thankful instagrams

I got to spend the weekend crafting with my friends. It was a great little break. I’m so thankful for these friends God has placed in my life…and thankful they share my love of crafting too! I only took this one picture on my phone. I love this room. Such a happy place to wake up to!

I always love coming home to my boys after being away. I miss them! We had a little family date last night to a local living Nativity.

It was a walk through drama…so neat. One scene was set up like what it might have been like in Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph arrived for the census. The picture above was the scene when Jesus was born. There were live animals and everything. The boys got to pet goats and donkeys and camels. I loved imagining what it might have been like as our Savior…the King…was humbly born. Such a great way to start out this Christmas season.

Before we jump right into Christmas I wanted to share my little thankful instagram project. My goal was to post something I was thankful for each day in November. I didn’t quite make it every day but it was definitely a good reminder of the many, many things I have to be thankful for.

I am thankful for…

sunny days to play outside + little boys playing dump trucks in their jammies + ice cream + my cute ice cream dates + the excitement that wearing mittens for the first time brings + my sweet new nephew

healthy boys + uneventful doctor visits + my baking assistent + clean babies + clean teeth + my shopping assistent

when it’s been a rough day we can anticipate His new mercies in the morning + time he gets to spend with his daddy + a baby boy who is trying hard to convince me he is a big boy + creating sparkly peppermint play dough

matching cups + sweet friends + a joyful giver + beautiful weather + picnics + tractor rides

surprise donuts waiting on the counter + visits from faraway friends + katee is home + joyful noises filling my house

a surprise box of treats from Australia + little helpers + pizza makers + silly moment

walks on the quiet country roads + that he wants to be just like his daddy + silly smiles + brothers

This doesn’t even scratch the surface of all that I have to be thankful for. We are so blessed. And even without this list, I am most thankful for the hope I have in Jesus. Now it’s time to celebrate our Savior’s birth! Something we should be celebrating everyday anyway, right?! Hello December.

I’m jessmcclenahan on instagram if you want to follow along.:)

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  • December 4, 2012 - 12:29 am

    Steph - Jess, I’ve read your blog for quite awhile but never commented. Just wanted to stop and say thank you for being so encouraging. I love your instagram thankful idea…I may have to steal this idea for atleast a once a week project!ReplyCancel


    • December 5, 2012 - 5:12 pm

      Jess - Molly, Danner & Steph-Thank you all for your encouragement!ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2012 - 1:51 am

    danner - Love your family and the moments you capture!ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2012 - 9:01 am

    Molly Fuglseth - Very cute pics Jess, the boys are getting so big! I’ve been following you for a while, you have such a beautiful family. We live in Minnesota. Take Care, Molly :)ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    Aby Gittings - Hi! I have followed your blog FOREVER!! For YEARS!!! I came across it through Meg’s blog and for some reason I’ve never commented. I think I’ve been intimidated. All you’ve gone through… your unfailing faith… your super mom skills… I think I’ve felt unworthy to comment! lol! You’re such an inspiration. This post really touched me, as so many of them do…. but this time I just wanted to comment and say God Bless you Jess!! Thank you for sharing your life with us.ReplyCancel


    • December 5, 2012 - 5:11 pm

      Jess - Aby-Thanks so much for saying hi! Thanks for for your kind words…and you should never be intimidated to comment! :)ReplyCancel


  • December 4, 2012 - 11:25 pm

    Elizabeth Ann - Hi Jess! I am local here with you and am jut wondering where that living nativity is. I have 4 kids 5 and under who would love it.ReplyCancel


    • December 5, 2012 - 5:10 pm

      Jess - Elizabeth-The nativity was at Wildcat Creek Ranch (northeast of Newton on Highway 50). It was last weekend only…but hopefully they will do it again next year!ReplyCancel


  • December 5, 2012 - 12:46 pm

    chrissi - Love the photos. Your family is so sweet. You always make me think that it really is the littlest moments that bring the greatest joys.ReplyCancel


  • December 6, 2012 - 1:11 am

    Michelle from Australia - Oh Jess. What a lovely surprise to see the Aussie box amongst your beautiful pics. Thank you for being you and for inspiring so many of us out in Blog-Land. I hope to deliver the next Aussie box in person. p.s. We fly home on Friday night. Our USA adventure is nearly at an end :( M xxReplyCancel


  • December 6, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    katygirl - ahhh i’ve been so out of the blog loop because of all the christmas card orders! so glad for instagram!ReplyCancel


  • January 9, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    sheri - I just found your blog via Pinterest. I see that you went to Meg’s craft weekend the same time as Becky from Farmgirl Paints, I have followed her for years. What a small world “blog land” really is. I hope 2013 brings many blessings to you and your cute little family. So happy I found you, I will be following along.ReplyCancel


    • January 15, 2013 - 9:44 pm

      Jess - Sheri-Thanks for stopping by! I loved meeting Becky…she was so sweet!ReplyCancel


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