Last year, we started a Family Thanksgiving Journal.  (You can read all about it here.)  As I was pulling the journal out for the annual recording of what we are thankful for, I glanced at what we wrote last year.  After all, isn’t one of the benefits of journaling the ability to look back and see where you’ve been, what you have experienced and the blessings of the past.

As I read through our entries, I was reminded of the incredible story of Tara’s baby born at 24 weeks, my three day hospital stay, the beginning of blogging and the way that God worked through it all.  I wrote of the great blessings of my wonderful husband and my sweet children.

Turning the page, I saw what I recorded for my children as they dictated their list of what they were thankful for.  Family members, friends, Minnie Mouse, trains, fruits and vegetables (hooray for that one!).  I can’t wait to see how their journal entries changes as they get older.  What will stand out in their minds as we look back at the previous year?  What will they be thankful for?

My husband’s long entry (he wrote more than me!) consisted of trying circumstances we went through and how the Lord protected us and our loved ones.  He wrote of the many things he was thankful for, both serious and amusing.  I loved reading the sweet words he wrote about his family.

Do you have a Thanksgiving journal?  It is a great way to start off the busy day with a moment of reflection, thanksgiving and praise to God for His blessings.

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