Creative / Family / Memories


It’s November! If the calendar wasn’t enough, the daily expressions of thanks on my Facebook feed certainly serve as a reminder that it’s a month of gratitude. So, before I get too focused on eating myself into a food coma on Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to capture an attitude of gratitude. Yes, I DID just say that.

Every year, I approach the holidays with good intentions of creative traditions. I didn’t grow up with many family traditions- unless you count a trip to the “package store” with Mawmaw and Pawpaw, all the women cooking while the men went hunting, and finding a secure place to hide your valuables when the extended family came over. The holidays are not without memorable moments!

Anyway, I have slightly higher ambitions for my own family, and am always looking for creative (and more legal and emotionally healthy) ways to create memories. Jon and I had this discussion when we first got married and he said “traditions should happen organically.” The closest my family had to organic traditions was the use of marijuana. So, I intend to be more proactive. Call me crazy.

This year, Drew helped me cut some branches from the tree in the backyard, and we created a Tree of Thanks. I used a Cricut machine to cut out some paper leaves, which we keep in a wooden bowl on the kitchen table, beside our Tree. Each day, we write an expression of thanks on a leaf and attach it to the tree. So far, our tree covers everything from God’s mercy, to friends and family, to crayons and chocolate milk.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” 
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

We write our name and the year on the back of the leaf, and will keep a collection of leaves throughout the years. It’s always good to look back.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” 

Our Tree of Thanks















“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” 

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


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