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After having my triplets, I spent the better part of two years overwhelmed and frustrated. The adjustment period for me was difficult, and I’m ashamed to say that I was not thankful for each day. Then last year came, and we found out that one of my little boys had kidney cancer.
That experience was a perspective changer. Once my son had completed his chemo, I allowed that perspective change to permeate my life, and I became someone who is honestly grateful for every day that I have with my kids. I adore every snuggle. I breath in the scent of their hair. I memorize their quirks and funny moments. I am thankful for all the little things.
I’ve always been one of those moms who crafts with her kids, but now we do crafts almost daily. Our favorite crafts are those that we can do together and give as gifts. This week, we made a handprint gift for the kids’ grandmother to display. Shh….it’s a secret. We haven’t given it to her yet. But this would also make a nice display for my own home. It’s a compilation of my little one’s handprints, and I’m definitely thankful for them!
- Optional: Cricut Explore, Cricut Cutting mat, and Cricut pen OR a calligraphy pen
- 12 x 12 white card stock
- Finger paint in various colors (one color for each child)
- Paper towels, wipes, etc. to clean up the messy hands
- A 12 x 12 Scrapbooking frame
Grab the 12 x 12 white card stock. To get the words “Thankful for You” on the paper, you can do this a few ways. If you have a Cricut Explore machine, use the design studio, cutting mat, and pen to let the machine write the words on the card stock.
If you do not have a machine that will do this for you, you can achieve the same look with a nice calligraphy pen. Carefully write the words on the center of the page.
No matter the way that you wrote the words on the page, let the ink dry completely.
Use the paintbrush to paint a color on one of your child’s hands. I recommend only doing one hand at a time to minimize mess. Press the hand on the paper. Repeat with the other hand and the same color paint.
Repeat with each kiddo in a different color.
Tip: Let each color dry before doing another handprint. This will minimize smearing and mess! If you’ve never done handprint crafts with kids before, check out my Tips for Great Handprint Art with Kids post!
Let the paint dry completely before inserting into the frame.
If you’re feeling a bit in a rut, it doesn’t necessarily take a life-altering experience to change your perspective. Sometimes an inspirational movie can do the same! One such movie is the newly released Miracles From Heaven. I went with a few friends to see it in the theater. This inspirational, howbeit emotional, movie does an excellent job at portraying what families with sick children go through during their difficult journeys. After watching the movie, there is no way that anyone can walk away feeling uninspired.
The moving story of the Beam family is full of love, faith, and spirit. I enjoyed the movie so much in the theater that I purchased it at Walmart! Walmart carries the Miracles from Heaven DVD, the Miracles from Heaven Blu-Ray, and a Miracles from Heaven combo pack with Heaven is for Real. They are all in the new releases display in the Entertainment section. When you buy Miracles From Heaven DVD, $1 of your purchase will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.
Shasta L Walton says
I love this idea and think this would make a great gift for my grandparents! Thank you for sharing your story. Parenting can be so overwhelming and sometimes going through something like what you went through can totally change our perspective on what a blessing parenting really is. Reading your story reminds me that when I feel a little frazzled and all I really want is a “break” those are the times I need to snuggle them extra tight and be thankful that they are happy and healthy. #client