I actually have that very statement posted on my large chalkboard you see when you enter our home. I saw it somewhere, probably on Pinterest, and had to snag it for myself. Gotta love Pinterest.
A couple of my kids have recently asked me why I don’t decorate a ton for fall. While I felt a tad guilty about it, the truth is, I just don’t have the time…or money! The feeling of guilt can creep in when you surf the internet, checking out blogs, or pinterest, or any other social media source. You can find yourself discontented with your home, or your lack of craftiness, etc., but that’s a post for another day. Today I’m going to share with you a couple of things that we DO have time and money for, and I think they’re pretty special. 🙂
This time of year can get crazy. With the holidays approaching, and activities becoming more frequent, it can be hard to stop and focus on what’s important.
Pictured is a “Thankful Board”. My MOPS group made these last year as one of our crafts. Easy peasy. Get a 12×12 frame (or any size frame you want, mine is a 12×12), put a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper in it, and get yourself a dry erase marker. Viola! I put it up around this time last year and the entire family participated. We wrote things/people we are thankful for whenever they came to mind. In years past, I have done this same thing with a white table cloth and fabric markers. It’s a wonderful keepsake, and allows us to stop and reflect on what we’re thankful for. So special.
The other little goodie pictured is our “Dinner Conversation Jar”. We do use this year round, but I thought I would include it in today’s post. It’s usually one of my kids who initiates this around the dinner table. I just put little conversation starters in this jar, and it makes for a great time around the table. Of course for you creative mamas, you can make it super duper cute. Mine looks a little boring…maybe I should try to dress her up a little bit. 😉 This time of year you could add Thanksgiving conversation, or as Christmas approaches, you could add that as well. For example, “What is your favorite thing to eat at Thanksgiving?” or “Read Luke 2 in the Bible” and talk about the Christmas story, or “Sing Joy to the World”. Make it appropriate for this time of year.
So here are two fun, meaningful, and affordable crafts that have become fun traditions for our family.
Enjoy and here’s to a happy and healthy fall and holiday season!