I saw an idea for a “Thankful Tree” last year on Jones Design Company.
She simply gathered branches and placed them in a vase and secured them with rocks.
Since I happen to have a huge willow branch “tree” in my living room,
I couldn’t resist making it into a Thankful Tree for fall.
I started with some gift tags and cute chevron ribbon from Hobby Lobby.
I used some twine I had already.
Below is a pic of me burning the edged of the ribbon, so that they wouldn’t unravel.
After I glued on some ribbon and added some twine, I asked each person in our family to write two things they were thankful for.
If I do this next year, I want them to write it down themselves.
Little kid hand-writing is too cute!
Remember I had black crows on my branches for Halloween?
I took them off and added these wire leaves from the Dollar Store. LOVE THEM.
After adding the leaves, I used the twine to tie the tags on the branches.
I guess I’m a softy, because I may have gotten a little misty eyed as I hung up and read the tags.
They read as follows:
John (Dad): God, my family
Katie: My family, Time to spend together
Chloe: Jesus, my family
Luke: Food, Jesus
Joel: Things I get to learn about, Home Link (the public school homeschool site)
Zach 3 yrs: Trees, and Eva
Eva 2 yrs: My Pacifier, Zach
Other things that we talked about that made it on the tags: USA, having opportunities, friends, extended family, Eva smiles (this particularly has hit me lately, since I had a dear friend loose her 3 yr old daughter to cancer last week). Time spent with Dad (also dear to my heart, since the first two years we lived here, he was in training or in Iraq.)
Somehow counting our blessings, or what we’re thankful for, always helps put life into perspective.
I am so thankful for all the big and little blessings in my life right now….
I hope remembering to be thankful for them will keep my head and heart in check, as the craziness of the season picks up!