First, just a quick run down of my day! We went to church this morning and worked in our nursery class. We had 12 kids today, so it was a little hectic, but fun! I sure love those kids!
After church, we came home and relaxed for awhile. Around 5, some friends of ours came over for dinner and we had such a great time hanging out and visiting. They have 6 kids too, many of whom match up with our kids, and it was a blast!
Now, for my November plan:
Many years ago, when my 2nd son (now 12) was 2 1/2, he was in and out of the hospital every six weeks with pneumonia. The doctors couldn't find the cause, but did discover that he had a collapsed lung during all of it. In between his times of being sick, the lung wasn't recovering and they were doing all sorts of invasive testing to discover the cause. It was a very difficult time. I had a brand new baby who was under 6 months old and my husband was in his first year of law school. We had sold our home and were living in a small apartment. I remember being reminded that I should remember to be grateful for everything. I was astounded. How could I be grateful for such a difficult time in my life? Why, with everything else I was dealing with, should I be expected to feel gratitude? This troubled me a lot and caused me to do some heavy thinking about what gratitude is and why can it change our lives? I couldn't see it at the time, but gratitude actually had the power to lift my burdens and make that difficult time much better.
"Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content." Helen Keller
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others."Cicero
“No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.” Elie Wiesel
Perhaps a few who have suffered much more than I did and who lived long before me, figured out this great truth in life. There really is no way to elevate ourselves from whatever state we may be in without gratitude.
And with November being a month of Thanksgiving, for us here in the States, I figured it would be a great time to focus on gratitude and to complete a project! Each day, I will be giving out a free template to scrap with. But I will also be posting a prompt to get you thinking, writing and scrapping. If you complete each prompt, whether it be writing it in a journal or turning it into a scrapbook album, at the end of the month, you will have a gratitude journal. I plan to scrap mine and print it! I will be sharing much of my progress as I go along and hope that many of you will too! Feel free to email me links or post them in the comments and I will share them in my daily posts.
It has been said,
“You simply will not be the same person from now
after consciously giving thanks each day
for the abundance that exists in your life. And you
will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the
more you have and are grateful for, the more will be
given you.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach
I can't wait to begin this journey with all of you! Tomorrow I will have the November desktop template as your freebie and starting on Tuesday, I will have a template and a prompt! Spread the word! Let's make the November the most thankful one yet!
For tonight's freebie, I have another title. I thought this would look so cute on many Halloween pages!