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Every night before our prayers we discuss what we are thankful for from that day.  Then we thank God specifically for these things in our prayers.  BusyBoy and GigglyGirl say Thank You instead of Thankful, hence the name Thank You Journal rather than Gratitude Journal.  This year, I think we will cover an old journal with a brown grocery bag.  Next we will decorate the grocery bag to make it special for us.  Then each day in the next year we can write down what we are thankful for each evening.   

What about you?  Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving crafts?  If so, please leave comments below and feel free to link to your own blog posts about them. 

If you like this you might also like my other Thanksgiving ideas, Pumpkin Bread Recipes, and Sweet Potato Recipes and Sweet Potato and Yam Facts.

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Garage Sale

The garage sale this past weekend was a HUGE success.  We have so much more space in our house now.  All of the infant and toddler clothes are gone.  The 8 computers we were selling are gone.  All of the 3 ring binders and hanging file folders are gone.  I have tons EMPTY Rubbermaid containers again. 

1988 - 70 Quart Ultra Storage Box

The infant and toddler clothes were really concerning me late Saturday morning.  They take up so much space.  I needed the clothes out of the house to have the space to setup my home office for the political consulting that we are doing.  We were selling the clothes $1 each for the 0 – 6 months and $4 each for the 6 month to 4T.  We sold quite a bit but there were still bins full of clothes.  Our neighborhood has a spring garage sale so we thought we might have to pull them back out in April. 

Then around 1:00 on Saturday a lady came in and made an offer for the entire lot.  She is going to ship the clothes to her brother and sister in Columbia for them to give out at Christmas time to the children in the village.  The thought of the clothes sitting in my basement versus being given away to children who truly need clothes was a no-brainer.  I am so glad that they are going to be put to good use. 

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How do you handle the never ending flow of laundry in your home?  Do you have a system to organize it and make it easier on yourself?  Or, do you just buy new clothes and throw away the dirty ones? 

Leave comments below to help me!  I cannot afford all new clothes! 

Be sure to see my philosophy about the Sisyphean Task of laundry. 

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Holiday Grand Plan

The Holiday Grand Plan officially starts this week.  This year will be my fifth year using the Plan.  I stumbled upon this website after the twins were born and found that it is a great way to keep organized and stay ahead of the Christmas rush, while trying to manage the day-to-day activities of 2 busy children.

Each week, there are assignments to complete both for deep house cleaning and for preparing for the Holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas).  By breaking the holiday work down into smaller, more manageable tasks, I am able to do a little bit at a time and still truly enjoy the process.

I wish I could say that I am organized enough to follow the plan rigorously but I am not.  I do what I can with it each week.  The parts that I cannot do, I let go of and do not worry about.  Even though I do not follow every single little task, Thanksgiving weekend each year, we are able to get the tree decorated and we begin to enjoy the Christmas season without feeling as if we have to rush to accomplish everything on a large, out-of-control to do list.

This works for me.  What works for your holiday preparations?  When do you start to prepare?  Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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A “Sisyphean Task” is one that is extremely laborious and that never ends. 

For example:

Today, I did laundry ALL day long.  Before going to bed tonight, there will still be more laundry to be done from the clothes we wore today.  In fact, the day I die, I will leave behind dirty laundry. 

Does it ever end?! 

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