Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thankful Feathers

"Oh, Mom! You always put our names on your feathers."

"That's because I'm thankful for each one of you."


Photo Credit: Second Chance to Dream



During the month of November when our kids were living at home, we had a construction paper turkey on the wall. The poor bird started out bald, but "grew" feathers as the month went on.




Every night at dinner we each chose a construction paper turkey "feather" and wrote on it what we were thankful for. Then we each told what we were thankful for and why. After we read the Bible each one would pray in turn, giving thanks for whatever they had been thankful for.

Some years we used a tree instead and wrote on the leaves. On Thanksgiving Day all of our guests were given a feather or leaf as well. It's good to remember to be thankful--and it allows the dinner to settle before we dig into Aunt Debi's famous pies!



One of our most exciting Thanksgiving Turkeys was a couple years ago when we went around the room and our daughter-in-law said she was thankful for her baby! Jim and I had known, but the rest of the family erupted in spontaneous joy at the news of a first niece or nephew, grandchild, and great grandchild!



It's not too late in the month to start your Thanksgiving Turkey or Tree and help your family to remember to be thankful for all they have.


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Our second "thankful feather" a grandson made a grand entrance on Wednesday, November 7, after 6 hours of labor he was born by emergency c-section.


Kenneth James 
(after his maternal and paternal grandfathers)
7 lbs. 12 oz.
21 inches

Praise God with us that all are well.





18 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new grandson Sharon! long healthy life for the bundle of joy! May God continue blessing you and your family! Visiting back from womanhoodwithpurpose.blogspot.com x

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    1. Thank you, Angie for the congratulations! I am at their house now taking care of his "big" (17 month old) sister while Mommy is in the hospital 4 days because of the c-section and Daddy runs back and forth!

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  2. Adding feathers to the turkey is a great idea that my kids would love.
    Congratulations on your new grandson, he is adorable.

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    1. Thanks, Jo! We're having a lot of fun getting to know him. I hope your kids do enjoy making a huge colorful turkey!

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  3. OH! Love the baby feather. What a great way to make the announcement.
    We have a new grandchild too. This will be her first Thanksgiving. Aren't they wonderful!!!

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  4. Sharon, it took me about a dozen tries to get my message published. I bet you would receive more comments if you dropped the word puzzle (or at least got an easier one). Well, here goes. I'm going to try and post this too.

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    1. Denise, Thanks for coming to visit and for persevering in the comment! I have de activated the word puzzle to see if that helps. Not sure how to get an easier one, but maybe my son can help! :-)

      And yes, Grandchildren are wonderful! Enjoy yours this Thanksgiving.

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    2. I immediately started getting "more" comments--all spam! So I put the puzzle back up. Sorry it's so hard. I believe it is the only one I can use with blogger.

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  5. What a delightful story!
    Thanks for sharing this at Friendship Friday - and congrats on your new grandson!

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the congratulations! I've been here since the day he was born helping out as my dil's parents are missionaries in the Philippines. I'm sure this is one of the biggest sacrifices they've made!

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  6. Wow - how cool that they are serving in the Philippines! Yes, what a sacrifice indeed!

    This week's party is open and I hope you'll enjoy us again... and congrats on being one of our Featured Friends!

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring my blog this week. I hope you and others will enjoy coming back often!

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  7. Sharon - I love, love, love your construction paper turkey. I just might have to modify the way we do our "Thankful Turkey."
    God bless you and your family this "Thanksgiving" season.

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    1. Glad to share ideas. I just noticed that MY turkey in this photo has a pilgrim hat too!

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  8. I know exactly how that feels. If I could I would write my name accross my kids' forehead. I deserve it. Smiles.
    Visiting from create w/ Joy

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  9. What a great idea, Sharon! We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the Philippines, and I guess I can adapt this idea for another holiday. Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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    1. Patsy, Thanks for stopping by! We lived in South America for 24 years, but always celebrated Thanksgiving anyway, even if it had to be on a Saturday. Sometimes we did away with eating turkey and escaped the mountains for "hot country" where we went to a "resort" (you know, 3rd world style) with swimming pools with several other families. But we always emphasized being thankful in November.

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  10. This is an awesome idea! My baby boy is 15 months, but he loves helping me makes crafts. I am sure he will love this. I looked at this the other day, and just finished cutting out all of the feathers. Because it is only my husband and I, I am just going to make the turkey, and when our families come for Thanksgiving, we are going to have each of them write what they are thankful for on a feather, and we are going to take a picture and blow it up and send it to all involved.
    Thanks for the awesome idea, and congratulations on your new grandson. I know what your daughter is going through. After an intense 24 hours of labor, they finally decided my boy was not coming out and I had to get a c-section and stay in the hospital for days as well. As long as he is healthy, that's what I kept telling myself :)

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