It’s almost time to put up our “Thankful Wall.”

We had company yesterday and the little girlie asked me if I had any ideas for an Autumn Art contest.  I am not at all artistic, but I suddenly remembered all the “Thankful Walls” that Middle Daughter has painted over the years and that we had saved them in the closet — all rolled up together, preserved for posterity.  So I fetched them out to show her.  The girlie got some ideas, but I got a wonderful  trip down memory lane.

Tonight, I fetched out the first one we ever did, and hung it up on the study door.  It was 1994 when we first had this idea to put a piece of newsprint up on our wall and ask the people who came through the door (for whatever reason) to write something they were thankful for, and to sign their names.  It has become one of our best and most favorite traditions.  Most people seem glad to comply, but if it is a hardship — we let it go.  In fact, the last year that Daddy was alive, he didn’t sign it.  He kept thinking maybe he would “next week” and I didn’t have the heart to press him.  And then, one week, we didn’t have “next week”.  My entry, that year, written in the corner just before we took the “Thankful Wall” down at the beginning of January, read,

“I’m thankful for our Daddy.  Safely Home.  December 18, 2005.

A Thankful Wall a

Here is the first one we ever did.  I looked immediately for Daddy’s entry.  I wondered if we had gotten him to sign that year.  Sure enough,  there in the middle, in bold blue, is my Daddy’s entry.  It gave me a jolt — and then a reason for grateful praise.  That man loved his children and grandchildren.  (He loved his great-grands, too, but in 1994, there were none to love.  Yet.)  If he were alive to see how the ranks of great-grands have swelled, and every single one of the 15 are from his sons — He would have lots more to write about, and he would be so proud.

Take a look at this picture.  You might be able to find your name — and if you see it or see the name of someone you love, but can’t read what is written, just say so, and I will interpret.

One more thing.  Practice the rusty art of gratefulness.

And should you be by our house in another few weeks,
Stop and tell us what you are thankful for and sign our

“Thankful Wall”


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8 responses to “

  1. Buckeyegirlie this is such a sweet thing to have. A wonderful idea thanks for sharing it.

  2. I am thankful I found you in “xangaland” and for your friendship and the inspiration and laughter you bring to me. Jean StaufferThere – you can write that on your thankful wall for me, since I know I won’t have a chance to do it myself.

  3. Awww…I wish I could sign your Thankful Wall.  What a beautiful idea.

  4. Awww. I see my precious mom’s beautiful handwriting.  

  5. be there in a couple weeks!:)

  6. I must have been having car problems….  : )  It was interesting to read that from long ago –  childish penmanship of people now married!  Whew!   ( Is Kathy still gold?)

  7. What a wonderful idea. I would love to do that at church. We all have something to be thankful for. Diana

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