About the Author

Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. Robin, I love this! I clicked back through all your posts. Enjoyed your comments next to some of the thankful thoughts! (Especially the one about the children trying to get in good with their teacher…LOL!…and the comments about the Fall.)
    I’m not very creative, but even the Dollar Store sells pretty decorated boxes now, and as you said, the actual vessel is insignificant.
    What a wonderful new idea to add to our family traditions. Thanks so much.

  2. Robin – that is such a GREAT idea! I love it – and my wheels are spinning about getting it done for this year. Thanks for sharing your lovely Thanksgiving box.

  3. A few years ago, I started our thankful tree tradition. We use a wooden tree (that I got on Halloween clearance and painted brown), then write something we are thankful for on a leaf every day in November. We stick the leaf to the tree. The first year, I had to write it for my daughter. But last year and this year, she can write on her own. Here’s a link to it: http://sixgoldencoins.blogspot.com/2009/11/thankful-tree-2009.html
    I like the thankful box idea too, since it would have to involve more of our family members!

  4. We have a Blessings Box –same thing, really– and our box looks a LOT like yours 🙂 I’m looking forward to filling it up with my family. Thank you!

  5. That is a great idea Robin! I had been thinking that our family should really start making the discipline of being thankful as a daily part of life. After all…..we have so much to be thankful for! Thanks for the idea!

  6. What a beautiful idea!
    In our family Friday evening is a special night of quiet, worship, soup n’ bread, candles, pillows on the floor and time together. We have a blessing book (just a simple journal) in which we write down everyone’s “thankfuls” for the week past. Big stuff like getting refund checks at the right moment, near misses on the freeway, little stuff like yummy peaches on sale or our happy family, a favorite teacher.
    We have kept this book (multiple volumes) for most of our marriage (17 yrs). It is a treasured posession. We reread back through the years for the curent date from time to time–what surprises of God’s grace and mercy in our lives.
    On Thanksgiving Day we write 3 lists in the book–People, Places and Events that have most impacted us in the year past. Wow!
    Thanks for the little reminders on this page.

  7. Joy, Thank you :). If this becomes a tradition for your family, I would love to hear some of the responses. Thankfulness breeds thankfulness and it blesses me to think a little idea I had might become meaningful for someone else. Your encouragement was a bright spot in my day!

  8. A few years ago I bought a table runner and a colored fabric pen. Throughout the day family and guests at our thanksgiving table write what they are tahnkful for on it. Then people get to read all the comments. Every year i get a new colored fabric marker and people write there many thanks. Now we have many different colors on that runner and many memoreis of what we have been thankful for throughout the years!

  9. Now THIS is a fabulous idea, Elizabeth! I hope youre sharing your link all over the bsphere so EVERYONE can try their version of this! Homemade seasonal decor is so special, much more so than very expensive store-bought lovies.

  10. lol, you have me wondering if thats what inspired my idea! I dont think Ive ever compared the two before. Blessings and reasons to be thankful? Yep, they go hand in hand :).

  11. Kimba,
    I didnt do this when my kids were younger, but I was intentional about training them with a thankful heart. Now, as teens, they really are grateful for what others do for them (the big and the small). All that effort when they were young paid off :). And THANKS for sharing your link…and mine back at your place! 🙂

  12. Wow, Cinda Lea…w o w.
    What a precious tradition–all of it. Im stunned. Seventeen years of journaling thanks. THAT is a treasure; you sound like youve got a pretty special family :). Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Thank you so much for this wonderful idea. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out a way to make our Thanksgiving Day more about thankfulness and less about the food. We are having family over that we don’t see very often, so the Thankful Box is a great way to encourage deeper conversation and to truly get a glimpse of each person’s heart. I think your idea is an answer to a prayer that I just prayed with my son tonight- that God would open our eyes to the ways we can make Thanksgiving special and ways we can serve. I think offering this new tradition will be a way we can serve our extended family just by ministering to them. My aunt just recently lost her son unexpectedly. I hope God will use this new, borrowed tradition to comfort and encourage her. Thank you!!

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