Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.-Marcel Proust
Gratitude is something learned, reminded and consciously done.
I had the chance to watch an early screening of THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, a Disney movie about an infertile couple, played by Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner.
They make a wish one evening for a child of their own. During a powerful thunderstorm, a quirky, sweet boy named Timothy shows up, and things get very interesting.
The one thing that has stayed with me, more than a week after I saw the movie, is gratitude. Be grateful for what you have, nothing lasts forever.
When I heard the movie was coming out tomorrow, I went hunting for crafts to do with the kids. I like to take Disney movies and bring home the message so they really understand it.
In a cross between a gratitude journal and pen pals, I made this I LEAF YOU activity. If you check the Disney Family Fun page, they come out with activities to do at home with kids, and that’s where I found this: Timothy Green Leaf Notes craft.
It got me wondering, how could I take it further? In about 10 minutes, using only supplies on hand, I made up this craft that I hope brings more gratitude into the home!
- Each child gets an envelope. Pin it to the wall.
- Cut out leaf shapes from whatever you have on hand. I use paper grocery bags.
- Make an envelope to hold the extra leaves for writing notes.
- Make a sign, cut out extra leaves and put it all up on the wall.
— Isra(@thefrugalette) August 15, 2012