Gratitude is something that kept coming up for me over and over last week. It wasn’t the easiest time for me but dear friends pushed to get in touch with me when I went quiet and my thinking was challenged and new perspectives were offered! Although I feel a bit more confused about things going on for me, in a way it’s refreshing because I also feel change coming from this confusion. I’m excited about the ways I can grow after these hardships.
Hailey‘s blog post her new 365 Grateful Project reminded me that I wanted to try something similar the first time I saw she did the project. It was a timely reminder and I’ve decided to finally get started with my own photo project. (Although, her pictures are so totally amazing and in comparison, mine are… well… that’s not the point…)
I started to wonder what I could do with my kids in the name of gratitude. It doesn’t seem to be a really easy concept for the kids to understand. Perhaps because they have so much and don’t go without many things. I remembered seeing a blog post about making your own prayer flags and decided to go with a gratitude theme instead of the hope wish theme shared in the other post.
We talked about all the things we’re grateful for, wrote out a list and then started to draw. The kids helped pick buttons and coloured thread to attach and embellish the final product and I think it turned out so well!
Leif drew his own and picked out his favourite buttons from the bucketful.
Lily did many on her own. She was also instrumental in the choices of embroidery thread and buttons used on all the flags.
I’d like to do a second smaller banner with the letters spelling out Grateful or Gratitude right above to fill the empty space. We still need to put shelving up on this wall for many of our treasured nature finds.
You can click on any of the pictures to see them bigger or see more flags closer up.