Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving: Enjoy this 11-Minute Film About Squanto

26 Nov

Squanto Film

This is an 11-minute historical piece for Thanksgiving on Squanto, based on the Eric Metaxas book, Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving (this is our family’s favorite Thanksgiving book, hands down!)

One of the Dads from our Classical Conversations community helped make this video and cameos in the film. šŸ™‚ It was filmed about 15 minutes from our home at Historic Mansker’s Station,Ā which you should TOTALLY visit if you’re ever in my neck of the woods and another local community near us.

Who alone could orchestrate such circumstances in Squanto’s life? Only God Himself could have beautifully pieced together these exact events in the life of Squanto so that he could, at the time God appointed, return to his home and help save the lives of the Pilgrims. Only God Himself could have turned the dark events of Squantoā€™s life into a beautiful story of redemption.

Please enjoy with your children, especially if they’ve read the book! Happy Thanksgiving!

What We’re Reading Wednesday: Squanto & The Miracle of Thanksgiving

12 Nov

What We're Reading WEDNESDAYS

Here’s a repost from the archives. Squanto and the Miracle of ThanksgivingĀ is our favorite Thanksgiving book because of how it has led our family to celebrate the greatness of God. Read more here.

Also, this previous post features other Thanksgiving reads that our family has enjoyed. Of particular note is Thank You, Sarah, which was a new one that we read last year. It is a delightful read about the woman who petitioned for Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. šŸ™‚

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Friday Favorites: Handprint “Thankful Tree”

24 Oct

FRIDAY Favorites

When I observe my calendar inching ever so close to November, I know that one of our family’s favorite traditions is right around the corner! Each November our family erects a tree in our kitchen. It’s not just any tree; it’s a tree filled with handprints from all 5 family members. During the month of November, we daily each add a handprint to our tree, and on each handprint is written something for which we are thankful.

Handprint Thanksgiving Tree

This short moment during breakfast or dinner seems microscopic when compared to the remaining 23 hours and 50 minutes in the day’s remainder. However, by intentionally pausing, even for only a few minutes, to reflect on God’s gracious, abundant, never ending blessings in our lives is refreshing, humbling, beautiful. I pray, too, that is memorable for my children. I pray that they will clearly see that “every good and perfect gift IS from above…” (James 1:17), that Mommy and Daddy, aka “the grown ups”, also, need the discipline of regularly, consistently coming before God to thank Him for all that He does for us.

No matter how you decide to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, find creative ways the entire month of November to cultivate thankfulness within your family. Hearing your children and family members articulate reasons of thankfulness isĀ trulyĀ something for which you will be thankful this year and the years to come.

For details on how to create your own Handprint Thankful Tree, read this previous post.



Thanksgiving Tradition: Read THIS Squanto book (because not all Squanto books are created equal)

9 Nov

imageI know it’s Thanksgiving around the Mosley casa when I get out Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving. You must, must, must, must, must read this book this year. Squanto’s life is a beautiful, God-centered story of redemption, and most secular accounts of Squanto omit those details.

Read this post from last year’s archives, One Miraculous Children’s Book that All Ages Need to Read This Year, not to learn about how great Squanto was but to be reminded of how great the God of Squanto is.

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Thanksgiving & Little Peoples–FREE Shipping code (through 11/11)

9 Nov


As we recently finished discussing Treasuring God in Our Traditions for the Suzanne Shares book club, I’ve been writing a lot about traditions! Traditions help center us on Christ, remember the goodness of God and instruct our children. With Thanksgiving upon us, we have started celebrating our Mosley Thanksgiving traditions over the last few days! YAY! Our Handprint Thankful Tree is going strong (except we didn’t get to it today. See, I’m not perfect. šŸ™‚ We’ll do two hands tomorrow. :)), we read our favorite, favorite Thanksgiving book tonight, and our Little Peoples Thanksgiving Set is being played with fondly.

Little People Thanksgiving

Speaking of the Little Peoples Thanksgiving Set, I am EXCITED to pass along a Fisher Price coupon where you can get 20% off and FREE SHIPPING with $25 or more. Here’s the code:


You can use it to snag the Little Peoples Thanksgiving Set and/or the Little Peoples Nativity set (another favorite of ours!). These are both great pieces of our Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions.

I had some happy boys the night we got our Thanksgiving Set out for the season. Sniff, sniff. They no longer make the Little Peoples Mayflower ship. šŸ˜¦ Happy Thanksgiving! šŸ™‚