Happy Monday, Kansas City! I’m about to boggle your minds — Thanksgiving is NEXT week! Can you even believe it? 2016 is flying by and there has been so much to be thankful for. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Leah, has a few ideas of how to store those “blessings,” including an awesome Blessings Box she made with her own family. Check it out…
Countdown to Thanksgiving: Create a Blessings Box
Several years ago I received an amazing gift from a dear friend of mine. She made me a beautiful “Blessings Box” for me to store my blessings in.
The idea was for me to write down my blessings every night and store them in the box.
Then whenever I felt down I could pull them out and read them out loud. This was to serve as a reminder of my blessings. It was such a thoughtful gift. I still use this box four years later.
One day as I was writing down several of my blessings my son asked what I was doing.
Next thing I knew he joined in. We had so much fun writing down things we were blessed/ thankful for. My son then turned into a weekly event. Once a week we would write down things we loved about eachother. We also included things we were grateful for about one another. We did not show one another what we wrote. We stuck them in an envelope then placed them into our “Blessings Box”. Then on Sunday evening we would read them to each other. This was such a beautiful refresher for the both of us. There are many times in life where we forget to tell each other what we love the most about them. It was such a beautiful blessing to have them in writing as well.
I highly encourage you this November to sit down as a family and create a “Blessings box” or a “Blessings jar”. Who doesn’t love hearing what people love about them?
No special paper needed. Any scrap will do! We then go around the table and one by one open the slips of paper, seeing the blessings of our lives laid before us. As we read from the past year we are always reminded of the ways God has taken the good and bad times and turned them into family memories, a tangible picture of God’s love for us.
I cannot begin to tell you how we look forward to this time. As our family ages and changes we welcome new members and treasure those to come in future years. Our culture of family traditions didn’t start overnight but are the culmination of years living life together.
Where do you start? Take one day at a time and try these tips for instilling gratitude in your children.
- Start young. Even small children can be taught to say thank you to God through their prayers, songs and words.
- Point out to your children the many ways you are thankful to God for His provision, His love and your family.
- Model a thankful heart. Tell your children and spouse thank you for the gift of their lives each day.
- Encourage your children to say thank you and “catch” each other doing acts of service.
- As the children get older, have them look up scriptures on thanksgiving and write the verses out. Use them in art projects or special presents for friends and family members.
I decided to make inspire my whole family to participate in this challenge to look for the good things and finding things to be grateful for every day. I had a nice glass jar already on hand and simply wrote on it with a black Sharpie Marker. In case we decide to use the jar for something else, the Sharpie will easily come off with some rubbing alcohol. But, I did not trust my handwriting. Instead of trying to write with freehand on the jar, I printed off what I wanted to write on the jar with a couple different handwriting fonts, put it inside the jar and simply traced it. I put the jar on the kitchen counter with a stack of pre-cut paper strips and a marker to make it easy.
It is wonderful to watch the little pile of notes slowly grow inside. I noticed I often pause during the day when I feel grateful for something – a kind word from brother to brother- and write it down. It has made sometimes stressful episodes more bearable throughout the day. I reflect more on what I am thankful for instead of what annoys me. I also asked my family to write down at least 1 thing they are grateful for every day. We intend to read the notes on Thanksgiving Day.
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