This year we're lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving with my family in Mesa. I'm so excited! We're leaving on Saturday and staying for a week. I am really looking forward to sandals-n-short sleeves, the Turkey Trot, and spending time with my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, some choice California family, and anyone else we get to meet!
We do have a little tradition that we couldn't leave behind, however, so we did it today. We made a Thankful Tree.
Tonight Garry planted a branch cut from one of our backyard trees in a pot of rocks. Then the family gathered around the table and covered paper leaves with the things that fill our hearts with gratitude. The boys wrote lots of their own things this year, and I filled in the gaps. Because we only had 13 leaves left over from last year, we wrote on both sides and still talked about other blessings when we were done. I taught the boys a little song about being thankful, and I'm sure the tune will replay in my head for days to come.
It's good to have a gratitude reminder now and then.