Marty's Musings
Marty's Musings
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  • Greensboro, NC

How Our Family Stays Close in Spite of the Miles and Busy Lives

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Years pass, children grow up and our immediate family is no longer under one roof. We have adult children with new spouses and a first grandchild on the way. Even with all the realities of life it is still important for our youngest children and us still feel connected to ALL of our children. Our tradition of the family blessing jar has been a staple in our Thanksgiving Day celebration for over 15 years. Let me show you how it can make your life better and more precious as you discover the real meaning of Thanksgiving!
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I cannot begin to tell you how we look forward to this time of year. As our family ages and changes we welcome new members and treasure those to come in future years.
Our culture of family traditions didn’t start overnight but are the culmination of years living life together.
Where do you start? Take one day at a time and try these tips for instilling gratitude in your children.
Start young. Even small children can be taught to say thank you to God through their prayers, songs and words.
Reinforce. Point out to your children the many ways you are thankful to God for His provision, His love and your family.
Model a thankful heart. Tell your children and spouse thank you for the gift of their lives each day.
Encourage your children to say thank you and “catch” each other doing acts of service.
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Our most cherished family tradition occurs on Thanksgiving Day. We have lunch at our house for our family (our kids, my niece and family.) Late afternoon then finds our immediate family meandering up the street to Wagoner’s Tree lot, where we have picked out our tree every year for more than 15 years. We come home, drag the tree in the house and start decorating. Point of Grace Christmas CD must be playing and Russian tea must be served. It truly is the highlight of our year, a tradition we hold to tightly and joyfully.
thanksgiving project idea blessing jar, crafts, seasonal holiday decor, thanksgiving decorations
Once the tree is decorated we gather around our table and take out our blessing jar. This special little jar sits on our kitchen table year round, reminding us to take time to appreciate God’s blessings, both small and large.
As we read from the past year we are always reminded of the ways God has taken the good and bad times and turned them into family memories, a tangible picture of God’s love for us.

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