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)