Each year, my family tries to carve out time in the month of November and/or December to honor our elders. The bible is clear that life is important and that includes the older generations. One of my goals as a mother is to make sure that my kids know those who have gone before us are to be honored and respected.
One of the ways we do this is to periodically visit a nursing and/or retirement home to spend time with those who live there. Typically we also take along crafts we have made to hopefully put a smile on their faces. Check out our evening of preparations!
After we got this far, we put WOW! Kid’s CD in and spent some time dancing around to get some wiggles out and to get our creative juices flowing for the next part of our project.
We took the turkeys that we made and glued them onto half sheets of paper, folded in half to create a card.
While the kiddos got the turkeys glued I made a batch of peppermint hot cocoa. Its a family favorite for sure. I only wish I had some whole milk on hand. It is so much creamer made that way than with 2%, but don’t be mistaken. The whole pot was consumed!
The last step was to design the insides and sign the cards.I guess I didn’t get pictures of the older boys decorating theirs. I will make a follow up post tomorrow with pictures in the home and them with their cards though.
All in all we spent about three hours on this project. We did some of the preparation work beforehand but this evening we worked for three hours. The boys had fun, memories were made, great conversation was had. We talked about why we were doing these crafts. We talked about the fact that we need to reach out to the people who may or may not have family to visit them. We have to take care of the people who feel forgotten. We have an obligation to make sure they feel loved, special and cared about. I asked them how they would feel if they were in the hospital, let’s say, and nobody came to see them. Then I asked how it would feel if they were in the hospital around Thanksgiving and nobody came to see them. They have big hearts anyway so they totally saw the need of spending a few hours at the home tomorrow.
We also talked about Saeed Abendini, a pastor being held in Iran in a prison for his faith in the One True God. We talked about how his family would have to be without him, and he without his family on Thursday. I asked them if they thought it would be hard to be thankful in a situation like that. I don’t remember which one it was, but one of the big boys said, “Yea it would be hard, but at least they know God is with the other one, even if Saeed is in jail and they are in the United States.” Even in a situation like the Abendini family is in, there are things to be thankful for. Our God is so amazing, He can be the glue that connects a family even in a situation like theirs. He is so big and mighty that He can span an ocean, and circumstance, to bring hope to both parties. Yet He is simple enough that my little boys can understand and relate to him. We have an awesome God, amen?
I hope as this Thanksgiving season surrounds us, you can find things to be thankful for, outside of yourself. Sure, I am thankful for my family, my house, my job, my ability to walk, talk and run. But I am also thankful for missionaries who are around the globe, apart from their families, spreading the Word of God. I am thankful for a reality that I can have a personal relationship with the Creator and Sustainer of life. Thankful doesn’t come close to scratching the surface that my family is alive and well and that God has chooses imperfect people (my husband and I) to go into the international mission field to do His work. I am thankful that He is powerful enough to soften hearts, cultivate compassion for others in those hearts and a love for all walks of life. I find myself standing amazed and who He is this Thanksgiving season in more ways than I can put into words.
What are you thankful for?