Each year at the beginning of November we whip up our traditional "Thankful Tree."
It hangs on the fridge all month and when we think of something we are grateful for, WHAM, we can slap a thankful leaf or two up on that thing.
This year the tree has been slow in coming. Sometimes life sure gets in the way of best-laid-intentions.
But it's here. And boy do we ever have a lot to be grateful for.
It started like this where Grace was the lone instigator of gratitude.
But last night for Family Home Evening it spread to all of us and we added a bunch of leaves to "catch up" to where we would be had we started earlier.
...and then we played Rummikub and had family trivia with "extra long" Twizzlers for prizes which everyone started whipping around the place and ended with someone in tears...not sure if it was because they got whipped or because they didn't get as many as someone else.
But that's beside the point. The point is that amidst the mayhem our hearts filled up with gratitude for so much.
How I adore Thanksgiving and the pause to let our worries and heart-aches get smothered out by the things we sometimes forget to kneel in utter gratitude for.
Lucy was especially into exhibiting her new-found writing and spelling skills.
She came up with some good ones, including "bale eyes" which is translated as "blue eyes."
Which brings me to one of my biggest "grateful for" things today:
All the amazing notes and fund raising ideas and donations that came through for the I Love Lucy fund yesterday.
I got all teary a couple times through the day as they just kept rolling in.
Can I tell you how much it means to have people care about and love your daughter and other BBS kids they have never even met? It feels like your heart might explode.
Thank you, thank you. Please keep the ideas and any donations coming. They are going to make such a big difference.
I have an idea on that I will write about soon, but for today I just want to say, there's nothing like a heavy-laden tree to remind you of all those blessings.
Let's take a closer look at that thing so far:
It's off to a good start.
Christmas, I love you, but please let us bask in all this gratitude stuff first before you come marching on in in all your glory.