Thankful Anyway (DIY:Tree of Thankfulness)

Callie and I made a Thanksgiving project during the first week of November. (Okay, really Callie ate Cheerios, and watched me make it.)

It’s a Thanksgiving tree and every day in November, we wrote something we’re thankful to God for.

I’ll be honest with you. October was rough on the Days. It was really just….bad. I’d kind of like to delete that month out of my memory.

When things aren’t going your way, it’s so easy to get down in the dumps and throw yourself a pity party. But, I truly believe that you have a choice. You can choose to be sad, bitter, resentful. Or you can choose to be grateful, joyful….happy!

This exercise totally brought me out of my pity party. After about 5 solid minutes of thanking God and writing on leaves, I just burst into tears with gratitude. We have SO MUCH in our lives. Every family member. Every friend. Our jobs. I’m so grateful for our life. As it is. Right now. I won’t say “if only this…or if only that….” We are grateful. Unconditionally. Period.

James 1:2-8:  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Dear Lord, If this is a test, I’m totally gonna kick ass and ace it…..Amen.

Now onto the craft. This craft is sort of ghetto-fabulous. But, it’s meant to be something you can do with your kids, so i kept it as simple as possible. I’m so excited that Callie is on the brink of being able to do activities with me, and I’m a traditions-freak. Can’t wait to have family traditions for every holiday.

And here it is today! The day before Thanksgiving, full of Gratitude to God. Just look at all those blessings!!!!!



  • Fiona - November 23, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful! What a simple, yet heart warming idea. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Ireland, but I wish we did so I could make this tree! Fiona :)

  • Juli Hadfield - November 24, 2011 - 12:01 am

    Very cute cratf! Katie I am with you about writing off October and perhaps most of November too. I am going through a rough spot right now too. I love your verse – thank you for that. I am collecting the random verses I get from people during this dark time. We both have a lot to be thankful for!! Praying for you, Momma Hadfield

  • Dustin Stewart - April 2, 2012 - 10:00 am

    i just decided while looking at these pictures: id like to restyle your fireplace. we should get some different tile from the store and sand/ restain your wood trim. this fireplace just doesnt fit in your beautiful living room.

  • kdp - April 2, 2012 - 10:06 am

    OKAY! Can you talk Jared into it?!?!?!??!

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