I am starting another project. I know, craziness. But actually craziness is why I’m starting the project. It seems like life gets busier and busier and I find myself allotting less and less time to being creative. I need that time… it fulfills something in me and settles my psyche. With the craziness of being stuck indoors with three children and minimal sunlight I am needing to get my artsy juices flowing even more these days.
Another thing I’ve noticed lately is that I’m taking less and less time to say thank you to the people I love and appreciate. I don’t like that and I don’t want it to become a habit around here. I think it’s pretty safe to say that society as a whole is brushing aside many of the formalities and mannerisms of times past. This includes good penmanship, thank you notes and many other customs that used to be common practice.
But what’s a girl to do if she isn’t ready to let some of those things go? I feel it’s important to show gratitude and to teach that behavior to my children. After all, nothing warms my heart quite like when my turkey’s remember to thank me for the everyday services I provide as their mother. I’m pretty much walking on clouds if I get a handwritten thank you note in the mail. There’s a warmth I can’t explain in a real, tangible expression of thanks.
Note: This is not a hint. This is not about you. Amen.
So what is the point of Project: Thankful[nest] exactly?
1. To be creative in expressing my thanks to those to whom I owe a debt of gratitude.
2. To, on occasion, engage my children in the process.
3. To be better at expressing my thanks by next Thanksgiving.
4. To hopefully encourage others to do the same. (If you do feel inspired and want to try your hand at any of my projects, I’d love to see your results! You can e-mail a picture to theprairiehen(at)yahoo(dot)com or leave me a link in the comments section, I’ll be sure to check it out.)
Project I --
Denim and Pearly White Thank You Album
Darcie is my denim and pearls kinda friend. Do you have one of those? She’s comfy like my favorite jean skirt and yet classy in a way that always makes me feel just a tad under-dressed. Her personal brand of home-girl elegance makes me want to step it up a notch and get out of my yoga pants. She’s a real pearl. I wanted my thank you gift for her as the hostess of our 2010 Thanksgiving weekend to say all that.
Here’s what to do...