November 13, 2012

Thankful Journals

November is such a wonderful time of year.  I love how it easily lends itself to reflecting on your blessings.  I've tried to instill an attitude of gratitude in my boys, but that takes a bit of work.  Each day in November we take turns saying what we're thankful for that day (something we should be doing every day of the year).   In year's past, we've written our ideas on leaves and made a Thankful Tree.  I've loved doing this and will probably do it again in the years to come, but I wanted to add a little bit more.

 Last year I saw this darling idea from Cat over at Caterinas Creative Corner.  She wrote down what her family was thankful for on brown paper then framed it and put the word Grateful (I believe she used vinyl) on the glass.  I love when beautiful home decor can be meaningful! 

Caterinas Creative Corner
So in order to incorporate all these ideas, I decided a Thankful Journal would be helpful this year.  The journals have enough pages that we can use them from year to year.  It will be fun to pull the journals out each November and read through our thankful lists from years past.  In the past when we've done the Thankful Tree I've just thrown  the leaves away after Thanksgiving.  The journals will be a more permanent place to keep our thoughts, they'll help in making our list for Cat's cute Grateful frame, and we can still add our thankful ideas to leaves for a tree.

Our journals are very simple.  You can be as fancy or plain as you like.  Here's what I did.  I bought these cute journals (they're plain brown on the front when you buy them and only $1) from Sierra's.  I love going to Sierra's when I visit my parents in Idaho.  They are closing their store there (sniff, sniff), so I'm going to stock up on them next time I go.  I bought the felt turkeys at Michael's and used my Martha Stewart alphabet stamp set to put the lettering on the front.  I used stickers to put the year at the top of the page inside.  Simple, simple.  We'll fill up as many pages as we need this year and then put them away until next year.  Happy journaling.  
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