I hope all of you are finding time to reflect, relax, and remember the many things we have to be thankful for this year. Thanksgiving is after all a time to reflect and give thanks for our many blessings throughout the year. It’s a time to remember from whom our blessings flow and it’s a time to relax and have some fun being thankful. How about planning a “Thankful Scavenger Hunt”. Kids of all ages can get involved and if you have drivers in your family; even better. Make a list of things you and your family are thankful for (10-20 Items). Your list will depend on the ages of your children and how far away you want them to travel to find their “thankful treasures”. You could offer a special privilege or treat for the winner. Plan a Hunt around your house, neighborhood, town or even spice up the trip to see your family over Thanksgiving. Take pictures of your finds or make videos to enjoy later as you celebrate the winners.
First, make a sign that says, “I am Thankful for…” (To hold up in front of the items on your list). Make your list. Take a picture or video of the items with your sign, as proof of your finds. Each person can get a copy. If you have a large group, divide into teams. Have fun, be creative, but most of all, be thankful!
Here is an example of a list for your hunt…
Being thankful and having a grateful heart is a choice, an attitude. Sometimes we get so caught up in the business of everyday activities and schedules that we forget to express our gratitude to our Father in heaven, who is the giver of all good and perfect things. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.” (Psalm 28:7) Enjoy being together. Let your children see you being thankful and singing praises of thanksgiving.
Giving Thanks, Lisa
With Thanksgiving upon us we are reminded of all of the things we are thankful for and for all of the blessings we have had throughout the past year. This is also the beginning of that often stressful Holiday Season. You know, that time of year when we are so busy with preparing special dishes, planning special occasions, looking for special ideas and making our homes a special place so that the family holiday time can be……well, SPECIAL!!!
As busy moms we often miss the whole holiday itself and the meaning behind it. So here is an idea I found to help remedy that, a Thankful Wall. Place a designated “wall” in your home just to be reminded of what we are thankful for and as things come to mind, you and your family place them on the wall. At the end of the day (or week) review what has been put on the wall and say a family Thanksgiving prayer for all of the blessings that were posted. Remember, God is present in our every day lives and therefore we should be thankful for everyday things; like chocolate, pets, children who do their homework, etc. Don’t judge items on your wall, this is a time to just be thankful
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Here’s how to get started… designate a location in your home such as a poster board, bulletin board, chalkboard, refrigerator, or an actual wall. Write Thankful Wall on your space and get busy being thankful. Write words, use pictures, be creative. You and your family will be so busy being thankful that you might actually enjoy the holiday!
With a grateful heart, Lisa
Check out this cross you can use for your front door or fireplace mantle during Thanksgiving.
floral foam cut into a cross shape (can purchase this in large rectangles at your local craft store)
a roll of burlap about 3 to 4 inches wide
coordinating ribbon for a bow (wired works best)
small chalkboard sign for messages if desired
straight pins with large heads
Wrap the burlap around the cross shape. Start by cutting some pieces to put around each point (top, bottom and both sides) then secure with straight pins.
Next, wrap more burlap around the shape being careful to overlap the edges already positioned.
Put some hot glue dots at various locations as needed.
Form the bow and attach with either hot glue or tie around middle with a small piece of ribbon. You can match the ribbon to your decor.
It took me probably 30 minutes to construct it.
Enjoy making this!
Walking the road with you,
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