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Thanks Full Board… tutorial.

October 31, 2011

For the past few years I have put together a simple board for us to jot down things we are thankful for.  I leave it up all of November and …well… it normally is still sitting out collecting thanks in December.  It is adorable and amazing to see the things the rest of the family is thankful for on a daily basis.  I dug out last years to remind me exactly how I put it together.  I was touched to see how last year my kids would take the time to write how they were thankful for family…. relatives stopping by… hot chocolate…houses that don’t fall down…a momma.  I also smiled big seeing my husband’s handwriting, thankful for me.


I saw something I wrote down that really warmed my heart… Last year Ash asked me why I keep a notebook in my purse and I told him it was to write down ideas….and in his flippy little way he chirped, “oh like God but he writes His on bread and eats it every day,”… and just like that he ran off as if what he said made perfect sense. I loved that story and would think about it often and then one day I thought about God and the meaning of bread and aren’t His ideas our daily bread?  Little Ash he always knows things he doesn’t know.

I really love having this board up starting in November (anytime in November) I think it really prepares your heart and your family’s heart, for the upcoming season of Advent and Christmas.


  • a frame (whatever size will do…we have a big family so we go big)
  • a family picture, or family name…or names….
  • something to mount the photo… I had those acid free sticky tabs but I ran out and ended up using packing tape…so really just stick it however.
  • Plenty of tools for the Thankful…pencils work well to make it just right.

Directions… it’s pretty self explanatory… the only thing you want to remember is you need to be able to write on the paper, so the glass or plexiglass which would normally protect your photo is actually right behind your paper. The glass adds the bulk and stability between your paper and frame backing. You can decorate it as you see fit.. I seem to be domestically challenged in that area so I go really basic. You can obviously hang it up on the wall if you want… we leave ours on a extra dining room chair where our kids can easily access it.Pin It
**So many things to be Thankful for…way more then one board can hold… But for today we will start with just a handfull:


  1. My nephews 2nd birthday…he is so happy and healthy.
  2. My husband playing his guitar on Sunday morning.
  3. My words read aloud….Our God speaks our names….reaching others.
  4. Hearing others respond to something God told me….I am so humbled. Who am I that He would speak my name and have someone else read my words?
  5. Cakes cut on Sunday morning in celebration for new love.
  6. The craziest most beautiful October?? snow…we don’t see snow till late December around here.
  7. a husband who would stay a few hours longer to help me.
  8. a hard working husband.
  9. kids one by one getting better from a stomach bug
  10. you sweet readers who email me privately…you are gems and such a blessing.
  11. fireplaces all glowing warm with kids playing card games around.
  12. new art supplies ordered…and en route!!!!!!!!!!!!! so hopeful
  13. sissybutts Mil in town…her story of saving a baby in Ghana…ugh, amazing!

Please make one of these boards…if it only be a wild experiment with your family… I know it will touch your heart. Everything is about to ramp up for the holidays and there is nothing like coming around the corner and being stopped by a billboard of thanks. Pin It

13 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2011 11:05 am

    sweet idea…I keep a journal opened on the kitchen desk for who ever to write in…I love seeing my daughter in love leave a comment…the ones from my children out of the house really bless me…
    Blessings as you and your family give thanks together….

    • October 31, 2011 11:43 am

      nice idea Ells… I have a calendar with writing space open for all to add to the thankful list… looking back years later is so heartwarming

  2. October 31, 2011 11:10 am

    I love this idea of a way for the family to participate in naming things we are thankful for! I try to keep my children focused on all of the gifts that God gives us as well. I hope your holiday season is full of blessings to be thankful for.

    • October 31, 2011 12:03 pm

      it really is encouraging… things He has given us that we once thought not possible….they they are in pencil scrawl.

  3. October 31, 2011 11:41 am

    lovely… and ‘simply’ perfect!
    am off to make one!

    • October 31, 2011 12:05 pm

      oh if you do I would love to see it.
      like I said… I am domestically challenged in the decorating area… I am sure others can really do it up nice!

  4. October 31, 2011 1:31 pm

    I wanna make one, thanks for the great idea!

    • October 31, 2011 2:39 pm

      Oh please do…and if supplies are hard to come by… You can always retire an already hanging picture frame…
      Since it is only for a season you can utilize things you already have and then after the holiday put the original art back in the frame.

  5. October 31, 2011 3:14 pm

    This is a sweet tradition. Do piano teachers get to write on it when they come over? Because I am thankful for you guys. Mush, mush. I’m headed to the store for my supplies tomorrow.

    • October 31, 2011 3:25 pm

      Oh yes we encourage all family to record their thanks…aren’t you family…yes you are.
      Oh I am sure your family thankful board will be super stylish.

  6. Rebekah permalink
    November 10, 2011 2:27 pm

    I love this idea and will get to work making my Thanksful Board this weekend. Thank you for sharing this way to prepare our minds/hearts for Advent!

  7. November 14, 2011 10:50 pm


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