Our Grateful Board for Thanksgiving

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

Our Thankful Board for Thanksgiving 2019

 

While being thankful for all that we have is a good thing all the time, Thanksgiving is a special time to think about all that we are grateful for.

 

Both our daughters, their husbands and the 4 grandkids, along with my 93-year-old Mom, were at our place for Thanksgiving. It was a wild a crazy time, with a ton of food, a huge amount of energy, and a lot of rain which kept everyone inside except for a brief walk in the rain for some, and play in the garage.

 

My wife thought it would be fun to have a gratitude (thankful) board and asked everyone to let us know, in advance, what they were thankful for.

 

Our 2019 Thankful Board

 

The result was a physical reminder from everyone...in writing for all to see...of the many things we are all thankful for. Even the 2-year-old had a list.And everyone had the opportunity to post their list or to let the kids do it!

 

What was cool was the periodic discussion during the holiday, before, and still today, about being thankful, and asking the kids...what are you thankful for (family, of course, was a big one for many). I think it's especially important for the kids to be reminded about being grateful and the kinds of things that are meaningful to them - it's never too young to start learning and thinking about being thankful, right?!

 

Perhaps this will become our annual tradition!

 

This is my 4th entry for the ActiveRain November Gratitude Challenge.

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Lottie Kendall
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Jeff, your "thankful board" is a wonderful idea, and I agree that even a two-year old can participate. Perhaps a new tradition has been born.

Nov 29, 2019 09:45 AM #4
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Jeff - what a great idea and I think it's terrific that the kids were involved too. A terrific tradition-the-making.  

Nov 29, 2019 09:49 AM #5
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS, this is an awesome idea. Me and my son write what we are thankful for throughout the year and drop them in a box, then read them at Thanksgiving and have been doing it since he was a little boy. I like your wife's idea of having a board better though. 

Nov 29, 2019 09:58 AM #6
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Sharon Lee 

It WAS a cool thing to do. I'm glad my wife came up with the idea and that everyone got into it!

Jeff

Nov 29, 2019 12:47 PM #7
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

It was fun to hear what the younger kids had to say, and it wasn't just stuff.

Jeff

Nov 29, 2019 01:54 PM #8
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John Pusa
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Jeff Dowler, CRS it is a great idea to have a board for Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Nov 29, 2019 01:59 PM #9
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Mike Frazier
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There is nothing better than quality time with the ones we love.  We also had a great Thanksgiving.

Nov 29, 2019 02:17 PM #10
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Brian England
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That is a wonderful idea that your wife had and it sounds like it was a big hit.  I am glad family was one of the big things that everyone was thankful for.

Nov 30, 2019 07:44 AM #11
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David Artigliere
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Great and super fun idea your wife came up with, Jeff!  Nice visual!  

Nov 30, 2019 10:05 AM #12
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jeff I would not have expected anything less from you and your wife, clearly you get the spirit of Thanksgivings, Endre

Nov 30, 2019 11:12 PM #13
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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I vote tradition ! EXCELLENT IDEA !

Dec 01, 2019 12:00 AM #14
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS 

In all my years, why haven't I thought about this?  Thank you so much for posting.  I am going to incorporate this into a tradition. 

Dec 01, 2019 10:12 AM #15
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Roy Kelley  That would be pretty cool!

I think it WILL be a tradition going forward Lottie Kendall . It was fun to hear what the kids had to say.

Jeff

Dec 01, 2019 01:12 PM #16
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Michael Jacobs  - thank you! I was pretty impressed with what the kids had to say.

I love that idea Beth Atalay . What a special thing for you and your son to share!

Jeff

Dec 01, 2019 01:16 PM #17
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Thanks John Pusa  Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Hi Mike Frazier  Special times with family are something to cherish! Glad you had a good holiday!

Jeff

Dec 01, 2019 01:21 PM #18
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Brian England 

Family and friends were on the list for a number of us, along with good health.

Jeff

Dec 01, 2019 01:22 PM #19
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Thanks David Artigliere  I appreciate the compliment. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Hi Endre Barath, Jr.  Thanks for the kind words. The real credit goes to my wonderful wife!!

Jeff

Dec 01, 2019 01:25 PM #20
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Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Jeff that is a great idea! I will have to do this with my crowd. Thanks. 

Dec 01, 2019 08:16 PM #21
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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What a perfect exercise for the entire family! Pretty perfect...that wife of yours.

Thanks for sharing!

Dec 02, 2019 06:07 PM #22
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Jeff, Love your thankful board as a family tradition.  Often the easy, least costly  ideas are the most meaningful with lasting effects and in this, I'm sure will result in many wonderful memories for your family.

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