Thursday Thoughts: Thankfulness

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,

and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

G.K. Chesterton

Thanksgiving is  a great time to recount the many ways God has been good. When my oldest daughter was six, we started our “Thankful Tree” tradition. (Special thanks to my friend, Lucinda, for introducing this tradition to our family.) Every November we get the same brown paper, laminated tree trunk out of my fall decorations bin in the garage and tape it to our pantry door. (This year marks the 13th time we have done this.) We cut leaves out of fall colored card stock and place them in a  bowl with a roll of tape and a Sharpie. Everyday each of us, and anyone who happens to visit our home, writes one thing on a leaf we are thankful for, and we tape it to the tree. The leaves on our tree each year reflect a broad spectrum of things we appreciate…books, cameras, family, Bible, chocolate, sports, music, home, friends, church…. Anything goes. Nothing is too insignificant for a thankful leaf. After Thanksgiving, we take the tree down, and we put the dated leaves into a plastic bag and keep them to read through the next year when we plant our tree on the pantry door again.

One of the first leaves that goes on our tree every year is the one that simply says “Family”.  This year, my parents and youngest sister and her family were able to join my other sister and me in Suffolk for a family Thanksgiving. The last time we were all together was two years ago on Thanksgiving. This year, as in 2010, we did a photo shoot. Here’s my wonderful family! How thankful I am for each of them!

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