What Will Your Table Say?

When we come to a table, whether it be a humble kitchen table, a dining room table, a restaurant table or a wedding table, the way it is prepared speaks volumes. And we can capitalize on this in our homes this Thanksgiving!

What would I like our Thanksgiving table to say this year? Gratefulness. Love. Hope.

Gratefulness to the Lord,

…by adding some Thanksgiving decorations to our table as a center piece to help create an atmosphere of celebration and gratitude.

Love to my family,

…by taking a bit of time and effort to add special touches. A tablecloth made by my great grandmother; china dishes – a family tradition passed down from my mother; colorful napkins and Thanksgiving place cards. Nothing really elaborate. Just thoughtful touches.

Hope for the future

…by adding candles. A glowing reminder that Jesus is the light of the world. He is our hope! Praise Him!

How about you?

What would you like your Thanksgiving table to say this year? Inspire our Mom Blog community in the comments below. Looking forward to hearing from you! 😊

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Would you like to add place cards to your Thanksgiving table this year? Our daughter Melissa created a place card printable that we are planning to use and we would like to share the printable with you!

After printing just cut, fold and add a name to each card. When Thanksgiving Day arrives, the place cards will be ready to add to your table! Your family and friends will be reminded of your thankfulness for them and will be encouraged from God’s Word to tell God “thank-you” for His goodness and mercy.

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

From My Mother

My mother loves the Lord and enjoys celebrating special occasions with family and friends. As a daughter in her home, I watched her decorate, set a pretty table, prepare food, have activities ready and warmly welcome guests. What an amazing example she is to me!

When asked if she would be willing to answer a few questions relating to Thanksgiving with the intent of sharing them with you on the Mom Blog, she kindly agreed. 

Mom, you brought music into our home as I was growing up. What is a hymn that you like to sing during the Thanksgiving season?

“We Gather Together.”

What makes this hymn meaningful to you?

Growing up, our family would gather at Grma Hagemeister’s home with two of my uncle’s families to have Thanksgiving dinner together. After dinner and dishes were done, my uncle Lee would gather us together around the piano to sing. He would say to me, “Joyce, you play the piano.” So, I did. Uncle Lee and Aunt Alice both had beautiful voices and helped all of us to sing better! ☺ Our singing would last over an hour.

What is a verse that you like to meditate on during the Thanksgiving season?

Psalm 92:1

What makes the Psalm 92:1 meaningful to you?

This verse is easy to learn and say and so it comes to mind throughout the day.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, what are a few things that come to mind that you are thankful for?

I’m thankful for Jesus and that He loves me and gave His life for me. I’m thankful for the 66½ years I had with Harve before he went to live with Jesus. I’m thankful for our three daughters, two sons in laws and five grandchildren who all love Jesus. And I’m thankful for each new day to live for Him!

What word of encouragement would you have for us as mothers as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families this year?

To mothers I would say, be in the Word of God daily yourselves so that you get to know Jesus more personally day by day. Children watch and observe even when you think they are not watching what you do. Mothers, be praying for your children every day. And share with your children throughout the day too!

Thank-you Mom. You are a blessing!

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Word Search

Interested in a Word Search to enjoy with your family this Thanksgiving?

We’ve got you covered! It has become a tradition for our family to complete a Word Search at our Thanksgiving table. This is the first year however, that we have created Word Searches. And we are happy to share them with you!

Print the two Word Search pages found in the download below and you’ll be ready to go! One Word Search is for younger children who can read and the other Word Search is for older children and adults. Both Word Search pages focus on words that remind us of what to be truly thankful for. Enjoy!

A note: Often when we enjoy Word Searches as a family I remember our friend Shelby who is a part of our Mom Blog community. She has enjoyed Word Searches with our family and wow, is she fast! Her pen would go down, all words being found, way before others were done! Sending smiles your way Shelby!

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Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

How Many Words!

Are you looking for another simple and fun activity to enjoy with your family this Thanksgiving?

 

Enjoy: How Many Words!

 

1. Paper and Pencil

Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil. (If you have children who have yet to learn to read and write, assign them a partner to work with.)

2. Title

Have each person/partner team write the word “Thanksgiving” on the top of their paper.

3. Go

Tell them that when you say “Go!” they are to write down as many words as they can using only the letters found in the word “Thanksgiving.”

Also, encourage everyone to see how many words they can come up with (using the letters in “Thanksgiving”) that describe something they are thankful for.

4. Stop

When you say “Stop!” have everyone count how many words they were able to make.

5. Share

Share your list of words with each other. Talk about the words that describe something family members are thankful for and encourage them to share why. Have fun!

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Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

Play Dough Pilgrims

Play Dough Pilgrims is a fun Thanksgiving activity for little children and everyone else too! This can be enjoyed at the Thanksgiving table or at another time on Thanksgiving Day!

1. PLAY DOUGH
Give everyone a small ball of play dough.

You may also like to provide a paper plate or piece of wax paper for each person. This provides a great working surface for the dough and helps with easy clean up.

2. CREATE
Encourage each person to create a play dough model of themselves as a pilgrim!

If the younger members of your family finish before the older ones, you may like to provide them with more play dough. They can then make things they are thankful for while they are waiting for others to finish.

3. SHARE
When you decide enough time has been given for this activity, share, appreciate and enjoy each other’s pilgrim creations. Then place the pilgrims somewhere on your Thanksgiving table to continue to be enjoyed by all.

Fun note! One Thanksgiving our extended family, of all adults, made play dough creations. There was much laughter as some of us are less ‘artsy’ than others!

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Marian Thomsen

Marian Thomsen

Wife, Mother, Teacher, Author, Product Developer

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

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