Friday, November 1, 2013

an exercise in thankfulness

Ah, November is finally here!  

I'm not a big fan of the end of October, so I am always happy to see November arrive and the focus shift to the happy things of fall.

This year, in preparation for Thanksgiving, I want to help my children really think about the things for which they are thankful.  In other words, I don't want them just to say the same things we talk about every year, I want them to dig deeper and see if they can expand their lists.

So, with that goal in mind, my plan is to read a different passage or passages from Psalms every day and then have the children write down something they are thankful for on a slip of paper.  We are going to collect the slips in a jar and then read them later this month.  Ideally, we would read them Thanksgiving Day, but I don't think that will work this year, so we'll just have to find another time.

Of course, the goal is to remind the kids ~ and myself ~ that we need to always be thankful for the abundant blessings God has showered on our family.  Ronnie and I try to live this out before them all year long, but I think we all need a solid, tangible reminder every once in a while.

I'd like to tell you that I'll blog something I am thankful for every day this month, but we all know that isn't going to happen.  Just know that I am adding my list to the kids' list and maybe I'll share some of the things from each of us later this month.

Happy Fall, Y'all!