Gratitude Challenge: Day 2

It’s Day Two and I am convinced that this idea of Catching Raindrops of gratitude is truly inspired. I am grateful for the way it is focusing my mind and my heart on all the blessings around me and the way in which my kids are reflecting and feeding on the table God has prepared before them everyday.

Morning Entries of Gratitude

Journals are ready on our dining table for kids to write in before school starts.

Pretty Corners

During our Homeschool Morning Time ( affectionately known as ” Morning Symposium”),  for our character study time, we read the story about Doubt and Trust and discussed how trusting in the goodness of God, keeps us grateful even when things don’t always go as planned. We are following The Steps Program, which is the character building series we use for our homeschool. Our focus for this week , “Positive Outlook”, fits perfectly with our gratitude challenge. fullsizeoutput_44dd


In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth….Genesis 1

Continuing with the theme “New Life”, on this second day of the challenge, we had a very special family time affirming the kids. The grandparents, who are currently visiting us, also joined in the time of affirmation. After super, we remained around the dining table, and recalled the day each of them was born. We highlighted what made the time so special. We also took turns telling each child what we loved and enjoyed about them, their uniqueness and our firm faith in a good plans God has for their lives. I was particularly moved by the affirmations from my husband over the kids as well as the grandparents. I loved the smiles on the kids faces. When all the affirming words of gratitude were said and done, we asked them to turn to each other and tell what they love about each sibling. It was absolutely beautiful and an inspired moment.


I am so grateful, for each of my children and I choose to entrust them into the hands of my Heavenly Father and believe that their future is bright.

Bed-Time Entries of Gratitude 

Writing Prompt:  ” Today I smiled when . . . . .”

Each of us completed this sentence to end off our day.

Evening Time Entry – Elijah


“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  Melody Beattie



3 thoughts on “Gratitude Challenge: Day 2

  1. Maritsa Appollis

    Oh my goodness, Clarinda. What a special moment that must have been around the table for your children. I think people really underestimate the power of affirmation in a child’s life, especially since too many people are careless with the negative words they speak over children in the heat of a moment. It is a good reminder of how important words are and I am convinced that none of your children will ever forget this night – even if they forget the exact words that were spoken about them, the feelings it created in their hearts about themselves and each other will surely be rooted in forever.

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    1. Coach Angie!

      What a beautiful display of what it means to be truly grateful. A character trait that is so important to instill in our children when the world is always teaching them to be discontent by offering them the next material thing. Focusing on the little miracles that is all around us like family and letting each child know just how special God created them by affirming them is priceless.They will remember that moment forever.


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