We have been collecting non-perishable food the past couple of weeks as the children brought some in and I found BOGOs at my favorite grocery stores. So today we brought our collection of 31 lbs of can food and boxed items to the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent to share with others. We usually bring 50 lbs or more when we go but it has been difficult with also donating turkeys and filing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes in the past two weeks also. We don't want to make it hard on anyone, so I'm just so excited that most contributed in some way or another. However, they do have an increased need this year for meals for Thanksgiving so if anyone would like to contribute directly to Metropolitan Ministries which feeds the Tampa Bay area I received this in an email:
Please drop off gravy, rice, and boxed dessert mixes at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent or purchase them at our online store.
Try writing down all the things you are thankful for today and share them at dinner tonight. Model for your children how many things we are blessed with and can/should be thankful for. We can even be thankful in the tough situations because it builds character and makes us stronger. What a great lesson in persevering through the tough things (not giving up) than to hear from a parent how they are thankful for that tough day they had. How easy it is for us to complain about out day, when we could model being thankful instead. If nothing else, thankful we made it through the day and are finally done. 😁
Another way we can model being thankful is thanking the servers that help us, the cashier who rings you up, the person that holds the door, etc. I'm sure you can think of a few yourself. Not just saying "thanks" as you walk on, but making eye contact, pause and say something like "thank you for the great job you do", or "thank you for being so attentive as you serve us", or "thanks for pausing to hold the door". Doesn't it fill your bucket when someone takes the time to really thank you?
One way that the children here are showing they can fill a bucket is being a Super Friend. When they are caught being a Super Friend - helping a friend, playing nicely with someone, sharing happily, letting someone else have a turn first, etc., we add a chain to our Super Friend or Helping Hands chain. When our chain reaches the floor they can all have a cookie. It is getting close and they are getting excited! I saw many Super Friends today!!
After a healthy lunch, it was rest time. Very peaceful around here during that time. Everyone was worn out. I wonder if they dreamed about being thankful.
Menu today: BREAKFAST: Multigrain Cheerios, Bananas, Milk
LUNCH: Chicken (choice of light or dark meat), Lettuce/Spinach/Tomato Salad, Green Beans, Whole Wheat Bread, Milk
SNACK: String Cheese, Cucumber Slices