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The Toddler Times, Issue #008 -- Happy Thanksgiving!
November 05, 2009
What are you Thankful for? In my family we practice thankfulness on a daily basis. As we pray and in our devotions, each member of our family speaks about what we are thankful for. My 4 year old is amazing in his responses, and he is learning what truly matters in this life. I encourage you to take being thankful above and beyond Thanksgiving Day. Make it a habit in your everyday life. So we are going to celebrate "Thanks" this month. I thank you for blessing me with your support of this e-zine. I am honored and Blessed by each one of you.
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November 2009: Issue #008
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The Gift of Giving...I began to challenge parents this month because I feel that we are in a state of sadness in this country. As the holidays approach, we should start approaching life in it's proper perspective. My husband and myself decided that when our son was born we were going to raise him up knowing that Thankfulness and Giving are two important keys to master in this life. You must never take anything for granted.
Have you ever really thought about the little things? The items we overlook in your day to day life. For example, last night I slept in a bed, with a pillow, and a blanket. When last night someone slept without those things. Someone slept on the street. The world is caught up in selfishness and not true awareness of the difference they can make in this life.
I want to ask all of you to please approach Thanksgiving this year differently. Carry out this message with you all year long. Leave your home and ask yourself what miracle may I deliver today to someone in need. Whether it be your time, a listening ear, a crying shoulder or maybe even a word. We have the ability to restore hope in the hopeless if we would get past the selfishness of our own wants, needs and desires.
Each Thanksgiving our family delivers meals to the poor. I sit and watch my 4 year old son help make the meals with other volunteers. He is so proud that his job is placing the bread in a ziploc bag. The gift that we are giving him is profound. The bigger gift lies in when we approach a home and ring the bell to deliver their meal and this same beautiful child hands them a dinner and says "Happy Thanksgiving!" Even at the age of 4 he knows that he is making a difference, one piece of bread at a time, one meal at a time, one person at a time.
As we leave and go to the next home my son lovingly says to me "Mommy, now they have food so they can eat. We brought them their food today." I say to him "Yes my son, now they can eat." I am crying as I write this e-zine because I am so Blessed and I Thank God and Praise him for his Grace and Mercy. I Thank Him for using me and my family in such mighty ways...
I challenge you to please be a miracle delivery person. Let us get back to the true gospel and feed the hungry, help the hurting and heal the sick. Thank You Lord for all that you are and all that you give us!
Our Toddler Thanksgiving Day Crafts!
THE "THANKFUL TREE"
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This craft is my favorite craft of all. I find that these crafts for toddlers are a true gift. We can sometimes lose sight of what is truly important in this life. We are truly blessed and we must teach our children even at a young age the importance of being thankful. They should understand the meaning of truly giving thanks, and being blessed for all that they have.
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** For more Great Toddler Thanksgiving Craft Ideas Click Here!
Our Thanksgiving Toddler Recipe is..
My toddler never really liked Pumpkin Pie. With this recipe he gets the taste of Pumpkin Pie in something he enjoys. Here is a Fun recipe that you can make on "Turkey Day" morning for breakfast. The entire family will Love IT!!! :0)
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