As a parent, I really strive to teach my children what it means to be "thankful". I try to teach them how fortunate we are for all we have and how blessed we are as a family. As my daughter has gotten older, I see that she's starting to "get" it more. Being thankful and grateful doesn't just happen. I honestly believe it's a learned attribute. And just as my daughter and son are learning, I am always trying to learn to be grateful. It's easy to get caught up in the everyday...and it's easy to forgot all that we have in our lives. And that's why I love Thanksgiving. I love that there is a day that makes us stop and remember to be thankful. I love that Thanksgiving reminds us to TALK and WRITE and DOCUMENT all that we have in our lives.
A family tradition of ours is to do some type of "thankful project" each year. One year we created a thankful tree; one year we each listed what we were thankful for each day... This year, I put together a very simple Thankful album using some white card stock and Maggie Holmes' Open Book collection, which I'm sharing over on Maggie's blog today. Although this book is pretty simple, it is my favorite book to date because of the following tag:
Yep...I cried. Like a baby. Love her and our sweet little family.
I hope you and your family will take time to think about or even write down all that you are thankful for! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!