Our Family’s Thankful Journal

When I think of all the things I am thankful for in my life, I feel blessed that my list is long.  But at the top of it, bold and underlined, is my sweet baby girl and my kind, amazing husband.  My precious family of three. Small, but mighty.  My husband my rock, my baby girl my heart.  I thank God every day that Mike arrived the moment I was ready, and not a second sooner.  That we were, together, given the greatest gift.  Annabelle.  I am thankful that our home is a place of love and giggles, where dancing in the kitchen in your pajamas is encouraged.

This Thanksgiving, I wanted to start a new tradition for my little family; keeping a Thankful Journal.

In this journal we will record (every year during the Thanksgiving season) all the things that each member of our family feels thankful for.   I will keep the journal with our Thanksgiving decorations so that each year as we decorate the house for the holidays, we will get to revisit all the things we were thankful for in years past…as we add our new grateful thoughts.

I see it being a wonderful way to teach Annabelle what being thankful means.  And, I think it will be particularly precious to have a record of what she is thankful for each year…and how it changes as she grows.

When I saw this sweet little journal at HomeGoods, I thought it would be perfect for our family’s journal.  I loved the simple red heart on the cover.

On the first inside page I wrote the title: Our Family’s Thankful Journal…

Then on the second page I wrote: This Thanksgiving we are thankful for…

Then I created a 2012 page for Mike, Annabelle and me.

Mike and I can record our own thoughts, while Annabelle can dictate hers and then decorate her little page however she wants.  Of course, once she is able to write her own entry, she will…and what a fun way to record how her handwriting changes from year to year.

I envision this being a lovely keepsake to add to each November as we revisit old memories and thoughts.  I think that one day Annabelle will look back and smile as she reads what her tiny two-year-old-self was most thankful for this Thanksgiving.  Once we’ve recorded her thoughts for this year, I will be sure to share her page with you.

Speaking of things I am thankful for, I want to give a big thank you hug to all the bloggers who are participating in this month’s Collectively Creative: The Thankful Edition.  They have each written a wonderful post inspired by the word Thankful.  So please, click away and be inspired.

Mrs. Hetherington’s Thanksgiving Pageant (Pillows A-La-Mode)

Creating a Thankfulness Photo Album (Organizing Living Essentials)

T.H.A.N.K.F.U.L. for my Kiddos! (Neaten Your Nest)

DIY ‘Thankful’ Dry-Erase Board (Inspire & Indulge)

What I’m Thankful for: Grandparents and Cinnamon Rolls (The Thing About Joan)

Healthy Chicken Sausage and Apple Stuffing (My Healthy ‘Ohana)

Roasted Squash And Garlic Apple Potage (Cul De Sac)

Vegan Creamed Corn Cornbread (The Pancake Princess)

Holiday Entertaining: Gifts For Your Guests (Green Door Hospitality)

Thanksgiving Requests (Ponytail Kind of Day)

Rustic DIY Thank You Cards (NorthStory)

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  1. I LOVE this idea, Kelly! What a treasure for your family.

  2. What a wonderful idea!! I love the idea of being able to look back on past years and see what things change…and what things you’re thankful for stay the same!


  4. This is adorable! What a great way to teach gratitude to children. I agree that it’ll be cute and fun for Annabelle to look back and see what she wrote in previous years! :)

  5. This is something that when she grows up will mean the world to her (and you both)!

  6. Love it! I think looking back at Annabelle’s thoughts and handwriting will be so much fun for years to come. :)

  7. What a nice way to keep thoughts!! love it!
    by the way, I don’t know why, but my post didn’t published by itself as it was supposed too
    :( just did, hope everything is fine!
    Thanks again for the opportunity :)

  8. That’s a wonderful idea — I especially like that, as she grows, you can turn back and read over what everyone was thankful for from year to year. That’s a true treasure!

  9. Thank you, Joan! I do imagine it will be fun to look back through year after year…

  10. I am very impressed with the idea of teaching children to explore gratitude. I am doubly impressed with writing it down. I believe writing it gives it more power.
    Gratitude is the antidote to self pity which is so debilitating and habit forming.
    Here in Australia we don’t have thanksgiving day but we do have a lot to be grateful for.
    I am inspired to hand out Christmas gifts this year that my son and I will make for friends and rels called “Thank full journal” and of course mention your blog because I believe citing your source is really important. Great and uplifting ideas and I look forward to reading the rest.

  11. What a great idea, I think I will start it this year, thanks for sharing

  12. This is a wonderful idea…I am definitely going to do this with my husband and daughter this year! You are right, it will be so fun to look back over the years and see what we’ve written and how our little ones are growing and developing! Thank you for organizing this link up, Kelly :) It’s been wonderful to read everyone’s ideas and what they are thankful for!

  13. Kelly, I am holding my heart and smiling as I am truly touched by your obvious love for your husband and Annabelle. I wish I had started this wonderful tradition with my family/children when they were young. It will be so neat to see Ananbelle’s writing skills develop as she grows older. I also love your writing style and the way you share your ideas. Thank you for your friendship… although it is through our blogs… I am still so inspired. ~Thea

  14. What a beautiful idea!

  15. That is such a sweet idea–your kids are lucky to have such a thoughtful mom!

    Thanks again for having me for this month’s Collectively Creative–I’ve met a bunch of new bloggers and they are all so talented and nice!

  16. Love this, great idea! :-)

  17. Fantastic idea! I might copy…

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