Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gratefully surviving, and a GIVEAWAY!

~~~ The giveaway is now over.~~~

I'm sorry I've been absent here lately.  We've been in survival mode for the past few weeks.  About a week after Brendan returned home from the hospital, every single kid, and that includes the husband, was sick.  Bad Sick. Baby Henry had the Bad Sick plus ear infections, and is now on week 3 / round 2 of antibiotics to try to clear them up.  I think (and hope and pray) that everyone is now on the mend.  And for that, I'm so grateful.

Speaking of gratitude. . . .

In the midst of the coughing and sneezing and snotting, the kids reminded me about our annual Gratitude Tree.  (Here's our very first one.)

For the trunk, we usually use brown kraft packaging paper from Dollar Tree, and a few thumb tacks and/or packaging tape to hang it on the wall.  This year, I used some packaging filler from a delivery (thanks, Amazon!) which was perfect for this!  I love watching it grow!

We use construction paper and card stock for the leaves, and tape them to the wall with packing tape.  (We've never experienced any damage to the paint using the tape, but maybe we've just been lucky.)  I leave a box of leaves out all month long, with sharpies and tape, so anyone can add a gratitude leaf to our tree whenever the grateful mood strikes.

It's not too late to start one in your home this season!  Even hanging one up for Thanksgiving Day is a neat exercise in gratitude.  Plus, it's fun to see what the kiddos are thankful for. . . .

I hope you'll give it a try!

And did you notice the buntings next to our tree?

I whipped up three strands of flags in autumn colors for our dining room, and only used two.  So you know what that means. . . .


I am so very thankful for you guys.  No, I'm not just saying that.  You have traveled with me through new babies, losses, moves.  You've bought from me, sold to me.  You've cheered for me and pushed me forward.

You listened.

I truly appreciate you.

So I'd like to give this autumn bunting to one lucky reader.  It's not much, and in no way signifies how grateful I am for each of you, but I hope you'll enjoy it anyway.

14 pretty autumn flags, made from a blend of 
new, vintage, reclaimed and designer fabrics

TO ENTER, just leave a comment sharing something you're grateful for today.  I'll draw a random name from the comments tomorrow evening (Wednesday, the 19th,) and have it popped in the mail on Thursday, the 20th, hopefully arriving at the winner's in home time for Thanksgiving.  (not a guarantee, but I'll try my best....  International readers are more than welcome to enter, but the buntings will take much longer to arrive.)

And please feel free to share this post on facebook, twitter or pinterest, if you're so inclined.  There are some handy ShareThis buttons below. . . .

Talk to you tomorrow!


  1. I am thankful for love, family, a home full of chaos filled with laughter and above all MY FAITH!

  2. I am thankful for my family and friends, and Prayers & Angels!!

  3. I'm so thankful for giveaways like these! There's not a lot of excitement (well there is but its not always the good kind!) being a SAHM, giveaways and contests help break up the day and the feeling of winning is amazing! Thanks for hosting this!!!

  4. I'm thankful for the time I have with my little daugther. Watching her how she grows every day, learning new words and having her really own will. Not easy all the time - but thankful I'm for every time.

    Greetings from Germany!
    I like your blog ans I love the gratitude tree, I will try that one!

  5. I'm thankful for my family and for all days we are toghether. SG

  6. I am so grateful I got to sleep in this morning! My kiddo kept me up all night, and my husband has the day off today, so this worked out great!

  7. I am grateful that my husband was not hurt in his car accident a few days ago and that we have the money to pay for the deductible... (wish I didn't have to spend it on that - I wanted to go to Disneyland...) :)


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