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My Favorite Thanksgiving Activities for The Classroom During November

November is such a great time to be a teacher. I feel like at this point you are in the groove. You know your students, your students know you, full steam ahead. Interestingly, of all the holidays I have created content for, Thanksgiving has the most options, many of them FREE. Even better many of these Thanksgiving-themed resources are appropriate for the elementary, Middle School, and even High School Grades! As you plan for November, I hope you enjoy these activities and that they help bring an attitude of gratitude into your classroom. After all, if you can teach students to be grateful, you have truly given them one of life’s most important skills.

 

FREE Grateful Through the Alphabet

Like most blog posts, I LOVE to include Freebies for you! This Thanksgiving Round-Up is no different. November has a HANDFUL of Freebies available to you, keep reading for access to some fun, FREE downloads like these!

FREE Thanksgiving Trivia Crossword

Before we dive in, I want to let you know that ALL of these activities are available as a BUNDLE! Why choose when you shouldn’t have to right??? You can now purchase the Thanksgiving MEGA Bundle at Teachers Pay Teachers, and eventually in my shop! When you purchase the Mega Bundle you are able to save BIG and snag the following activities for a little UNDER $1.99 each! TPT actually warns me about listing my bundles at too steep of a discount… but I can’t help it! I would love for you to be able to justify trying all of these in your classroom! ***I’ve also included the November Morning Meeting Slides as a FREE Bonus with this Bundle 😀 

Click Here for More Information on the Mega Thanksgiving Bundle

Project-Based Learning: Plan a  Thanksgiving Dinner

Digital & Printable Version Available!

I had to start with my favorite. This Plan a Thanksgiving Dinner activity is based on the Project-Based Learning method, and it is FANTASTIC. The idea and need for this project came when I was doing a bit of planning our actual meal. I. HAD. NO. IDEA. The amount of math involved is staggering, let alone the analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating… Mr. Benjamin Bloom would be so proud.

This activity includes over 20 pages, click on the arrows to preview a few!

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This project involves a lot of math, critical thinking, and even incorporates some writing and design. All 100% real-world application. I know there are other products out there based on planning a Thanksgiving dinner, but this one goes a step further.

To see this product explained in detail, click here, or watch the brief video below!

This activity is extremely adaptable, and can be/has been implemented across a wide span of grade levels with ease! Just check out the reviews on Teachers Pay Teachers! With the activities, extensions, and versions I’ve included, this activity has been a new favorite in 4th grade all the way up to 12th grade, and because of my use of REAL recipes/ life skills… This fun little project has even found a home in many Family and Consumer Science Classes!

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Digital Version of the Thanksgiving Plan a Meal PBL

I’ve also created a digital version of this product and added a few fun activities/ modifications that digital products lend themselves so well to!

Some of the modifications include:

  • Designing an Invitation using clipart & Text
  • Inserting ACTUAL images of what you will be serving to the menu
  • Links to shop ACTUAL Grocery Ads
  • Make A Plan Writing Page
  • Add pictures of your guests to the guest page
  • Create a Digital vision board of your tablescape inspiration

Both the printable and digital version of these products have their benefits and are sure to be loved by your students. This is one of my favorite products to read your reviews on. Hearing about how engaged your students are makes everything SO worthwhile. You can purchase these individually or save BIG by bundling!

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

 

Disguise a Turkey: Digital & Printable Version

You & your class are going to LOVE this Disguise a Turkey activity! I have always loved the classic Disguise a Turkey project. However, I wanted to put a digital spin on this November classic that would be adaptable for your younger grades (where you typically see this activity) but I also wanted to create a product that would be appropriate for your Upper Grades. I could not be happier with how it turned out. Use this Digital or Printable Thanksgiving Activity as a whole-class, as a send-home project, or in your November Centers. This can easily be implemented in your traditional classroom setting, an all-virtual, hybrid, or even socially distanced classroom. If you are looking for a fun fall activity, Thanksgiving Craft, or November Project, this is a great option!

All of the pages in this Google Slide product are editable, & can be printed. This product includes both your traditional Disguise a Turkey printables, AND my new digital, EASY to use templates that allow you to build and customize a disguise for your turkey using pre-made shapes, picture placeholders, and a wide assortment of accessories to complete the look! Complete only the Turkey for an Awesome Thanksgiving Art Project, or pair it with the writing extension slides and write a narrative or persuasive essay for an engaging and effective ELA Thanksgiving Writing Project.

Parts of this activity (Like the Traditional Disguise a Turkey Printables with large dashed lines, and the Simplest Digital Template can be used in grades as young as 2nd grade! While at the same time I feel confident that the materials and templates I’ve provided will be a hit and new favorite in your upper grades as well!

This Product Includes:

  • 3 Completed Examples
  • Student Instruction Page
  • Google Search Word Bank
  • Digital Planning Page
  • 3 Digital Templates
    • Shapes: Students will click and move shapes to build a disguise, and change their colors by using the paint bucket in Google Slides. Also helpful but not required for students know how to arrange layers (Simplest Template)
    • Placeholders: Students will click and move placeholder shapes to build a disguise. Students will use placeholders to EASILY insert a picture from Google Search into their shape. Also helpful but not required for students to know how to arrange layers.
    • 3rd Template includes both Shapes and Placeholders.
  • Narrative Essay Graphic Organizer (Write a story about your turkey and their disguise
  • Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer (Write an essay about why the turkey should pick your disguise over your classmates, or write from the turkey’s perspective and convince your reader to have a different main course come Thanksgiving.)
  • Draft Page
  • Final Version Page
  • Digital Rate and Reflect Page
  • Printer-Friendly Versions (All slides can be printed, these are more ink-friendly)
    • Planning Page
    • Full-Size Turkey with Feather
    • Full-Size Turkey with No Feathers
    • Half-Size & Full Page Templates with Dashed Writing Lines for Younger Grades
    • Half-Size & Full Page Templates with Regular Writing Lines for Upper Grades
    • Editable Letter To Home
    • Editable Rate & Reflect Page

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

November Turkey Art Project &  Sensory Poetry Template

This is such a great Thanksgiving Art Project for both younger and Upper Grades. I love to use the Holidays as a time to review figurative language and focus on Poetry, Thanksgiving is no exception. These two projects work as a great and complete activity with the Art Project and Thanksgiving writing project! If you haven’t tried a Zentangle art project in your classroom. This is the perfect opportunity. The process is simple, however, based on the skill level of students the project can become as intricate and detailed as they choose. Another benefit is the supply list is SHORT. Literally, paper, pencil to lightly sketch, and a pen, or marker if you really want to make a statement. All of these can be found in your basic classroom with basic supplies.

Check out some of the pages included below. Click on the arrows to change pictures.

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I’ve included a brainstorm page as well as a few examples to jumpstart and inspire your students. If you love Zentangles in the classroom make sure to check out:

Once the turkeys are done, I have students cut them out and mount them on construction paper. We display our turkeys and poems in the hall for November. More on the poem below:

This product also includes a poem template that supports students in writing a really fun sensory-driven poem. Students use a brainstorm page to think of emotions, sounds, sights, smells…etc related to Thanksgiving. Using what they’ve brainstormed they start experimenting with figurative language. From that point, they will move onto the poem template. The template will scaffold them as they create a really beautiful and rich poem that describes Thanksgiving from their point of view and individual experiences. The results are really delightful.

I’ve updated this product to include a couple of different options for students to write their finalized poems on. If you use Google Classroom I’ve also uploaded a FREE option that students can use to type and display their finalized poem. Click here for access to the Google Classroom Thanksgiving Poem Templates. Remember access is exclusive to members of On Lemon Lane. Not a member? No problem! Click here to sign up. Becoming a member is FREE, Fast, and Easy, Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

Grateful Gobblers: Digital & Printable

I call this activity Grateful Gobblers! A simple, yet fun and effective activity on gratitude that’s perfect for Thanksgiving, November, or even Fall! Students complete either the printed worksheet or digital activity to customize their turkey and its feathers to list the things they are most grateful for.

Use the templates to have students list:

  • What they are most thankful for in general
  • What they are most thankful for in relation to Thanksgiving
  • What they are most thankful for during Fall
  • …ETC!

If using the printable, students can simply draw or write on the feathers. If using the digital version students will use my EASY to use templates to insert pictures from the web, or pictures of their own! This product also includes a Digital Notebook Layout PERFECT for starting a Digital Gratitude Journal for the Month of November! You can also use this as a place where students explain and expand on the whats and the whys of their customized turkey.

This Product Includes:

  • 3 Different Digital Turkey Templates to pick from
  • 1 Digital Gratitude Journal Template
  • 2 Printable Turkey Options
  • Printable Lined Paper
  • Printable Dashed Lined Paper
  • Student Instruction Page
  • Completed Examples

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

The Thanksgiving Heroes You’ve Never Heard of Reading Comprehension

Thanksgiving, historically speaking can be a (and should be) a sensitive concept in the classroom. I think a great way to approach it is by using historical documents that offer different points of view. Specifically, the views of both the Wampanoag and English settlers. As an educator, you have a responsibility to educate yourself and your students from a place of accuracy and representation. This reading passage focuses on the letter written by Edward Winslow, as well as the friendship that was formed between him and Chief Massasoit. After all, if there was a message that should be known and celebrated today, it would be one of two unlikely individuals coming together under difficult circumstances and forming a friendship. This comprehension reading passage is great for November and a great way to open the classroom to a discussion about the actual history behind Thanksgiving today. If you would like to become more informed about the history of Thanksgiving and how the “celebrated” history differs, the resource linked below, along with this passage is a great place to start!

Harvest Ceremony Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth: A Study Guide

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

In My Corner Thanksgiving Edition (Digital Would You Rather)

Looking for a FUN Digital Thanksgiving Activity that’s Perfect / Appropriate for Upper Grades or your older students? This Digital Thanksgiving Activity Would You Rather Game is the Perfect Virtual Activity that can be used in the Distance Learning Classroom, Social Distanced, the traditional classroom, or even a hybrid! Students will LOVE creating their own “In My Corner Slide” A fun Digital spin on the classic Four Corner Game. In this, Digital Activity students will also enjoy interacting and CONNECTING with their other classmates using the questions that THEY thought of!

This product also includes 30 READY TO GO Thanksgiving/Fall Theme questions that students can respond to. This digital activity is editable through Google Slides. Not only is this spin-off of 4 Corners a fun way for students to get to know each other, but once you or the students complete the slides these can be a fun way to take attendance quickly each morning, a great way to start your morning meetings, exit tickets, OR use this as a game or center for your Class Thanksgiving Break  or Fall Break party.

This also can be such a fun way to practice and introduce opinion or persuasive writing as well! Pick a favorite slide, then let students list reasons and debates to back their opinions. Take notes and then try writing a brief essay!

This product was created for Upper Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, or Secondary Students. It can be completed in one class period, then stretched out and enjoyed. When teaching this lesson you can model each step thus allowing your students to get to know you, and form connections with you in the process! I’ve created a template that allows students to simply use a place holder for the image meaning they won’t need to worry about croppings or sizing their pictures to fit the slide! SO EASY AND FUN! This product was created in Google Slides and can easily be edited or assigned in Google Classroom or canvas. *** If using Canvas instead of making a single copy for each student to complete you will share the link to the presentation. This assignment was intended to be completed as a collaborative slide, not individually.

If using as a traditional Four Corners Get to Know you Game, use the pre-made slides, OR have the students create a slide with a question of their choice (I’ve included examples to help students brainstorm). You can then project the slides in your classroom and students will move to the corners of the room to show their response. I’ve included number pages you can print and hang in each corner!

If using as a strictly digital product, students will create a game piece and a “In My Corner” Slide. Students will use their game piece to show their response to each question by where they place it on the slide! Such a fun way to interact and connect digitally.

You can assign this as a collaborative slide and have students interact and comment with each other. Have students present their slide with a brief explanation of their question and a brief defense of their response. This can be done in the classroom or over a Zoom Call or Google Meet. Students can even meet as a small group in a breakout room during a zoom call with their other classmates that answered the same as they did! No matter what type of classroom setting you are teaching in, this activity integrates seamlessly.

This Digital Product Includes:

  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • 1 completed example
  • 30 Ready to Go Pre-Made Questions
  • 2 versions for Student Game Pieces
  • Class slides up to 36 students (Let me know if you need more added)
  • Printable number pages to use in actual Classroom

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

What Actually was Served at the First Thanksgiving Dinner Reading Comprehension

This one is SO fun. In this informational text, students learn just how great the meal they enjoy today differs from the meal consumed during the first Thanksgiving feast. In fact, you may be surprised to see just how different they are! This is a fun and interactive, informational text reading passage. Students will enjoy learning more about the history of Thanksgiving and get a better glimpse as to what the colonists and Wampanoag people ate, as well as the impact the Wampanoag had on that meal. Take it a step further by downloading the free Tangram activity below! The two were created for each other and together make a wonderful and complete activity.

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Make a Meal: Digital & Printable Thanksgiving Activity

 

This project turned out really fun! Make a meal is where students create either a digital or printed representation of what they would like to see on their plate come Thanksgiving day! Maybe it’s the traditional Thanksgiving staples, maybe it’s a slice of pizza with a sprinkled doughnut to the side. Either way this is a fun project and a great way to connect with your students, while they connect with their peers. (Hello S.E.L.) This product also includes fun suggestions for extensions in addition to their digital (or printed) art.

Have your students write a poem about what they would rather see on their plate, or use the persuasive graphic organizer I’ve included to write a persuasive or opinion essay about why their picks are best and should be served every Thanksgiving!

Like in Grateful Gobblers I’ve included the digital notebook template. Use this template for student response, as a digital gratitude journal…etc!

I’ve added a few fun little details to the digital templates to make them extra fun. Notice on the tablescape there is a Food cover dome! I thought this would be a fun way for students to present their choice. With any student presentation I would suggest doing this in small groups, or even through breakout rooms over Zoom. ***Do not have ALL of your students present ALL of their meals in one sitting. Engagement will TANK. Instead spread them out over a few days, OR do them all at once in small groups.

As students present consider taking a running tally of the favorite foods. Use this tally to write out fractions, ratios, calculate percentages…etc. Then in the end rank the class favorites, or come up with the top favorites and have students group write a persuasive essay. Determine which is the top food to be served based on how convincing their essays are!

If you have other ideas about how to use this product or any of the others in the classroom, PLEASE leave a comment, I’d love to hear what you came up with!
This Product Includes:

  • 5 Different Digital Make a Meal Templates to pick from
  • 1 Digital Notebook Template
  • 3 Printable Turkey Options
  • Printable Lined Paper
  • Printable Dashed Lined Paper
  • Student Instruction Page
  • Completed Examples
  • Digital & Printable Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer
  • Digital & Printable Draft Page
  • Digital & Printable Parent / Assignment Letter

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Snapshots of Thanksgiving: Digital or Printable

Works as a Fall, Gratitude, Thanksgiving, or BACK FROM BREAK Activity

In this, Digital Activity students will also enjoy interacting and CONNECTING with their other classmates! This product mimics the idea of a social media profile, and is based on my best-selling back to school resource, “My Life in Pictures!” **Read the Reviews on this best-seller!

This digital or printable activity is great for Fall, the month of November, the week of Thanksgiving or even as a day after Thanksgiving Break craft. It was created for Upper Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, or Secondary Students, and can be completed in one class period.

I’ve created a template that allows students to simply use a place holder for the image meaning they won’t need to worry about croppings or sizing their pictures to fit the slide! SO EASY AND FUN! This product was created in Google Slides and can easily be edited or assigned in Google Classroom or Canvas. *** If using Canvas instead of using this as a collaborative slide back to school activity it is my understanding you will instead make a single copy for each student to complete.

Students will insert 8 pictures plus a profile image and type a brief explanation or think of a relevant hashtag! These templates are so cool because not only are they SO SIMPLE to edit, but they are also BEAUTIFUL and age-appropriate. I’ve included over 12 styles and themes to pick from. Each one fit to a different type of personality. These technically all could be printed, however, I have also included an ink-friendly PRINTABLE version.

You can assign this as a collaborative slide and have students interact and comment with each others. Have students present their pages with a brief explanation in the classroom or over a Zoom Call or Google Meet. Students can even share as a small group in a breakout room during a zoom call, or have 2-3 students share slides each morning as a morning meeting! No matter what type of classroom setting you are teaching in, this activity integrates seamlessly.

This Get to Know you goes BEYOND the basic… What’s your favorite food? What’s your favorite color? and really allows YOU and your older students to get to know one another.

This Digital Product Includes:

  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • 2 completed examples
  • 11 Different Digital Theme Templates for you or students to pick from (15 including ink-friendly versions)
  • 1 Digital Notebook Extension (Use as a Gratitude Journal…etc)
  • 4 Printer-Friendly (Ink-Friendly, Still editable through Google) Version

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Harvest Moon: Digital Art & Poetry Project 

One of my favorite Autumn Art Projects was to have students create a beautiful watercolor sunset behind black silhouettes, This Harvest Moon Craft is a classic, and now available as a beautiful digital activity, through Google slides! Students create a scene by adding the black silloettes to their slides. They then make the picture come to life when they add the gradient filled digital sunset to their Google Slide. These make look complex, but this project is SIMPLE and would lend itself well across a WIDE span of grades. I’d even dare recommend this to grades as low as 3rd and as high as 12th!

If you are looking for an activity more Fall / Autumn themed as opposed to a STRONG Thanksgiving theme, The Snapshots activity above or this one would be your best contenders! This activity turned out really beautiful. I continue to be surprised with the type of digital art students can complete through Google SLides with EASE.

The template I’ve included allows students to create a Fall themed work of art with ease. The beauty of these types of projects is that not only are students able to foster their creativity, but they are also learning and reviewing KEY digital skills in the process.

Because Art pairs itself so well to poetry and ELA, I also decided to include templates to help your students write a fall \ autumn-themed cinquain poem. These turn out exceptional and are a great no-stress way to introduce poetry to your students. Cinquains are also a GREAT language review! Also included is narrative writing graphic organizers to help your students write a story that could take place in the digital illustration they’ve created. This product is a really wonderful and complete art project for your upper grades.

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

FREE The First Thanksgiving Dinner Tangrams

This activity is a wonderful stand-alone or follow-up to The First Thanksgiving Meal described above. Students will try to recreate 4 of the different foods that either were or according to historians, most likely were served during the first Thanksgiving.

Tangrams are believed to have been invented in China thousands of years ago. The traditional Chinese Tangram puzzle is a single square divided into 7 specific shapes. Students will use all 7 shapes to try and recreate the tangram puzzles on the challenge cards. Simply cut out the shapes and begin! This activity is perfect for centers or rotations or even as a fast finisher activity for November.

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FREE Thanksgiving Trivia Crossword Puzzle & Note of Gratitude

Gratitude is an action, and I am grateful for you! This Freebie includes an awesome Thanksgiving Trivia Crossword Puzzle that contains fun history and facts. As well as a coloring page, and a thank you note template. Students can identify someone they are thankful for and have an outlet to express that gratitude. Both activities are perfect for Thanksgiving Day. It would be great for Thanksgiving Bell Work, or November center or rotations!

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FREE Grateful through the Alphabet Activity

This activity gives me all the feels. This Freebie includes an awesome Grateful through the Alphabet activity where students are required to write something they are grateful for that starts with each letter. The more detailed and specific to them the better. Also, included is a thank you note template so students can identify someone they are thankful for, and express their Gratitude. Again this is a great November activity, Thanksgiving Day activity perfect for centers, rotations, or simply morning work!

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I hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite activities for the classroom for November and that these ideas alleviated some of your lesson planning! I’d LOVE to hear from you, comment below, what do you do in your classroom?

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#givethanks 3:7
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I'm grateful for refinement. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to be a little better everyday. Though my growth pattern is for every step forward there's a few steps back, somehow, over time, minuscule little by minute little, there's been progress. Though I don't see it in the day to day, I do see it in the years gone by and though it is slow, and the curve to my chart is gradual, it's there. I know this is due to Christ’s enabling Grace, available through His atonement. I don't think I'll ever quite have the words, the comprehension, or the understanding to adequately express my gratitude for this.

Art by one of my very favorites Emily Shay
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Had to share Emily’s words when she debuted this piece, ”The Refiner’s Fire.”
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”...And yet, considering a piece of rough ore- a rock encased with minerals naturally contains impurities. However with those impurities, it also carries within it precious metals such as silver and gold. For the refiner to create something out of that piece of ore, he needs to begin the refining process by breaking the ore with a heavy hammer. The ore then must be exposed to the refiner’s fire, with temperatures as high as 900-1000 degrees Celsius, in order to burn away the impurities and reveal the precious metal inside.
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Could there be a gold and silver lining to the trials we are experiencing? By clinging to hope, persevering in faith and trusting in the Master Refiner’s perfect plan, we are refined in the fire.

In this painting there are a few things I’d like to point out:
⁃ with the support of Jesus Christ and heaven raining down tender mercy to keep her from burning, she is safe, cool and unconsumed.
⁃ by accepting such love and support, this brings new growth – beautiful fiery growth.
⁃ Christ’s halo is made of all colors of the flame, as he takes on every and all the impurities.

“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say ‘The Lord is our God.’” Zech. 13:9”
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“Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God’s laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf ...

#givethanks 1:7
I've contemplated today what I would share and though I have SO much to be grateful for... There was no, ”aha!” ”that’s it!” moment!
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As I opened my photos to find a pretty picture to share I found a stream of these images from this morning that made me smile. It's not the picture perfect post, but it's our reality.
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Our reality is made up of a messy house, (that was cleaned today by the best daddy despite working full time from home.
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Our reality is made up of a boy that drags Alexa around from room to room to listen to his music like Chris Stapleton, or Jon Pardi way too loud.
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Our reality is made up of kids having more screentime than they should /taking pictures on mom's phone, left to fend for themselves or run to nana’s house.
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Our reality is a big sister giving her 8week old baby sister her brother’s medicine/ call to poison control...
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Our reality is an exhausted momma, wearing spit up as perfume, in an inside out nightgown, with who knows how long it's been since a brush has been in her hair, hair.
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Our reality is messy, and in the moment I'm not often thinking of how grateful I am for the mess.
But looking at this picture while the kids are sleeping sound... it’s like looking at things through a different lens.
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I'm grateful for the mess.
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LOVING this FREE coloring page to use with this weeks #comefollowme lesson. Head to the website for the link to this instant download and others 💛 ...

“There is no medication or operation that can fix the many spiritual woes and maladies that we face,” President Nelson said. “There is, however, a remedy—one that may seem surprising—because it flies in the face of our natural intuitions. Nevertheless, its effects have been validated by scientists as well as men and women of faith. I am referring to the healing power of gratitude.” – President Nelson ...

FUN & Free Download to help you brainstorm and get into an attitude of gratitude as you participate in @russellmnelson #givethanks challenge! Head to the website for this week’s #comefollowme weekly FREE Resource Roundup ...

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Sometimes I wonder, how did the Jaredites do it?

How did they have the faith and courage to step in those barges with everyone they loved, leaving behind their home, stability, and any semblance of control.

No steering wheel to steer. No sail to direct. No windows to see. No air source in the depths. No idea where they were going. No idea how long it would take. No idea if they had enough food.

No game plan but prayer.

Can you imagine those moments where they were running out of oxygen in the depths of the sea, praying fervently that the Lord would lift them in time? Because I’m sure they were imagining it as they stepped into that barge.

How did they do it?
The answer, I believe, is that God had prepared them.

Ether 2:6 says of their journey, “And it came to pass that they did travel in the wilderness, and did build barges, in which they did cross many waters, being directed continually by the hand of the Lord.”
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They had done this before. They had been in the barges. They had crossed over many waters, and had felt God direct them continually.

They knew God was with them. So, when their greatest challenge came, they were prepared.

How has God prepared you for your challenges today? What smaller waters have you already crossed to prepare you for the ocean you are now in?

Or, what smaller waters are you crossing right now to prepare you for the oceans ahead?

Remember, “God has already prepared the way. He is just preparing you.” (Tangie Ambrose).

Art by @yongsungkimart
Thanks to my friend, Becky Rowley, for the conversation that inspired this post ❤️
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Have you ever lost something, looked EVERYWHERE, all the while telling yourself “You don’t need to pray,” “YOU can find it,” ” We’re not to that point yet…” Only to get to the point of offering a desperate prayer, to find the thing you were searching for moments later, likely in a place you had already looked. This has happened to me more times than I care to admit. From my wedding ring to my only set of car keys. As I reflect on those little miracles or moments of God showing me His hand, I think those moments carry more weight because I left myself to my own devices for so long. I knew when I sheepishly found them after praying that the finding was outside of my own capabilities. Again I think this was an example of my own veil of disbelief.

According to President Harold B. Lee (1899–1973), the Lord’s question was similar to saying the following:

“‘Well, have you any good ideas? What would you suggest that we should do in order to have light?’ …

“Then the Lord went away and left him alone. It was as though the Lord were saying to him, ‘Look, I gave you a mind to think with, and I gave you agency to use it. Now you do all you can to help yourself with this problem; and then, after you’ve done all you can, I’ll step in to help you.’”
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“Sometimes the only thing separating us from the blessings we seek is our own “veil of unbelief,” and if we can “rend that veil” (Ether 4:15), we may be surprised by what the Lord is willing to do for us.”
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This excerpt from Come Follow Me this week really struck me. As I thought about what it meant, I realized that too often I had fallen victim to my own disbelief sometimes in the simplest ways and moments. I think in part it’s how my “natural” mind works. I’m quite an anxious person and my mind always puts things in worst-case scenario, that way when best-case or mildly-acceptable case come along I feel prepared and even happy with the outcome. I think it’s a survival mechanism. Whatever it is, it’s the default setting for my brain.
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An instance that sticks out to me happened about a year ago. A dear friend of our family was going through cancer treatments for a cancer that he had beat once already. Things looked pretty bleak. My family had helped to organize a fundraiser that I was quite involved with. I did everything within my power to make things ok. Notice I did everything within MY power.
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My husband and I were headed to the temple to do sealings with some of his old mission companions and mission president. As we drove to the temple I broke down filled with dread and hopelessness as our friend’s battle with cancer seemed to take another drive.
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This brought the question… What’s the point? What’s the point in praying, if God already knows the outcome. Because God knows the outcome and it’s ultimately His will why even pray….. (read the rest on this week’s Come Follow Me Blog Post)
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Comment below your thoughts, I’d love to hear what you think💛
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Fun Object Lesson for #comefollowme this week:
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Mormon and Moroni had faith that their actions, work, and sacrifice would bring about beauty for tomorrow.

What are you doing today? What seeds are you planting, or in my case SHOULD be planting? What is something you can do today that will bring about a more beautiful tomorrow?

If you are looking for a way to solidify this idea, it just so happens to be the perfect time to plant bulbs. Tulips and daffodils are one of my absolute FAVORITES.

If you’ve never planted bulbs before here are a few tips:

🌷Plant in a spot where it will receive full sun, or afternoon sun.
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🌷Tulips prefer well-drained soil.
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🌷Planting before a freeze is optimal, however, you will still have great chances with planting your bulbs in the winter. Tulips are surprisingly hardy.
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🌷The larger the bulb, the deeper it will need to be planted. Larger bulbs need to be planted around 6-8inches deep.
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🌷When you plant the bulbs the pointy side needs to be pointed up.
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🌷Leave them to their own devices and have faith that March will be made more beautiful because of your efforts!
I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this! Make sure to comment below.

As you plant, consider making a commitment to the figurative seeds you can plant and care for each day. Come March, when your tulips bloom, reflect on your actions and document the beauty that came because of your actions.
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“To gain unshakable faith in Jesus Christ is to flood your life with brilliant light. You are no longer alone to struggle with challenges you know you cannot resolve or control yourself, for He said, ‘If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me’ (Moroni 7:33; italics added). – Richard G. Scott ...

You may not know this about me, but I love gardening, especially flower gardens. I’m no good at it, and again my good intentions outdo any action on my part, leaving an often neglected and overgrown sight, however, I still love it and love learning, reading, and experimenting with different blooms.

One of my favorite ideas/thought process about gardening is the idea of planting seeds is a demonstration of faith. The ACTION of planting the seeds and caring for them demonstrates your belief or hope in the beauty that may come tomorrow.

As I read the heading form Come Follow Me this week, I was immediately reminded of this idea.

“Mormon and Moroni had faith that their record would inspire those living in the latter days. As you read Mormon 7–9, write the impressions that come to you about how you can apply what you are learning. “

Mormon and Moroni had faith that their actions, work, and sacrifice would bring about beauty for tomorrow.

What are you doing today? What seeds are you planting, or in my case SHOULD be planting? What is something you can do today that will bring about a more beautiful tomorrow?
📷: @spellandtell
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Have I Seen the Hand of God? FREE printable, November Gratitude Challenge.
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This fun download can be completed digitally by typing into one of the 30 squares each day for the month of November, or print out the page and write in one of the spaces each day.
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“I heard in my mind—not in my own voice—these words: “I’m not giving you these experiences for yourself. Write them down.” […] I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?”

-Henry B. Eyring
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New post with FREE Printable for #comefollowme this week! It’s all about making the effort o see the Lord’s hand in our lives every day. Download the November Gratitude Challenge and be ready to start come November 1st💛
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Art by Sammie Rose
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
-Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient
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Gracelyn Jo
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
-Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient
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Gracelyn Jo
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments...”
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“Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ’s suffering, death, and Resurrection. Instead, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments.
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“The Bible Dictionary states, "Grace is an enabling power.”
-Brad Wilcox, His Grace is Sufficient
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Had to share Emily’s post and this piece titled “The Refiner’s Fire”

@emilyshayart 2020 has been a YEAR.
Personally, it tops the charts.
My family has been drastically and painfully altered, bringing overwhelming heartache.

And yet, considering a piece of rough ore- a rock encased with minerals which naturally contains impurities. With those impurities, it also carries within it precious metals such as silver and gold. For the refiner to create something out of that piece of ore, he needs to begin the refining process by breaking the ore with a heavy hammer. The ore then must be exposed to the refiner’s fire, with temperatures as high as 900-1000 degrees Celsius, in order to burn away the impurities and reveal the precious metal inside.
God refines us by allowing us to go through painful trials and difficulties. One might think, “What is the purpose of letting Their children suffer if They truly love us?” Is it possible- one way to look at this allegory is to help us understand the purpose beyond our pain- to expose and purify the greatness within?
Could there be a gold and silver lining to the trials we are experiencing? By clinging to hope, persevering in faith and trusting in the Master Refiner’s perfect plan, we are refined in the fire.

In this painting there are a few things I’d like to point out:
⁃ with the support of Jesus Christ and heaven raining down tender mercy to keep her from burning, she is safe, cool and unconsumed.
⁃ by accepting such love and support, this brings new growth – beautiful fiery growth.
⁃ Christ’s halo is made of all colors of the flame, as he takes on every and all impurities.

“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say ‘The Lord is our God.’” Zech. 13:9

“Adversity should not be viewed as either disfavor from the Lord or a withdrawal of his blessings. Opposition in all things is part of the Refiner’s Fire to prepare us for an eternal celestial destiny.” -Quintin L. Cook

“God would not put you through a refiner’s fire if you were not worth refining.” -Brad Wilcox
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