Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Every family has traditions that are special to them. Special breakfasts have become important traditions in our family. I think it is refreshing to share breakfast with someone...maybe because it isn't typically the meal that we share. There is something unique about beginning the day together, especially at home with a beautifully set table and celebration. It starts the day off in a wonderful way!
The past several years I have prepared a Thankfulness Breakfast for our family during the month of November. It is a time for food and togetherness, and also to intentionally give thanks for how God has blessed us.
The Saturday before last we began the day with our Thankfulness Breakfast and it was a sweet time together. We laughed and ate and lingered around the table. We gave thanks. God was honored. A memory was made.
This year, Madi helped me the night before with some of the decorations. She colored and decorated "Thanks" cards with each person in mind, thoughtfully adding colors and details that would be special to each person. She also helped me make little foam turkeys to set at each place. It is neat to involve her in these preparations! Children feel important when they can contribute and help!
On the menu was Sparkling Grape Juice, Orange Juice, Pumpkin Bread, S'mores Pancakes, Rotel Grits, Blueberry Peach Crisp, and Sausage Squares.
I set out a Thankfulness Tree with tag ornaments I made a couple years ago.
As I placed these tags on the tree, I couldn't help but give thanks for what the Lord has done in our lives. He is so faithful and generous!
"Together is my favorite place to be."
When I plan special breakfasts I try to set the table the night before, after the kids go to bed. It is always a treat for me to see the excitement and joy in my children's eyes when they see it for the first time in the morning!
I am so grateful for my parents. God uses them on a daily basis to bless and enrich our lives. They help us so much, and add to the family fun!
After we ate, I had everyone write down specific things they are thankful for on little strips of paper. Then Madi and Trev took turns reading them outloud. This time was filled with laughter and smiles and also pure tenderness. God, I pray you will give our children thankful hearts. Help us to live out gratitude.
I am grateful for this sweet time of thanksgiving we had as a family. Intentional thanks is vitally important. We so easily forget. Remind us, God. And thank You for all Your gifts! May we gratefully acknowledge them each day!
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.