Here is the front. They are thankful for truck tracks in the sand, cars, roads,
pumpkins, the sun, tropical island paradise, chocolate chip cookies and truth and love.
Here is the back: They are thankful for animals, bouncy places, adventures, apples, airplanes, tacos and food, dogs, beds, goldfish and rainbows and colors, roller coasters and legos.
We read the verses:
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever." Psalm 136:1
And then we launched in to making a list of all the things we are thankful for. It's become our habit to stop and add to the list at meal times. So three times a day we are intentionally being mindful of God's blessings. It's been a wonderful exercise for both me and the boys. We're numbering our list and this really excites them. They want to fill the whole book! Slowly, it seems to be catching on and capturing our attitudes. Sometimes the things they add to the list blow me away. Other times it's just sweet little things that are important to them. It thrills me when they randomly say, "hey I have something to add to our thankful list."
Here are a few in their words:
1. we don't have to sleep outside in the wilderness
3. for birds chirping
9. God created animals
11. fruit grows on trees
14. God created seasons
15. moms even get to have children
31. eyes to see
35. green grass
A friend gave me the idea to read scripture with the boys and then use the contents of that scripture to add to our thankful list. Maybe attributes of God that we see in a certain passage? We haven't tried it yet, but I love the idea.
It has certainly been a challenging school year for us. Between my sin and their sin and the many challenges we face living together as sinners. However, it is by God's grace alone that He led us to this activity and that I get to see glimpses of Him at work in them. My prayer is that it will change us and give us much joy!