Friday, November 05, 2010

25 Days of Thankful - A Project

We've started a project in our house that I can proudly say we've kept at for 4 days! Perhaps a new family project record.

Before dinner each evening Ian and run into the backyard and collect the largest leaf we can find from our Mulberry tree. After a little dirt removal we set it on the dinner table with a marker. Through dinner we each talk about one thing we are thankful for. Ian seems to always go first and is quick to provide something concise and sweet.

Nov 1 - I'm thankful for plants things with you Mom
Nov 2 - I'm thankful for my family
Nov 3 - I'm thankful for keeping our house clean
Nov 4 - I'm thankful for my family

A little repetition is okay for me! I will show him Nov. 3rd when he's 13, just as a little reminder!

I write each of these on our leaf and we leave it as the centerpiece of our table.

The next day we repeat it. I'm loving watching the leaves from the our first days begin to slowly dry out as we add new ones to the pile.  I wait holding my breath just a bit to see what Ian is going to come up with each night.

In case you are curious, here is my list
Nov 1 - I'm thankful for my boys
Nov 2 - I'm thankful for difference of opinions
Nov 3 - I'm thankful for cupcakes
Nov 4 - I'm thankful for place where people know our names

And Shea's
Nov 1 - I'm thankful I learned to cook
Nov 2 - I'm thankful for a relatively transparent democracy
Nov 3 - I'm thankful for my family to come home to after a long day
Nov 4 - I'm thankful that when I had meningitis, I had no ill effects

Since the leaves will eventually be placed in our compost bin to become part of our garden, I'm capturing each of our statements on a card and will bind them together. Cathy Zielske made this even easier with her Thankful 4x6 Photo Album Project kit. It is in the DesignerDigitals store tomorrow. I've taken a little twist with it, since it's intended to be passed out for family to complete at Thanksgiving Dinner. I'm hoping to bind it to have at dinner. I'm not worrying too much over the photos. I used an iPhone photo from a new cupcake shop we found, but plan on using anything that fits! The leaves will show up somewhere in the process too!

So, what would your thankful list include? Today, I'm thankful to celebrate one more amazing year!


*Paula* said...

What a sweet idea. I stared posting one thing I'm thankful for each day this month but I like the idea of including the kids. Filing this idea away for next year!

mollie said...

Katrina . . . I love your brilliant mind . . . your ideas are always so original and so thoughtful. I can imagine that Ian will always remember getting the giant mulberry leaf from the yard and writing his "daily thankful" on it.

This morning I am thinking that I am thankful for all of my DD friends . . . I am thankful for you . . . and happy birthday to you too!!

Tami said...

Love it! I too started posting a thanks a day.. love the card too!

Kimbee said...

Awesome idea Katrina and I agree with Mollie, my bet is this fun leafy project will be one of Ian's most cherished childhood memories..

Happy Birthday wishes to you....

Mimi said...

Happy birthday!! said...

I love this Miss K! Have never been sure at the Dec daily but gratitude in Dec fits me to a T.

My thankful wish list will include, laughter, hot cocoa, strangers, music, comfortable and daydreaming. Great idea, thanks for sharing!


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