Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Thankful Tree

November 1st...are we all shocked to be this far into fall already!?!

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am reminded again that I want to practice gratitude in response to God's numerous daily gifts, as Thankfulness opens my eyes more fully to my Saviour's amazing love and grace in my life. I want my children to understand that Thankfulness is so much more than merely a holiday one Thursday in late November. It is a heart response to a God who so intricately and mercifully weaves our moments and our days into a beautiful pattern of His good choosing.

To give us a visual reminder to stop and acknowldege some of the daily benefits and blessings of our great God, we put together a Thankful Tree today. It was as easy as gathering a few bare branches to arrange in a vase, and cutting a pile of simple leaf shapes out of scrap cardstock. My daughter's job was to punch a hole in each leaf to thread them onto the branches.

The leaves are ready in a little dish so we can quickly jot down (or children can draw a little picture) of whatever we are thankful for throughout the day. Our Tree sits on the counter in the center of our home so it's always in view. I can't wait to read all of these blessings together as a family at Thanksgiving!

A little different variation you may want to try is a Blessing Board. This is an idea I saw and copied last year from Julie at her blog, Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss. It's a fabulous idea to hang on a wall or lean on a mantle and change out each week. Check out her full tutorial here.

I hope your November is off to a wonderful start...and that there is much to be thankful for each day of this beautiful month ahead!

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." I Thess 5:16-18


  1. Looks great, Kylee! Love your tree!

  2. Such a good idea! We do a similar tree during Christmas (a Jesse tree) but I never thought to do one like this for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the great idea!