Thankful Tree 2015

We just taped the last leaves on our Thankful Tree last night. While I keep a gratitude journal year-round, it is so fun to incorporate the whole family in this yearly tradition! Here is what we are thankful for as of November 2015:


  • “That I’m not sick”
  • Our parenting Sunday School class
  • Heat
  • My phone
  • Markus
  • That Anja likes to read so much
  • My wife
  • That it’s been warm this fall
  • Going to the raptor show with the family
  • The pleasant weather
  • Reading with the kids


  • Blob maps
  • Nice neighbors
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Anja’s dance studio and watching her dance
  • Jesus’ death for my sins
  • Sunday School discussion
  • Reading to the kids in the playhouse
  • Valley Natural Foods
  • The kids’ love for music
  • God’s creativity in designing nature
  • Cat videos
  • Catching up with a friend
  • The kids’ creativity
  • L. M. Montgomery
  • Markus’s cheeks
  • Smoothies
  • The sound of chirping birds in the back yard…blue jays and robins!
  • Time spent with friends
  • Time at the zoo with Husband
  • Rabbit ears (as in an antenna so I can watch the Vikings)
  • Seriphos
  • The Vikings
  • Cough drops
  • Cute kittens
  • Traditions
  • MPR
  • Gorgeous weather for November
  • Amazon Prime…shop from home!


  • Dad and Markus
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Duplos
  • Doodle Dolls
  • Nature
  • American Girl Mystery Books
  • Jesus
  • Going to a fun craft show and picking out cute mice
  • “The Sound of Music”
  • MOM!
  • Snow
  • Vibrant leaves, beautiful day, good weather
  • “Homeward Bound”
  • Pizza Ranch
  • Teddy Roosevelt, because he saved nature (LOL!)
  • Setting up Christmas decorations
  • Food
  • Pretty mornings because they’re one of the beautifulest things in nature I’ve ever seen
  • Birds and other animals
  • Family and friends
  • Jesus’ love, mercy, and grace
  • Watching movies
  • Books
  • Fun times with Grandpa and Grandma
  • Dad’s work


  • Thanksgiving
  • Pizza
  • Bike riding
  • Beautiful fall
  • Mazes
  • Special time with Daddy
  • Our house
  • T.V.
  • Snakes
  • Church and Jesus
  • Townhouse crackers and soup
  • Babies
  • Winter
  • Watching videos
  • Grandpa and Grandma
  • Thanksgiving (again)
  • Birthday
  • Small Group
  • Reading in the playhouse
  • Brownies
  • Good Times Park
  • The Zoo
  • Christmas
  • A home
  • Coloring in Avengers
  • My family
  • Cat videos
  • Duplo Avengers
  • The book “A Bear’s Year”
  • Lego sets
  • Christmas (again)


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