As we approach Thanksgiving, we begin to stock up on turkey trimmings and… wrapping paper. We get so caught up in festivities, the hustle and bustle, that sometimes we forget that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks! Our family started a Thankful Tree this year (Thank you Pinterest!).
We found a limb from Irma’s leftovers and put it into a decorative vase with pine cones and fairy lights. I stocked up on scrapbook paper and cut out leaves, punched holes and added a string. Each night, my family writes down one thing we are thankful for and hangs it on our tree. It’s a great visual for our children (and us) to see how blessed we truly are.
On Thanksgiving Day, we are going to take all the leaves off our tree and say a prayer of thanks naming off each leaf individually. Then, I am going to put the leaves in a bag labeled 2017. We will do this every year and be able to look back and see what matters most to us.
Its funny to see what the kids write down. They write down things like candy, toys, books, summer, friends, music, (voice, colors and panthers was also said by my random child- We all have one, right?). My husband puts a lot of thought into what he puts down. He is thankful for the serious stuff like family, a job, healthy kids, a home and of course, living in sunny, warm Florida. I, too, write down the serious stuff. God, my amazing husband, my sweet children, warm baths, comfy beds obviously make the list… but I realize that I am forgetting the little things.
For us, moms, sometimes we don’t even realize what a blessing something is until it happens: That first time your baby sleeps through the night after countless sleepless nights, having a spare onesie in the diaper bag- just in case, when your kids are old enough to help with chores after years of doing it all by yourself! The truth is, there are lots of little things that every mom is thankful for:
- Locks on bathroom doors
- A sleeping baby- especially when they peacefully doze off in your arms
- Milestones and the memories
- Baby Wipes- We all know we use them as an all purpose cleaner!
- Online Shopping
- Text messaging
- Little hands that reach for yours
- Shoes with NO laces
- Dry Shampoo
- Little voices that call for you
- Bubblegum-flavored toothpaste
- Pants with adjustable waists for our super skinny child
- Free cookies in the grocery store bakery
- Husbands that take over when mom needs a break
- Trips to Target… alone
- Potty training successes
- Disney Junior
- Washing machines
- Oven timers. Irons with timers. Flat Irons with timers…. Timers in general
- Bedtime stories
- Big bear hugs and sloppy kisses
- Thoughtful gifts from our kids like humbling drawings of you and fresh picked flowers/ weeds
- Spare pacifiers
- Sippy cups that don’t leak
- Yoga pants and the moment your bra finally comes off
- Nap time because we all know that is our “Power Hour”
- Little volunteers that offer to scratch your back or “braid” your hair
- DVD players in cars for long road trips… or just around town
- DVRs and Netflix for when you get a chance to catch up
- Random kisses and “I love you”s
- Being a mom
Thanksgiving is a special time of year when we get to celebrate with family and give thanks for all of our blessings. I love being a mom and motherhood has taught me to appreciate the little things. This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the little things and I am thankful for my fellow moms who get that the little things are truly something to be thankful for!