My friend Mari is one of those people who goes out of her way to make the world better. I love those kind of people. I love Mari! I love surrounding myself with people like Mari and I love reading her blog/magazine, Inspired by Family. It’s all out lovefest today I guess :)
When she came up with an idea for celebrating gratitude in November, you know I was in. So in … I’m hogging two whole days on her 21 day calendar. Each day has a prompt and can be written by you or your children, for the days where I’m not posting here, you will find me sharing things I am thankful for on the KSW FB page. Here are a few words from her about her celebration of gratitude project, find out at the end of this post how you can get involved too:
“My hope is that you will find beauty and blessings in the mundane, in the beautiful, in the ugly as you: change diapers, wash dishes, sit in holiday traffic, stir the pot of soup, look into your spouses eyes, hold your child in your arms… We are constantly surrounded by small miracles let’s open our eyes and embrace them. May the Lord open the eyes of my heart so I can see them!“
We will discover joy when we discover gratitude.
For today’s prompt, “a Teacher or someone who taught you something”, I’m handing the mike over to my littles.
The greatest part about sharing today’s post with my kiddos, is the people we are celebrating. They haven’t just taught my children, they have taught me as well. They have imprinted themselves in our hearts and will forever be a part of who we are. Isn’t that what teaching is really all about? These women have it down pat.
Please meet Miss Missy, Miss Cindy Regular and Miss Cindy Blue Bear.
These are the fabulous women who share their hearts with my children and who I consider my mentors; the models of the type of woman I am striving to become. Not pictured here, is Miss Sudie equally important in my life and the kiddos – just not pictured here.
Between them they have over a centuries worth of teaching experience and make up the total, complete package of everything you would want in a teacher for your child. While they are teaching my children to read and write and paint and explore and all the things you would expect one to learn while in kindergarten, more importantly, they are teaching my children how to be good people. They model kindness and compassion and instill confidence and strength. They teach manners and respect and self-control and for a mom like me, often tackling this parent thing on my own … they are a complete and utter Godsend. My life and my children’s’ lives are better because of them.
I asked each of my children this morning why they were thankful to have these extraordinary women in their lives and this is what they said:
“When I’m with them I feel happy” “They give good hugs” “She taught me to count”
“She likes to read to me” “She tells me I do good art” “Because I love her”
Isn’t that wonderful. :)
Today I am wholeheartedly thankful for these women and the three years we get to spend with them and for Mari for starting this process. Find out how you can take part too:
How to join in the fun! Nov 1st -21st
1. Let others know about our 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge for the Whole Family and use the hashtag#21DaysGratitude. Our hope is that it’s contagious and 1000′s of families join in so help us get the word out. In the midst of our busyness it’s easy to forget to pause and be thankful. Sometimes we are in the midst of difficult circumstances and we struggle with being thankful and that’s when we need thanksgiving to intervene.
2. Stop, reflect and engage in a moment of thankfulness each day this month, with your family. It can be big or small moments of gratitude.
“Hurry always empties the soul.” ~ Ann Voskamp
3. Share your moment on your blog with a photo, on facebook, twitter, pinterest or your preferred social network. If you’re doing this as a family let your kids snap a photo of something they are thankful for. It can be as simple as a taking a picture of a note written on a napkin that says “I am thankful I get to hold these little pudgy fingers”. You can journal it or do a service project. Make it simple or get as creative as you like.
4. Don’t worry if you are getting a late start or if you skipped a day. Just jump in and follow along.
Photo or Writing Prompts Printable: Feel free to come up with your own reflections of gratitude or if you need some prompts see below. (right click on image, then copy and paste into your document and print) Adjust the list below for your little ones as needed.
~To fully live we must embrace the small miracles of the moment.~
Today, I am sharing this prompt with my sweet friend Jen, please stop by her blog and check out what she has to say about gratitude and what a wonderful wife, mother, friend and blogger she is. Also thankful for her today as she has also hanged my life forever. Jenn is the catalyst behind Moms Fighting Hunger and the friend who allowed me to open up and be the me I needed to be in this big old online world. Thanks Jenn, love you big time!