I just got the Thanksgiving box down on Monday. In the box, I found some of our Thanksgiving thankfulness projects. We haven’t done something every year, but I do have a few mementos. In 2003, we made foam trees. I must have been inspired by a preschool project.
In 2004, we were thankful that Charlie survived and didn’t take the time to create another project.
In 2005, we made placemats with each of our homemade trees of thanks. They are sitting around our table now and we are all getting a kick out of what we were thankful for back then.
In 2006, we made bookmarks. I have these hanging on a mirror in another hallway.
We must have been really busy living and were not that creative in the past 8 years!! This year we are settling again and are ready for another thankfulness project.
We looked on Pinterest, and both Juliana and I gravitated independently toward the same 3D tree idea. This morning the aha light went on, and after yoga I went to the craft store to get supplies and came home and began building our Thankful Tree to surprise the kids before they came home.
Later while I was out running errands, Charlie decided to adopt the tree and made it his own. He decided our tree needed birds, and proceeded to find the ones he liked, printed them, cut them out and attached them to our tree before asking what anyone thought of his idea. I loved his creativity and independence, even though this idea was NOT on pinterest and was NOT mine! Juliana was clearly bothered by his creative freedom and wanted them removed. Even though I preferred our simple tree idea, I loved his personal touch and ownership of our family project and I didn’t want to take away from his creativity. The birds stayed.
We are creating our leaves of thanks and adding them as we think of ideas. I can’t wait to see how our tree grows.
We have so much to be thankful for. I hope the tree is overflowing in abundance and I wish you happiness, good health and peace.
What are you thankful for this year?
xo Happy Thanksgiving next week! xo
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What a lovely idea, so inspiring!
I’m so glad you found this inspiring. 😉
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This is so lovely, had to reblog from Here I am.
Hello and thank you for sharing. I’m touched.
Wow! Thank you for sharing and connecting. I love how this works. 🙂
love your gratitude trees. will suggest it for our thanksgiving. thank you for sharing!
You are welcome. I’m so happy you like the idea and hope it works for your family too. We really love the creative process and don’t do it often enough. Happy Thanksgiving.
We are thankful for our continued good health & wonderful family. Happy Thanksgiving to the Hartley family. XOXO the Hunters
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I am thankful that you are part of my life! Happy Thanksgiving Pat and Chuck!! xo
We are thankful to count the Hartleys among our friends. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
I am thankful that you had a minivan back in the day, and knew of a good pediatrician and preschool and all that good stuff. I’m still following your lead!! I am thankful for you my friend! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.xo