Saturday, November 20, 2010


I'm working extra-hard on this one.   We've had a tough year.  Moving, loss, stress, illness, hospitals.  I tend to throw myself great big pity parties, but I've recently learned that that only brings me more misery.   I'm trying to focus on my blessings in everyday life, and there are multitudes.   (And not just because it's Thanksgiving!)  ;)  Being a tactile person, it helps me to write things down, and these writings also serve as daily reminders of my many, many blessings.

My children could certainly benefit from reflecting on their blessings as well, so we've created our family Gratitude Tree.  (I was inspired by this post.)   Seeing our tree grow makes my heart warm with joy. . . .

This morning, we made a sweet paper gratitude chain. . . . 

I know the staples don't look so lovely, but when working with eight Monkeys, simplicity and speed are key to our family projects.   And this project was definitely simple and quick.  We sat at the dining room table, talking about all the things we were thankful for, while we printed, cut and stapled the chains.  Decorations AND family time!  You can get the free download from Silverbox Creative Studio, and there are a few other neat suggestions for this project on their website.

Does your family have a project in which you celebrate and express gratitude?  I'd love to hear about your creative ideas and traditions!


  1. what a beautiful way to celebrate all you are grateful for! lovely blog...thanks for sharing.

  2. SO important Connie and I really don't thin I have spent enough time teaching this to my kids - there is so much to be thankful for.


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