It is a little strange to be talking about Thanksgiving, a North American tradition, from here in aussieland but with a Yank for a husband and having had my firstborn in the US, it is important for us to continue these experiences for our family.
Thanksgiving is a great ‘holiday’. What’s not to love, food and friends and family? No need to be buying presents and just a time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. While we might not have had the lovely fall colours or falling temps, we were able to find a Turkey (ordered specially) and all the other bits and bobs that make up a Thanksgiving table.
In the lead up to Thanksgiving, we spent time with talking with the kids about the people, the things and the experiences we are thankful for. We made cards and invitations and the kids helped to decorate the house for our Thanksgiving meal. I had planned on doing a number of other activities with the kids but during this time we had a nearly 2 year old little girl come and stay with us, making the house a little busier! This gorgeous little girl helped my older two to experience all that they have to be thankful for in a way that was far more real then I could have come up with in any activities.
One of the biggest reasons we chose to begin fostering, with kids so little, was to help them see first hand how blessed they are and that they have a role to play in their community. My kids just blow me away with how gracious they are. I have no regrets for choosing to take a little life into our home for a little while, even with my own little people. I say this not in a way to gloat, or blow my own trumpet, and I am not denying that it isn’t hard at times; but to watch my children show love to a child who hasn’t experienced the love they deserve in the way they deserve….there is nothing else like it. If you have ever thought of fostering, or even if you haven’t, take a look at this and see if it is something that your family may be able to do.
Anyway….back to Thanksgiving. We had a number of friends come by from all over the place. New school friends, church friends and mum friends. The evening was wonderful and my favourite was spending time first with the kids, and then with the adults just sitting back and sharing all that we are thankful for. We have a ‘Thankful tree’ with everyone’s reflections still sitting on our table, and each day I catch a glimpse of what someone said. It is so important for us to continue to stop and give thanks.
As we move on to the Advent season, or the silly season…I am going to enter into it with my eye on being thankful. Even as adults it can become overwhelming with all the ‘I wants’ and ‘I don’t have’s’, but this year we are going to Worship fully, spend less (not hard when there isn’t much to spend :), Give more and Love all. Check out this promo video about turning your christmas upside down