Monday, December 09, 2019

Our Thankful Tree 2019

While I was busy taking care of leaves all over the outside of our house, I decided I may as well de-leaf our Thankful Tree as well. Besides, we just got our first batch of Christmas cards and I needed somewhere to display all the wonderful people we know, so now our Thankful Tree is a Christmas Card Tree. It's beautiful!

We weren't very dedicated about writing on leaves this year, but we managed to get a good number on the tree. We'll do better next year, surely, when things aren't feeling so new and frenetic. Is cross-country culture shock a thing? If it's not, I suppose uprooting is stressful anyway—getting to know a new place and new people is difficult even without having to learn a new language or convert currency in your mind all the time.

Here's our tree in full foliage:

You can see that in addition to our leaves we also found two turkeys roosting on our branches. The one on the left is courtesy of Benjamin (he coloured it at the library) and the one on the right is courtesy of Zoë (who also coloured it at the library but on a different day; her paper had the words "Happy Turkey Day" on them, which Zoë also cut out and taped to the wall, so proud that she could read them all by herself; Alexander found that phrase very amusing and used it a lot (almost as much as he uses "Happy Birthday!") and the people he said it two also found it very amusing because two-year-olds don't usually go around telling people, "Happy Turkey Day!", I guess).

Anyway, here is the content of our thankful leaves, in no particular order (and with several repetitions):
  • Mom and Dad
  • Plan of Happiness/Salvation
  • Rachel
  • Mom
  • Family
  • Books
  • Milk (that is, Alex is grateful for milk)
  • Agix (that is a nickname for Alex)
  • Car (could also
  • The gospel
  • Toys and the gospel (a good juxtaposition)
  • House, Book of Mormon, gospel
  • Plants
  • Our ancestors
  • The opportunity to lean (I'm pretty sure it's supposed to say "learn," but leaning is also fun)
  • The opportunity to travel
  • Church
  • School
  • Dad, Mom, God
  • Food and shelter
  • Our home
  • The world
  • Scriptures
  • Zoë
  • Oxygen (this person also noted the chemical compound O2)
  • Heavenly Father and Jesus
  • *scribbles* x4
  • That I can learn to speak German and play instruments (this one is Miriam's, for sure)
  • Life
  • Exploration
  • Me
  • *picture of a person*
  • *triangle, circle, triangle*
  • My loving mentors
  • BYU, UVSC, GSU, AUC, Duke
  • Education
  • Friends
  • Having a family forever
  • Owls (another one of Alex's)
  • Peace
  • Family
  • Homeschool
  • Water
  • Love at home
  • Education
  • Cat (this one definitely says cat; we do not have a cat)
  • Love
  • Health
  • You

1 comment:

  1. Maybe thankful that you do not have a cat? Thankful that they tended a cat that one week?