He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young
. {Isaiah 40:11}

23 November 2011

Thanks Giving Tree

We started something new in our house.
Now that CJ is old enough to know what being thankful is, we are hoping to impress the magnitude of God's gifts on him early.
This year, we're starting with our very own "Thanks Giving Tree".
Thanks to Snotober, we have plenty of fallen branches in our yard and a crab apple branch worked just right.
We tucked into a tall vase and filled it with rocks from the yard.

Then CJ and I colored and cut out a bunch of leaves.
We don't have a printer so drew basic leaf shapes but you can easily find free maple leaf template like this one from Family Fun.
I asked CJ what he was thankful for and it went something like this...
our new house...
Mommy and Daddy... and Caden and Kenzie...
and... um....
my bounce house {you know, the one he's deathly afraid of}... and my bounce house friends {whatever that means}...and Gram and Pap and Grandma Lemon."
Me: "What about Grandpa Lemon".
CJ: "um....... Grandma and Grandpa Lemon... and that's it."
So I wrote those down on paper for him and we punched holes in the leaves {taping the edges and trimming the excess tape for durability, and strung yarn through them. CJ hung them on the tree.

My plan is to bring this to our big family dinner tomorrow afternoon and try to convince my family to write their own leaves.{Yes. "Try to convince" is the proper word choice here. Results to come.}

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!
Be sure to eat way too much! 

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