Our annual gratitude poster is being filled in and I find new surprises each day. I love to see the things the children include as they walk by the poster.
This is our 5th year and it is so fun to look back and see how something so simple has becoming so meaningful.
2012 (only one little photo in the middle of the post, although looking at the Monday Menagerie was fun.)
I wish I had a photo of each of the children writing something, but I have only caught a few and I don't want to force anyone to sit for a picture.
I adore the sassy comments on the post!
I that Ellie is a common thing for most of the children to be grateful for. Fred's friends that came over the other night even included their dogs on our poster.
When we started these posters I knew just where I wanted them in the piano room. I envisioned the walls covered with this wonderful memories, but the reality is there isn't enough wall space for all our posters. So this year I decided that I would create a huge family gratitude book.
I created a simple cover and then laminated all the pages together. You might also notice the part where Ellie chewed up the top. I just had to shrug and laugh thinking about how perfect this imperfection is as a representation of our family.
It was fun to look back and see the different things we were grateful for. The blessings that appear every year and the small personal things that affected us that year.
I nearly burned through one of the posters as I made a crucial error with the laminating machine, but even that burned line adds to the joy of what this book will become. In years to come this will be something my grandchild will add to and what a treasure our first pages will be. I can see them giggling at their parents handwriting, asking about the silly things they wrote. So thankful for an opportunity to express gratitude.
One a side note..... new gratitude lists coming tomorrow.