Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thankful


At the beginning of November, we had a Family Home Evening on gratitude and began a new family tradition. This is our "Thankful Box."



Throughout the month of November, we (meaning mostly the boys) wrote down things we were thankful for on slips of paper, and put them in the box. When my family came over on Thanksgiving day, they added some things of their own. After dinner, we opened the box and read the slips. We adults had written things like family, our jobs, our spouses, our children (and grandchildren,) warm beds and blankets, our minivan, scrapbooking (me), help with chores, food, Family Home Evening, financial aid and graduation (David).



The boys' answers were insightful, amusing, and statistically interesting:
(spelling is authentic for your enjoyment)

mom (x2)
dad
toys
famule (x3)
God
scripshrs (x2)
puzzles
good helth
cloths (x4)
ocsigin (think phonetic)
school
shelter (x3)
brothers (Isaac wrote this one on Grace's behalf)
aminls
dotee (translation: body)
bed
frens
car (x2)
money
house
lite
honeybees (x2)
dinners
Gramo
Dane
kele (=Kelly)
david
costins (=Constance)
micle
drine (=Brittany)
picshers
water (x3)
food (x7)


As my brother pointed out, note the ratios: 1 Grandma. 2 honeybees. 7 food.

Guess we know what their priorities are right now.

3 comments:

Jennifer said...

I love that idea. What a nice family tradition. I especially am thankful for oxygen! (At least that is what I got from the phonetics.) I would like to have your email addy. And your home address as well. Can you send it to this address?
goobergirl7677@yahoo.com
Have a happy 1st of December!

Wu said...

How fun! I wish we could have been there to hear those things. Adding to the list, I am thankful for family and especially Mike and good health. Oh how I miss Jacob, Boo and little Grace. Can't wait to see them. love, Brit

Andelin said...

One of these days you're going to share your great ideas when there's still time for us non-creative types to copy you! (I'm thinking of copying your christmas countdown idea.) Your kids are so smart!