Whew! What a beautiful day yesterday full of great food, family and glorious fall weather. There is so much for which we are thankful.
Before we turn our minds completely toward Christmas, I wanted to wrap up the Tree of Thanks and also share some fun photos from friends who made the turkey cupcakes!
Periodically I will get interested in what the proper names are for groups of animals. You know, a “gaggle” of geese, a “pod” of whales, a “host” of sparrows and an “unkindness” of ravens…the list goes on and on. Turns out a group of turkeys can be called a “rafter” or a “gang.” Even though I tend to refer to any group of birds as a “herd” just because it sounds funny. Go ahead, say it. “A herd of turkeys.”
Thanks ladies for sharing your turkey photos with us!
And today I took down the Tree of Thanks. What fun we had filling out those little cards each night and hearing what our 4-year-old came up with to be grateful for.
Today when I took all the little notes out of their pockets and stored them away (I mean, really, how fun is it going to be to read those in about 20 years?) I read through them all again. I must admit I was surprised to see that my son had not listed any “stuff” in his thankful notes. There was one mention of his train bed – which was a labor of love by his dad and grandfather – and another mention of a new Spiderman book – which was a reward for really good behavior one weekend we were away. Otherwise there wasn’t a toy listed. Here are some of my favorites:
“I’m thankful for my toad, Fuego.” (There were notes for the cat and dog as well.)
“I’m thankful for the whole Earth.”
“I’m thankful for my baby and that he’s OK.” (This was after a trip to the ER with his little brother. We were all thankful for the same thing that night.)
“I’m thankful for my mommy’s good cooking.” (My husband swears that response was unprompted.)
“I’m thankful for Spanish class.”
“I’m thankful for a bike ride with daddy.”
“I’m thankful for God.”
I’m hoping that in this coming year I can see our life more like my son sees it. Grateful for the simplest things. The things I’ve long taken for granted.
And now, just four days until the advent-calendar-countdown begins…so I must go start untangling lights and find those stockings…