Thanks and Blessings, Week 1
Last week I read a post on Blissfully Domestic about Making a Blessing Box. The general idea is that you take a box, you decorate it and in it you put slips of paper where each family member has written down blessings or things they are thankful for throughout the month of November. On Thanksgiving Day it is opened up and the contents are read.
I have wanted to do something to encourage Grace’s understanding of what a blessed life we all have as well as being thankful for different basic things in our life.
After reading this post, I adapted the idea to fit our situation (Grace can’t write so she would need to tell us and Owen can’t participate yet).
So every day until Thanksgiving, starting November 1, Grace and I talk about the things that are blessings to her that happened that day or just in general. At first I explained what things I was thankful for such as Danny, Grace, Owen, our family, a roof over our head that keeps us dry, clean clothes, etc. And then I asked her if she had any ideas. It seems to have gotten easier as the days have passed. If something happens that she seems really excited about I have asked “is that something that you are thankful for today?”
I think it is clicking in her mind.
Some of her responses have been very sweet.
I thought I would post every Thursday until Thanksgiving so that you can see what she says and then I may re-post all of them on Thanksgiving, IF I can pull (or push) myself away from the table…
Grace’s List of Thanks and Blessings
Saturday, November 1
“I am thankful for Christmas because Auntie Kaeley will be home and I love her.”
Sunday, November 2
Grace: “I like my room”
Me: “What is your favorite part?”
Grace: “That Owen is in here because I love him and I would be lonely without him.”
Monday, November 3
“I am thankful for a warm house that is cozy when it is raining outside.”
Tuesday, November 4
“You are the best mommy that I ever wanted.”
Wednesday, November 5
“I am thankful for my new socks.”
Thursday, November 6
Grace: “I am thankful for brother.”
Me: “What about brother?”
Grace: “Nothing, I just love him.”