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.
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”
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