Friday, November 18, 2016

10 Reasons to be Thankful on Thanksgiving

There is so much more to Thanksgiving that turkey and diabetic comas.  It is one of my favorite holidays because it helps us remember what we are thankful for, at least until the stores open on Black Friday.  No but really inspiring gratitude is the best way to get over the holiday stress and focus on what matters.  My friend Sarah is a huge list maker so I thought that I would share 10 things that I am including in my Thanksgiving celebration!

10.  Cute Kid Crafts.  Go ahead and show off your Thankful Spirit with a homemade Turkey Hat. Here is a link to 8 Turkey hat crafts.

9.  Saving Money. I enjoy stocking up on practical items on Black Friday.  No need to fight the crowds for those techie gadgets when this girl can get her hairspray over half off.  I usually go after the initial store rush, and after my babies have gone to sleep.  

8.  Taking time to help my children practice gratitude.  Here is a great link to a printable Thankful Journal by artist Becky Kelly

7.  The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - every year our family lounges around in our PJs and occasionally dance to the live performances.   This is the 90th anniversary of the parade and they have an interactive activity on their site that highlights the parade over the last nine decades.

6.  Gluten Free Dessert always stirs warm and fuzzy feelings of thankfulness.  Thank you Mom Loves Baking for this delicious idea: Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices

5.  Homemade Gluten Free Egg Noodles - Check out this recipe from one of my posts.  I look forward to these every year.  I consider it a labor of love to make them, because I LOVE TO EAT THEM!

5. Left overs, yes left overs!  I can't express how thankful I am to always have more than enough.

4.  Friendships, each and every person.  It is always fun to connect especially since we've moved so much.  No matter where we live we host a Misfit Thanksgiving on Black Friday, for all our friends that don't have family around to celebrate with.  Our cup of Gratitude overflows into Friday.  Yep two days of Turkey feasts, who says we have to be thankful only one day of the year.

3.  Laughter! Part of spending time with our friends is playing Just Dance Kids on our Wii.  Laughter during Just Dance Kids helps burn those extra calories.  It is a necessary tradition that reminds me how blessed I really am.  Here is a snippet of what one can expect from our calorie burning activity, Just Dance Kids

2. My family.  I do believe I have the best husband and the most amazing children a girl could ever ask for.  I also am thankful that we will one day welcome our adopted children into our family.  I look forward to the day when I can thank God for all my children by name.  National Adoption Day is November 19th, I am thankful of all those who made the choice to adopt and redefine Family. I am thankful for my Forever Family!

1.  I am most thankful for my salvation.  There is nothing I could do in my own power to make things right with God except his free gift of salvation through His son Jesus.  
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:23-26

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