This post and giveaway are brought to you by Birch Lane.
One of my favorite books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
If you’ve read it….you are nodding right about now.
If you haven’t I’ll totally Reader’s Digest it for you.
It’s about a tree who loves a little boy with all her heart. When he is young he plays under the tree and swings from the branches and eats buckets of apples. And as he grows older he sells the apples from the tree and uses her branches to make a house and her trunk to make a boat to sail away and explore the world.
And when he is older and his travels are done, he sits on the stump and rests…..
….and returns to the tree that he loves.
“And the tree was happy.”
I’ve read the story over and over and over again and I’m always amazed at the capacity of the tree to love.
She gives so much and asks for nothing in return and finds contentment and thankfulness in the joy of giving.
I know it’s just a story and trees aren’t aware who they give their apples to and generally don’t volunteer their trunks for boats….
….but the lesson of the giving tree is one we can all take to heart.
To be thankful.
Thankful for baseball and basketball games and laughter and scrabble and popcorn and a fresh set of new art pencils.
Thankful for family.
Thankful for friends.
Thankful for every day the sun shines…..
….and for every day it rains.
This weekend has been challenging and a little overwhelming for our family.
We’ve been so busy that we needed a day simply for us.
A family day.
So today we went for a walk in the brilliant sunshine on a path scattered with fall leaves and the change of seasons filling the air. We packed snacks and ate them in the park…..
…..and then we made a thankful tree.
I asked everyone what they were thankful for and then typed all our thankfuls on small pieces of paper and clipped them to a centerpiece of leaves from the yard.
And when I was done I stood there for a moment in the dining room and stared at the leaves of the tree and slowly counted my blessings.
The simple joys of life.
Leaves and leaves and leaves full of things to be thankful for.
And the tree and I were happy. 🙂
And now here’s one more thing to be thankful for.
This post is brought to you by the new fall line from Birch Lane (and there’s free shipping right now).
Today I’m giving away the Birch Lane products featured on the table. Like this set of eight pine cone napkin rings.
And this set of eight linen place mats.
And a set of eight linen napkins.
And my favorite…..the dried boxwood wreath (the one hanging on the garden gate in the picture above).
Simply add branches from your yard to create your own thankful tree and you have the perfect Thanksgiving table.
Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below.
Good luck and early Happy Thanksgiving!