Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November Tradition - Guest Post by Cheyenne Ritchie

We are excited to introduce guest blogger Cheyenne Ritche. 

She is sharing with us a great November family tradition. 




Thanksgiving has never been a huge holiday for me. It has always been the "holiday" that just so happens to fall between Halloween and Christmas. Something about turkey, pumpkin pie, but not so important…Back in 2010, I vowed to change that. I mean, why skip a holiday when all it is asking you to do is "be thankful"??? For that matter, why does it only have to be ONE day? So, I decided to start a tradition with the girls to be thankful the entire month. We started what we like to call our “thankful tree”. Every night, we take turns writing down something we are thankful for on strips of construction paper, then we hang it on our “tree” (which is usually just a branch that has fallen off of one of our fruit trees). We talk about why we are thankful for this thing and encourage each other to be thankful for it also! 



We do this from Nov. 1st until Thanksgiving day. Then on Thanksgiving day, we go through each tag and talk about them again… remembering why we felt thankful for those things at the moment. AND we keep the tags to look at the next year. There have been times when it was hilarious, especially when we first started and I was trying to teach my then 3 year old what the word "thankful” meant. There are very serious tags, like “thankful that God provides for us” “thankful for a roof over our head” “thankful for Uncle Doyle coming home safely from Iraq” and then some not so serious… “thankful for Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Sarge” “thankful for candy” “thankful for foofy” (my youngest daughters blanket). I can honestly say that my girls and I look forward to our “thankful tree” as much as we look forward to putting up our Christmas tree.

Leave us a comment (and be entered to win a $25.00 gas card!) and tell us what you are thankful for. Remember to leave your email in your comment! 

- Cheyenne Ritchie is mother to 2 beautiful and spunky girls. She is also a very talented photographer. She is a sometimes blogger and you can find her at 2 Pink Feet. Cheyenne doesn't really have pink feet, but has her daughters baby foot prints tattooed in pink on her feet! 












10 comments:

  1. I love this idea, I will definitely be trying this! Thanks!
    I am soo thankful for my husband. He works the night shift, helps me get the girls ready for school In the morning, and makes dinner during the week! I don't know what I'd do without him :)
    jceg1813@gmail.com

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  2. I love that idea! Where we're you when my kids were growing up? Definitely going to share this one.

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  3. That is awesome. I wish I had the follow through, I'd stop at like day 12 and finish on the 21st ;) Glad to see you happy, all of your pictures show that!

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    1. Shannon! Leave us your email!!

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    2. ohhh shannon_42@yahoo.com - you don't have to enter me in a contest though, I like your blogs!! And Chey's!

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    3. Thanks for your support Shannon!

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    4. Thanks for your support Shannon!

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  4. This year I am so thankful that we get to have one last family holiday get together at my Grandparents house. They built it themselves 60+ years ago and both lived in it until the days they left us in 2010 and 2011. We had orginally planned this years festivities at a different location but my Mother and her siblings accepted an offer for the house on Monday. We knew then that this was absolutely the final time we would get to celebrate there all together and jumped at the chance! We've been planning non stop and can't wait. It will be a little sad, I think, but hopefully it will be one last happy memory to add to the pile of good times there!
    Erin- manateemama1014@yahoo.com

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    1. What a great thing to be thankful for Erin! My family went through the same thing last year when we had the last Christmas at my Grandparents house. It was such a bittersweet occasion.

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  5. This idea is pretty cute! i'm definitely doing this when i have kids! At first I thought the tree had to be bought but i love the fact that you can use a broken branch; I would've never thought of that!

    great job!

    Lupita -loopsthegreat@yahoo.com

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