The thankful tree is something that has been floating around blog land and Pinterest for quite a few years.
Our family often partakes in the ritual of hanging the leaves of gratitude on our makeshift tree.
Other years, we have written on placements that which we are thankful for.
Today, I share this with you not so you can see this idea for the umpteenth time; but to shed some light on why our family chooses to do it.
I am a firm believer in taking the time to recognize your blessings.
The greatest lesson I have learned from writing this blog is that it is important to write down your blessings.
Every moment I share here I consider to be a blessing. My life, my family, my home, the little everyday moments, and my faith are among my greatest blessings. I am thankful to have them written down. I feel so much gratitude when I can go back and read; and be reminded how richly blessed my life has been.
I have always loved the quote:
“We write to taste life twice once in the moment and retrospect.” Anias Nin
I believe we write down our blessings once in the moment, and then so we can be reminded of God’s love in retrospect.
Often times I stumble upon those written down blessings at the very moment I need a good warm hug from God.
And this is what I want for our children.
Simple reminders of God’s love for them.
Written down by their own hand to see daily.
I was deeply touched the morning I walked down to see my littles in the kitchen filling out the leaves all on their own.
They know what blessings are.
They know they have been given so much.
They know God surely loves them…
and when their heart is heavy they won’t forget because, there it is, right in front of them, written in their own penmanship.
What are you thankful for? Take the time to write it down somewhere so you don’t forget.
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I am thankful for you.
Thank you for making this such a wonderful place to count my many blessings.