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 

 

 

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.

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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

FAMILY TIME – NEW LIFE

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.

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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.

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Evening Time Entry – Elijah

 

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

 

 

GRATITUDE CHALLENGE: DAY 1 – GETTING STARTED

THE DAY BEFORE THE START of this challenge, my husband and I got the children together and with much enthusiasm announce the CATCHING RAINDROPS OF GRATITUDE challenge that we will be embarking on throughout the month of May! We discussed why gratitude is an important and intentional foundation to build. Everyone was on board and we spent time making our gratitude journals.

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Kids Customized Simple Composition Books. This can also be decorated using magazine-cut pictures that kids personalize.

The idea is that everyday though out the month of May:

Each person will record in their journals in the morning and at night, and we will also engage in some family time activities to build a culture of gratitude in our home. The family-time activities will have a weekly theme. Read further to see this week’s theme.

Morning Entries of Gratitude

These entries will be free writing or drawing of anything that we are grateful. Its will remain an open-ended question: “What am I grateful for this morning?” It will set the tone for the rest of our day.

” I am grateful for for the sunlit home that I live in and the people I love that make it a warm and safe home….”

Bed-Time Entries of Gratitude

These entries will take the form of writing prompts or activity prompts, that will hopefully require a little bit more reflection and thought, and encourage building some skills.

“How did you feel about today? Draw a simple picture in your journal to show”

Elijah’s Night Time Entry

Family-Time Theme For the Week

The theme for our first week is : ” New Life” . I am incorporating the fact that we are in spring now to drive this home. For this week we will be doing nature and outdoor activities and hopefully enjoying them while tuning into the beauty all around us. We will be enjoying each other and the beautiful spring time should point us to many natural reflections and discussions over the dinner table about what we are grateful for.

Our Day 1 activity was to visit our neighborhood creek and we took pictures while there, thanking God for the beauty we are surrounded by.

This is the start of what I am calling our “catching raindrops gratitude challenge”. I look forward to sharing more of this journey of intentional gratitude with you. Why not join?

” I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder”. G.K Chesterton