Leaves, Seeds, Classroom Gardens & Gratitude this Thanksgiving

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This fall has been so wonderful… after a fun-packed October with crazy things to do each weekend, we’ve had a peaceful & pleasantly cold November.  It’s been the perfect month of baking, adventuring, and excitedly anticipating Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We are so excited and have had fun decorating for fall.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I started my son on science project of having a simple “classroom garden,” where he has taken the time to plant seeds and watered and watched them grow.  In October, one of the treats he received at our beautiful Botanical Garden Halloween festival, was a zip-lock bag with wet paper towel and beans.  It was fascinating for us to watch the beans break open and become embryos with little roots.  They are now over a foot tall, and my son has pride in his little garden he’s taken care of.

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My son’s little hand holding his first pulled weed!

His first baby sunflower plant.

His first baby sunflower plant.

Bean growing science experiment for our classroom garden!

Bean growing science experiment for our classroom garden!

It’s so beautiful to watch something grow – it’s a miracle really when you watch so closely… everyday with the beans they were just so radically different.

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As Thanksgiving has drawn nearer and nearer this past few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on how grateful I am for all the gifts in our life.  Our life is in no way, perfect, but we are so happy… so content with what we have right now.  I’m at the 35 week pregnancy mark, and so thankful it’s been an easy, low-stress pregnancy.  Every little kick, every rolling motion as he turns over inside me, has me constantly anticipating seeing him and holding him.

It rained this weekend - and our Esperanza became like a crystal gem with the water droplets.

It rained this weekend – and our Esperanza became like a crystal gem with the water droplets.

Looking back over the past three Thanksgivings and noting how different our life has been from 3 or 4 years ago, has also been a beautiful reflection in the positive changes we’ve made in our family.  I think last Thanksgiving was particularly beautiful – we were just so grateful for all the good and the bad that had happened the year before – my husband and I both felt like we were just being blessed over and over again, and were simply there holding our hands out to catch all of God’s blessings He was pouring down on us.

I remember waking up that Thanksgiving morning… we made love that morning before the sun was up – thanking God for each other – it was amazing to wake up so aware of feeling gratitude for each other & for our life.  This year I feel so much the same… the gratitude, again, has just been building up inside of me all of November.

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It rained this past weekend, and my son wanted to go out and play in the puddles & the rain.  I’m not a picky Mommy about stuff like that, I actually want him to experience the carefree mindset of playing in the rain.  It wasn’t cold at all, so I grabbed his brand new (adorable) rain coat, let him wear his crocs since his boots got packed up when we were helping friends move (haha… no good deed goes unpunished!), and got out towels for when he came back in.  He had a blast jumping in the muddy puddles and letting the rain fall on his head from the drains.

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He slugged the ball so hard the bat broke!  It was admittedly a skinny bat... lol, but he got so surprised!

He slugged the ball so hard the bat broke! It was admittedly a skinny bat… lol, but he got so surprised!

The next day was so fresh & bright – really a nice contrast to the rainy dreary grayness of the weekend.

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