Happy November! Now that November’s here, I officially feel like we are in the holiday season. I’ve always loved the holidays, but now that our family is growing, there is just something that much sweeter about them to me. I want to cherish every little moment and celebrate well. I also want to be intentional to guide him during the season to be sure not to turn the focus totally on ourselves. We have so much to be thankful for and it’s important to keep that in mind as we begin to celebrate.
With that, we have a new voice on the blog today. Holly from The Adventure in the Everyday is joining us with a 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge that we’ll be doing this month and I hope you’ll join us! Also, be sure to check out Holly’s blog. It is full of adventure and encouragement; you won’t be disappointed.
Are you ready to dive in?
Hi, I’m Holly! I’m a wife and a mama of three wild ones, including one set of twins. While we love to travel and explore new places, we’re big on making adventures wherever we are, even in our own backyard. We’ve journeyed around the world, the US, through sickness, infertility, adoption, and by God’s grace we continue to learn as we go. I’m passionate about inspiring women and mamas like me find adventure and joy wherever they may be. You can find me at The Adventure In The Everyday or follow our journey on Instagram.
30 Days of Gratitude
I love holidays. All holidays. You name it, I want to celebrate it. And it’s not just because I love a good party, although I absolutely do. It’s because each day represents an event, a day, or a person that changed the world. Thanksgiving is no exception.
Beyond the obvious history of the day, there’s this idea of people coming together, sharing what they have, and being thankful for how far they’ve come. I want Thanksgiving to be more than turkey and stuffing for my kids. I want to spend time fostering a heart of gratefulness in preparations for this holiday, but also for life.
Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude
Even before the twins could talk, I taught them sign language to communicate. I taught them to say, “thank you” right out of the gate. It wasn’t long before it was a habit. My 7-year-old is a testament to that. He quickly says “thank you” anytime anything is handed to him. While it’s an important habit to have, I want it to become more than just a habit. I want it to stem from a heart of gratefulness. It’s my responsibility to cultivate that gratitude by teaching them how to express it through actions and through words.
To be fair, one month out of the year won’t yield the results you are aiming for. It requires intentionality and diligence all year long. That being said, November is the perfect month to come out of the gate swinging; to prepare their hearts for a day of thanks and the year that follows it.
30 Day Challenge: Putting it to Practice
I created a printable calendar to get you started. But I don’t want you to get distracted by all the activities on it. The activities are designed to be fun so your kids get into the concept and start looking forward to being thankful and grateful. The activities are good but a conversation is better.
For a printable calendar, use this link: 30 Days of Gratitude
Here’s an example: On day 3, the topic is your body. The activity is simple: play Simon-says. But don’t stop there. Talk about how God created our bodies, talk about how incredible they are and all that they can do. Talk about how they work. Talk about how everybody’s body is different and the beauty in that. Talk about how some people have limitations on their bodies and how their lives look different. Talk about what they like about their bodies. Use the activity to get their minds turning, challenge their thinking and start moving their hearts towards thankfulness in big things and in small.
Share Your Stories with Us!
If you all do participate, share your photos and use the hashtag #30daysofthankful17 so we can all journey together.
What are some ways that you work to cultivate an attitude of gratitude in your home?
Be sure to print off this calendar, post it on your fridge, and invite your friends to join us on this journey! We look forward to seeing how this challenge inspires and encourages you this season and can’t wait to hear from you!
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