Friday, November 25, 2011

Five on Friday: A Week to Give Thanks

Psalm 100 

A psalm for giving thanks.
 1 Shout to the Lord with joy, everyone on earth. 
    2 Worship the Lord with gladness. 
      Come to him with songs of joy. 
 3 I want you to realize that the Lord is God. 
      He made us, and we belong to him. 
   We are his people. 
      We are the sheep belonging to his flock. 
 4 Give thanks as you enter the gates of his temple. 
      Give praise as you enter its courtyards. 
      Give thanks to him and praise his name. 
 5 The Lord is good. His faithful love continues forever. 
      It will last for all time to come.

We spent a significant amount of time this week slowing down, learning through history books, Scripture, and stories what it means to "give thanks". We considered what we have, what others need, and how we might be called to respond to those needs. It was a true blessing for me - the Mama Bear - to hear my girls' hearts on what they're thankful for through their Gratitude Journals, and hearing them thanking God through prayerful praise. We also prepared for some very special guests: Grandma and Papa arrived Wednesday night to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. It was a great week!

Five Snapshots

Ellie weaving a placemat for Grandma. She was hard-focused on designing her pattern : ) 

We enjoyed several activities this week where we read multiple Thanksgiving stories, books about how the pilgrims and Indians worked together and built community together, and stories from the Mayflower. I must admit even I learned (ach-hem... I mean "re-learned") some things! 

Ben's happiness is often found in pounding with his hammer and having some alone time. Those ... and maybe also wearing his favorite "Melmo" shirt.

Abbie sharing her Gratitude Journal with us after dinner. We truly have so much to be thankful for. Aron and I are reading and studying the book "Radical" by David Platt this fall and have been transformed in how we think about our possessions, about what the rest of the world lives with and without, and how we might be used to better serve and love others for God's glory. Today was a good day to truly consider all that God has blessed us with ... so that we may be a blessing to others. 

And of course, an annual tradition for Husker fans is to cheer our football team the day after Thanksgiving. What a treat to be able to do it with Grandma and Papa this year : )  GO BIG RED!

And finally, I want to share two fun activities to use as you and your family prepare for Advent and the Christmas season: 

Christmas Countdown Fun Family Activities from Life As Mom - 24 fun Christmas activities to do together such as Christmas caroling, make a gingerbread house, go look at Christmas lights, enjoy classic Christmas movies. One fun activity per day ... and all FREE activities! I'll go for that. 

Jesse Tree Ornaments from Life Your Way - simple and kid-friendly approach to Scripture reading of the family line of Jesus as you prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We're using these for the first time this year!

Blessings to you all,

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