“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -unknown

What did you create today?

There is power and peace in creation.

By definition,
: to make or produce (something) : to cause (something new) to exist

: to cause (a particular situation) to exist

: to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination

Elizabeth Gilbert posted a similar question on her Facebook page this morning and she inspired me to think more about this idea. I loved reading what everyone was doing and creating today from art to love to meals.

I’ve been creating space in my home. I’ve finally migrated my photo libraries and am now working on making a photo gift project. I’ve been making holiday plans and creating lists and more lists.

Jeff made a new brine for a turkey and smoked it on the smoker for dinner tonight. We all are enjoying his master chef hobby.


Charlie was creating music on his sax and put on a little short show for us after dinner.

Juliana made fudge.

Christian made progress studying this weekend and playing and building communities on Minecraft.

We had a creative day.

What did you create?

Juliana and I have been scouting Pinterest for craft ideas to do as a family the day after Thanksgiving. We went to Michael’s today to gather materials. I can’t wait for us all to be together and to see what everyone chooses to make.

Happy Thanksgiving Week. Keep calm and create happiness.


Giving Thanks

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