It’s been 5 years since we moved to Tennessee. When we arrived, we had a 3 year old and an 18 month old infant. As we tried to navigate a new town/state, we also found a new freedom to recreate the holidays we love. Decorating for Thanksgiving on a budget forced me to get creative with things we already had. I don’t know what people did before Pinterest came along. A picture of a tree with a basket beside it holding blank leaves for recording blessings really caught my eye. I knew I had to create something similar for us.

God provides everything we need before we even know we need it. I found a roll of brown mailing wrap that I don’t even remember how I acquired. Then I found the kid’s construction paper, scissors, tape, crayons and some newspaper.our thankfulness tree

Every year, I cut out more leaves. When the tree comes down, I tie the leaves together. Now, we have 4 long strings of thankfulness we hang through our home. I love reading the leaves, hearing my boys read them and seeing their excitement when they write a new leaf each November day. Someday our Thankfulness tree will also be filled with leaves written by their wives and our grandchildren. And I’ll have to figure out something new to do with the all leaves!

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7 NLT

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