Thursday, October 30, 2014

Our Thankful Jar

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

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The first day of November is this Saturday which is so hard to believe!
This year has literally flown by :)
Since this coming month we celebrate Thanksgiving
my family and I made a 'Thankful Jar'
which will be used every day in the month of November.
Let me explain. . .


I had my family write out things that they are thankful for on strips of paper
and then we placed them in the jar.
There are 30 strips of paper in the jar since there are 30 days in November.


Beginning this Saturday, my family and I will pick out a sheet of paper
and read it aloud during our supper time.
Since we don't know what the other wrote down
it will be a joyful surprise to hear what everyone is thankful for.


This will take place at every supper for the whole month of November :)
What are you thankful for, sweet friends?


The list is endless for all that we can give thanks for:
I am thankful for all of you!
You bless my life and heart.
Hugs to you!


Notice the lace flower. . .
yep, it's one of the flowers that I shared on Tuesday- 
it's the one I used to clip onto my shoes.
I added it to the tag for extra prettiness.

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53 comments:

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Stephanie - this is a beautiful idea. Strange that this morning during my prayer time was thinking that for the next 30 days starting Nov. 1st I would write down three things each day that makes me thankful. Love your idea about the Jar...just may borrow this idea and get hubby involved as well. Have a delightful day.

Brenda said...

What a beautiful thing to do. I think your home must be a place filled with love and I love your craftwork.
God bless

Kelly_Deal said...

This is a wonderful idea Stephanie!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This really is a wonderful idea. You are teaching your kids some valuable lessons that they will never forget. Being thankful builds character. Sweet hugs, Diane

Judy said...

Great idea, Stephanie! Pretty flower you made on your thankful jar. I am thankful for having a blog friend like you. Thank you for leaving sweet comments on my blog! :)

Julie Corbisiero said...

I love this idea Stephanie. I am thankful to have you as a wonderful blog friend. You are so sweet, kind and giving! I love visiting you blog to see what you are creating or baking. Take rcare.
Julie

Robyn said...

Such a great idea, Stephanie! Thanks for sharing it and I will definitely be suggesting it within our family.
Have a wonderful day, sweet friend. Hugs!

Sola Scriptura said...

We certainly have many things to be thankful for! Great idea, Stephanie!

Debbie Harris said...

I believe I will take your idea and do the same. I will have your father write out his 15 cards, should be a real joy.
Great idea, Stephanie.
Much love, Mom

Cattails said...

This is a grand idea. I am especially thankful for my family and for blog friends. God bless your day.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I have wonderful intentions to do this every year but haven't yet! Thanks for the reminder! Your jar is so pretty too!

NanaDiana said...

That is a GREAT idea!!!! We have everyone write something down they are thankful for when they come to Thanksgiving dinner and they we pass them and read them before the prayer.....BUT....I really LOVE your idea and may steal it for next year. xo Diana

Mari said...

What a great idea! I really like your cute jar too.

Dee said...

Now, that is a fabulous idea and I love how you made your jar so pretty. I know that my daughters would love to do a thankful jar, too. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea and have a blessed day... :)

Mehrll said...

What a perfect way to approach Thanksgiving and not only celebrate on Thanksgiving Day! TFS Hugs.

Sylvia said...

Stephanie, that is a great idea. We have so much to be thankful for. Every day is a blessing. Have a great day, my friend.

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a wonderful idea! This will help you all keep everything in perspective as to what is truly important.

Christine said...

I love this idea! And the jar is so pretty Too!
So thankful for all God's mercies!
Blessings

Christine

Janneke said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful idea, which I go to introduce in our family too. Especially for the children it is so important to learn to be thankful.
And yes...I remembered the lovely lace flower from the shoes, so beautiful.
Wish you a great day, sweet friend!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, I have a blessing journal that I have kept for years! But doing this as a family with children is a great idea!
We really should count our blessings and to be thankful for all his provisions!
I loved this idea!
Yours, Roxy

Barbara Neubeck said...

... your Thankful Jar is lovely, Stephanie.....
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia.... but this idea could be used for Christmas or Birthdays...it would be lovely to open a jar or box and find lovely things that the giver thought about you...I love it...and I'm always Thankful for my family and friends ... both on-line friends and my long time friends..... xxx
Hugs and Blessings .. Barb xx

kitty said...

This a wonderful family idea, Stephanie. I want to add to the list... I'm thankful for your friendship. xo

janice15 said...

Very nice ms Stephanie a great idea... I'm thankful for you too... Happy Autumn with love

Vicky Hunt said...

Love your thankful jar. Such a sweet idea. You are a blessing to many sweet lady. Thanks for always sharing your beautiful handmade things. Have a lovely Friday. I shared about this year's ornament exchange on my blog. I hope you will participate again!

Blessings, Vicky

Ariëlla said...

What a beautiful tradition. Some do so on New Years Eve! Here is it on Wednesday Thanksgiving Day (only one day) Some Christians celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Going to the church. What a beautiful idea, this jar!

Bethany Carson said...

Awesome idea! There are so many things for which we can thank God!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie, what a beautiful family thing to participate in being thankful throughout the month of November. It will be so touching to each of you to hear what the others are thankful for. So perfect to do over supper each day.
We do something similar on Thanksgiving day as we each talk about what we are thankful and ever so grateful for.
Such a wonderful time to come together as a family.
Enjoy and wishing you a special November!!
Love and Blessings

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Also Stephanie, I meant to say how adorable your jar is. Love it!!
xo

Conniecrafter said...

Great idea, your jar is so pretty too :) I write down in a journal every day at least 3 things I am thankful for, my daniel plan suggested it is a good way to start your day.

Katie R. said...

Wonderful idea Stephanie! It's so cute and pretty. :)
~Katie@ liliesofgrace.blogspot.com

Susan said...

I am thankful for so many millions of things but I'll add a couple more:

1. For YOU, Stephanie

2. For the beautiful piano music on your blog

3. For blogging

4. For your blog!

5. For your visits to my blog

Susan

Haddock said...

What a wonderful idea. I think a month won't be enough if we have to thank, as there are so many things to thank about.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Stephanie, you continue to bless your blog followers, and I love your beautiful Blessings Jar and how lovely it is too (including your lovely lace flower! Years ago when we had Thanksgiving at my niece's house, we wrote what we were thankful for and then picked them randomly and read them, again, not knowing who wrote them. It was a blessing. I may have to do this with my sweet husband. I love hearing about the idea again. You continue to be a blessing and encouragement...and all with such beautiful and grace...and always pointing to Christ! Hugs, precious friend!

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: Fabulous sentence of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I know that Thanksgiving is a great family meal in your country. We must be grateful. Keep in touch

Mindy Whipple said...

Wonderful idea Stephanie. I am thankful for the unconditional love of God among so many other things.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

A sweet and beautiful idea, Stephanie! Years from now you will find this jar and have a wonderful time remembering. I love the way you have 'dressed it up' with the pretty paper and tag and little flower. I think I will copy this idea for Thanksgiving day and bring it out every year. Sweet hugs xo Karen

Denise said...

Such a precious idea. Thanks for sharing.

Nina said...

Such a wonderful idea, Stephanie!
There's so many things to be thankful for, and sharing them with one another makes us even more aware of them - and one another :)
Happy weekend to you, dear friend!

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Dear Stephanie, truly time flies. I cant believe its November and I am counting down days till my holiday. I will be in New York during your thanksgiving. It will be exciting to see how you celebrate it. I love listening to your background music in your blog. Anyway I am trying to put your blog on my side bar but I cant find your blog name in the list of blogs I follow. Can you tell me why? I can see I am your follower. Anyway hope you are having a good weekend.
God bless

pinks said...

Oh I know what you mean! I cant believe the year is already drawing to a close! I think this is a great idea, its lovely to stop and actually think about all the good things- so easily our lives can become clouded with only focus on the bad things.I hope your first day today of thankfulness is a lovely start! God is good.

Gail Dixon said...

I love this idea! Please share some of the things in the jar with us. :)

Mrs R said...

Stephanie, what a lovely idea! Having a heart of gratitude is a treasure.

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Palavras gentis podem ser curtas e fáceis de falar, mas seus ecos são
verdadeiramente infinitos.
(Madre Tereza de Calcutá)
Um abençoado inicio de mês!!!!
Beijos Marie.

Terri Steffes said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog! It was good to meet another blogger. I love the jar idea. I am going to borrow it and this month my husband and I will fill it with our blessings. Thanks again, I have become a new follower!

vnssachn said...

Nice idea

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Monika MW said...

Dear Stephanie, this is a great idea. Thank you very much, hugs and blessings to you too.

Sandi said...

This is a wonderful idea, not to mention brilliant!

Poppy said...

Your pretty thankful jar is lovely inspiration, Stephanie. Gratitude makes for a happy heart and a peaceful soul.

Have a wonderful week, my friend.

Poppy

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

What a lovely idea to remember those things that we are thankful for. Take care xx

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie ... such a wonderful idea. I am thankful for you as well, my dear sweet friend. Warmest Blessings ♥ Teri

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, this is such a great idea, and how nice that you shared this project with your family. We always go around the table at Thanksgiving, and each one tells what they are thankful for. It's a tradition in our house.

I'm thankful that I met you in blog land, dear Stephanie.

~Sheri

Shoregirl said...

I love this idea! A thankful heart is a happy heart!

Bonnie said...

This is a wonderful idea that I am going to pass on to my daughter and daughter-in-law. What a great family activity.

I am realizing how precious family and friends are. A friends husband is having a pace maker put in today and he is facing two other major surgeries. It really makes you stop and be grateful for each day.

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