Happy November: Giving Thanks

To welcome the new month, our resident Sales & Social Media Mama, Sonya, brings us inspiration for growing thankful hearts in our families.

As a young mom I wanted a change.

Thanksgivings in my childhood meant huge family gatherings, kids laughing + mixing their mashed potatoes + peas, adults sipping their wine + enjoying much needed adult conversation.

I loved my memories, but I wanted my kids to learn to be thankful -- to see Thanksgiving as a reminder to be grateful, to be humbled by the gifts we have recieved in this life.

SO. We began slowly, grabbing a small dead branch from a tree in the yard + "potting it" to serve as our "Thankful Tree". All throughout November the kids hung paper leaves, with their cute scribbles of what they were thankful for. It grabbed us. It softened our hearts to each other + to the daily-ness of our lives. It helped us see the gifts.

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Over the years, we have gathered with different loved ones on Thanksgiving: grandparents, families from states away, even at other homes. Some years we still "plant a tree in the dining room", other years we write our own lists on Thanksgiving day. But consistently through the years, our family sees November as a time to remember what we have received, how we have been blessed + how we bless each other.

My son adding his "thankful" to the tree.

My son adding his "thankful" to the tree.

It is part of the fabric of our family. And for that, this mama is thankful.

A place setting from a few years ago: each person had some "I am thankful for..." cards at their place.

A place setting from a few years ago: each person had some "I am thankful for..." cards at their place.

A few bits of inspiration for your family: