Gratitude Challenge Day 9 and 10

“ As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”    (Proverbs 23:7)

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The story of “ The Magic Mask” is a story in which a powerful ruler with a face full of bitterness, later transforms his frowning cruel countenance to one of understanding and love. He does this  with the help of a magic mask which only remains in place when thoughtfulness and gentleness come from within the ruler. He wears a mask to win the love of a beautiful lady, but later frees himself from the mask when he realises that it was his thoughts that shaped his new and true self. This was a beautiful story that sparked so much discussion in our home.

Gratitude changes the countenance of our hearts because gratitude always attracts Truth, Beauty and Goodness.

We are memorizing Philippians 4:18 together, so we engaged the kids in creating their own collages of depictions of whatever is True, Noble,right, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.  

We are all learning that gratitude goes hand in hand with creating the mindset that attracts more truth, beauty and goodness in our lives.

Evening Writing Prompts for Day 9 and 10 really opened up conversation and connection with each child.

  •  3 things I love about my best friend
  •  3 things I love about my school
  •  3 of my favourite games

“A grateful heart is a magnet for Miracles”
~ unknown

Gratitude Challenge Day 7 and 8

We are keeping up with entries in our gratitude journals day and night, while engaging in some family time activities that keep us focused on practicing gratitude. This challenge is not meant to be rigid. I am basically taking it day by day, weaving our natural family rhythms, happenings in the world around us, events that we find relevant and interesting, as well as our unique family interests, in order to create some teachable moments. I don’t want this to be laborious and I am open to my kids giving me ideas along the way as well.

I am grateful that no one is hurt from the volcano in Hawaii

For instance during our Morning Symposium time on Day 7, one of my kids asked about the volcanic eruption in Hawaii and we discussed how we might look at this from a place of gratitude. Every moment when we wake, and when we rise, we can be aware and in tune with teachable, gratitude moments that we have right in front of us.

Apart from having great conversations about events happening around us, another family activity that we did today (Day 8),  involved showing gratitude to the people who have impacted us, have served us and who are part of the communities we live in. With today being the National Teacher Appreciation Day, we seized the opportunity to express thanks to people who have supported our growth and learning this year. Although I am the primary teacher for my homeschooled younger two ( almost 10yr and almost 7yrs), my oldest son is still at school. He took flowers to school today to show appreciation to his amazing teachers and Kendra and Elijah, did some water-color stencil art, making cards to say thanks to some awesome people in our homeschool co-op.

 

During the course of this week, we will continue to pay close attention to the people outside of the walls of our family, who make our world a better place. This will differ from family to family, but the idea is to use the natural rhythms, events and people we encounter this week as the focus of your gratitude. Perhaps a child’s dentist appointment or doctor’s appointment presents the opportunity for us and our kids to see ourselves not as isolated and separate, but rather to celebrate the fact that we have community around us, and the people that make up this community whether we know them personally or not, are worth celebrating and being grateful for.

Bed-Time Entries of Gratitude

Day 7 Writing Prompt: “ I am grateful for my mom because . . . .”

Day 8 Writing Prompt: “ Today, 1 thing I learnt was . . . .”

 

” Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”  Alan Cohen

Gratitude Challenge: Day 5 and Day 6

I absolutely loved weekends! No weekend is the same in our house. Sometimes we just hang around the house doing so much and so little at the same time, while time passes between dinners, books, parks, ice cream, movies and sushi, in no particular order . Many times I get a bee in my bonnet about something, either creative diy project, a cleaning frenzy to hit the restart button for the week, or a place I desperately want to check out in our beautiful city. This weekend, I had the idea to turn our gratitude challenge into something practical.

 

We decluttered our wardrobes!  We are grateful that we have clothes to wear and we are grateful for God’s provision, but the truth is we absolutely do not need so much of it. Fellow blogger, Coach Angie shared her Capsule Wardrobe that she created for her kids and I loved the practicality and simplicity of it, so we plunged ourselves into that and spent part of the weekend getting our wardrobes lighter!

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We are excited that we can now donate the clothes to our Salvation Army.

I think that Gratitude really fuels contentment, which in turn helps us travel light, as we journey through life.

“ A grateful person is rich in contentment.” David Bednar

 

 

Gratitude Challenge: Day 4

Gratitude is a catalyst to change.  It’s like shining light onto the minute details of our  lives. The ones that go unnoticed so many times as the rushing chaos of busy living leads to deafening noises in a discontented heart. Gratitude brings to a hush, the impatience of that greedy heart. It stills the graving for more and more, and turns the smelly swamp into  fresh flowing streams.

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Morning Entries of Gratitude

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Clarinda’s Entry – Day 4

 

FAMILY TIME – NEW LIFE

We have had my in-laws visiting from South Africa and they will sadly be leaving in a couple of days. We are grateful for the time they have spent here. It has been a new and wonderful experience for them and taking the time to squeeze the most out of simple times together.

 

 

Bed-Time Entries of Gratitude

Writing Prompt:  ” I love my dad because ……..”

Kids wrote in their journals before bed…..

” I love my dad because he loves me and he always cares for me…” AJ.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” — Thornton Wilder

 

 

Gratitude Challenge: Day 3

On any given day at my house, I have so many routine and mundane tasks to take care of as a mom. Laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, decluttering, the list goes on. Sometimes managing an entire house can feel like a never ending story. Today, I made a conscious effort to pause and be thankful for the home I have been blessed to steward. I smiled when I folded clothes and allowed contentment to fill up my heart. I prayed for each person whose clothing I folded. All the unseen menial tasks of motherhood are gifts of doing daily life with some special human beings.

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Even while cleaning up after a day of school, Is an opportunity to be grateful for being a stay-at-home mom.

Morning Entries of Gratitude

It’s tempting to use these journal entries as a language arts lesson but I am refraining checking spelling or grammar. Kids may ask for spelling on some words, especially our youngest, who is 6, but I am leaving them to simply put their thoughts on paper. This is to be a free space for kids to share their thoughts. They have given me permission to share samples of some of their entries.

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Aj’s Morning Entry: Not surprising since he loves his food!😃

 

FAMILY TIME – NEW LIFE

” Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17

Today, we travelled down memory lane with theme “New Life”, during our family time activity. I pulled out albums of my husband and I. Memories of our childhood and university days prior to meeting each other, all the way to our wedding day. I loved all the giggling and comments this elicited.

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We are grateful for the simple beginnings of our life as a family, the way God brought my husband and I together and his absolute faithfulness to us. We were able to communicate this gratitude for our children to hear and to take to heart.

Bed-Time Entries of Gratitude 

Writing Prompt:  ” Three things I love about my family”

Kids wrote in their journals before bed…..

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them”.  John F. Kennedy