Written by contributing writer, Michele at Frugal Granola.
Turning the calendar page to the autumn-leafed splendor of November momentarily brought slight pangs of “mommy guilt” to this homeschooling mama.
“What?! Thanksgiving is approaching, and I haven’t prepared a “thankfulness unit,” complete with Bible verses, family activities, and crafts?”
Then I heard my little boy’s voice at the table behind me lisping, “Yeth please. Thank you.”
And I remembered.
It’s the intentional, everyday thankfulness that I seek to cultivate in my children’s hearts; illuminating the awe of everyday blessings amid both trials and goodness.
Yes, we’ll still celebrate Thanksgiving. We’ll eat turkey, sweet potatoes, and pie (they’ve already put in their requests).
But real thankfulness isn’t limited to one day; albeit how special the “National Holiday”, or how creative a schooling curriculum may be.
The real joy to this mama’s heart is when we’re celebrating moments.
(I’ve been journaling my thankfulness for daily gifts, since reading One Thousand Gifts last year.)
- The family “assembly line,” picking the bucketfuls of apples before frost arrives.
- My brave little girl spontaneously giving her testimony for the first time to another girl at the library.
- Warm chocolate chip cookies from the oven (from Nana’s well-worn recipe).
- Memorizing our weekly Bible verses together.
- Savoring a visit from a special friend. (“It’s ok the dog ate my present; I just wanted to see her.”)
- A soothing bedtime medicine on a rough night.
- New snow boots for the coming winter.
- Giggles & hallelujahs from the playroom; singing along to a (very loud) worship CD.
- Pennies saved to sponsor an international AWANA club.
- My little boy with his favorite library book, carrying it around town.
- The joy at choosing special items for our Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
- Sweet smiles from a friend’s baby.
- The whole family (including the kicking littlest one in my belly!) snuggling in the cozy flannel sheets of Daddy & Mama’s bed on an early, chilly morning.
- Warm milk and a big bowl of popcorn on a Sabbath afternoon.
- Sharing a huge pot of homemade soup with friends.
17 Pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)