With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's important to take a moment
and note all that we have been blessed with over the past year. The past few weeks in homeschool our lessons have focused on the history and traditions of Thanksgiving. I've also been reading a number of stories with reflections on thankfulness and gratitude. We try to model a posture of thankfulness- because really, being grateful is an internal state and we give of ourselves out of a sense of abundance.
One of the crafts we've done the last few years has been creating "Thankful Turkeys". Each year we add to our rafter. (Trivia for the day- a group of turkeys is called a rafter or a gang!) Each year the kids' focus changes. Instead of Legos or dinosaurs being the first thing to come to mind, their siblings names now make the list without prompting. Hey, Progress!
This year, after slaving away at the stove and constructing the perfect tablescape....pause just a moment before digging-in and take stock as a family for all you've been abundantly given. It's a wonderful way to model an "attitude of gratitude".