A Basket of Thankfulness – Thanksgiving Activity 2018

Hello everyone! Happy November!

Welcome to Smile and Craft AG’s third annual Basket of Thankfulness activity!

A Basket of Thankfulness 2018

Here is a link to view the ones from 2017 and 2016!

I love Thanksgiving; it is probably my favorite holiday! I love hosting these activities each year and seeing the many things that you all are thankful for! It’s such a blessing to me, and I hope to you as well!

So, let’s get into it!

What is A Basket of Thankfulness?

In case you weren’t here last year, or if you forgot, A Basket of Thankfulness is an activity that occurs each November to inspire us to be thankful. The process is simple: you comment with a list (or just one thing is OK too!) of things you are thankful for, and on Thanksgiving day I publish a post with a big compilation of all of the things we thought of over November!

 

What are the Rules?

  • Comment below with things you are thankful for. You can comment with as few or as many things you want! However, make sure you are thoughtful about the things you comment. Don’t just write down everything that’s sitting on your desk at the moment.
  • Then, on Thanksgiving day, I will compile and post all the things we’ve listed (without repeats) and put them in a big numbered list of things we’re thankful for! I will also list the contributors. 🙂
  • Please note, if I, and/or my mom, decide that anything posted is inappropriate or against our convictions, we can remove any item commented from the list.

Also, please spread the word about this activity–I would really appreciate it! Let’s make a list bigger than ever, and grow in thankfulness in the process!

 

So, what are you thankful for?

 

 

Have a blessed day!

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American Girl at Costco

Hello!

You’ve possibly seen some posts around the ‘blogosphere’ regarding Molly, or other AG items at Costco… and here’s my contribution! 🙂

Recently I went to Costco, and it was surprising how many American Girl things they had! I’ve seen dolls sold there before (such as Caroline when she was retiring, which is actually where my Caroline is from!). But they had a lot of other AG things there, too, this year!

(Including Molly 🙂 ! )

Here go the pictures!

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This first picture has some glare, but you can see they had an American Girl horse as well as a ballet set.

 

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Here are American Girl pets, Wellie Wishers, Bitty Babies, and Maryellen! I’m not sure why they put Maryellen at Costco. Has anyone else seen her or a different doll at Costco?

 

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And last but not least, Molly, back from retirement! 🙂

 

Have you seen any AG items or dolls at Costco this year? Anyone see any other dolls besides Maryellen and Molly?

 

Can you believe that we’re already in the middle of the fall season? November is nearly here which means it’s almost time for the annual Basket of Thankfulness activity!!

I also have a photoshoot coming up featuring Grace and Caroline, so stay tuned for that 🙂 !

 

Have a blessed day!

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Rosemary Picking — Take a Stroll with Grace

Hi everyone!

Today Grace ventured outside to take a stroll and pick some rosemary to decorate the kitchen. Since it’s fall, she wanted to wear her blue coat, even though it’s not exactly coat-wearing weather yet.

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Want to join along? Grab a basket and let’s go!

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Even though it’s still pretty warm, a pleasant breeze would come along every now and then, promising that autumn weather will eventually arrive and break the heat.

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What’s the weather like where you are?

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Grace set to work to fill her basket with rosemary. Let me know in the comments what type of plant you want to pick!

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School is very busy, so I guess I’m forfeiting the schedule in favor of posting on days that I have time… like today!

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It feels like I’ve posted a lot of photoshoots lately. Do you like seeing a lot of photoshoots? Any other posts you would like to see here?

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And the basket is filled! 🙂

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Looks like that concludes our stroll! Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

What is your favorite thing about fall? Can you believe that October is starting tomorrow?

 

Have a blessed day!

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“The Unmaking” – A Lyric Photoshoot

Hello!

Time flies! With school started back up, my blogging schedule is a bit more on the back burner. I’m still keeping my plan to post on Thursdays, but we’ll see where the school year takes us… 😉

For this Thursday, I am excited to show you a photoshoot I got of Julie. I got this photoshoot to go with the song, “The Unmaking” by Nichole Nordeman. I really like this song, and I love the lyrics.

I’ve included the YouTube lyric video in this post so you can play the song while you look at the photos and read the lyrics along with them. Enjoy!

 

 

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This is where the walls gave way.

This is demolition day.

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All the debris and all this dust;

What is left of what once was,

Sorting through what goes and what should stay.

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Every stone I laid for you.

As if you had asked me to.

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A monument to holy things,

Empty talk and circlings.

Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?

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What happens now,

When all I’ve made is torn down?

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What happens next

When all of You is All that’s left?

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This is the unmaking,

Beauty in the breaking.

Had to lose myself to find out who You are.

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Before each beginning,

There must be an ending.

Sitting in the rubble, I can see the stars.

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This is the unmaking.

This is the unmaking.

 

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The longer and the tighter that we hold

Only makes it harder to let go.

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But love will not stay locked inside,

A steeple or a tower high:

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Only when we’re broken are we whole.

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What happens now,

When all I’ve made is torn down?

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This is the unmaking,

Beauty in the breaking.

Had to lose myself to find out who You are.

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Before each beginning,

There must be an ending.

Sitting in the rubble, I can see the stars.

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This is the unmaking.

This is the unmaking.

 

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I’ll gather the same stones where

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everything came crashing down.

 

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I’ll build You an altar there, on the same ground.

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‘Cause what stood before

      Was never Yours. 

 

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This is the unmaking,

Beauty in the breaking.

Had to lose myself to find out who You are.

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Before each beginning,

There must be an ending.

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Sitting in the rubble, I can see the stars.

This is the unmaking.

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This is the unmaking.

This is the unmaking.

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Had to lose myself to find out who You are.

 

 

 

Which photo is your favorite? Which part of the lyrics is your favorite? What’s your favorite song, or a song that is impactful to you?

 

Have a blessed day!

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Conversing, Compiling, and Comparing – A Back to School Discussion Among the Dolls

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Clara: So, I guess we’re here to talk about… school?

Grace: Uh-huh. *Turns to look at readers*

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Grace: Gracie just came in and told us four dolls that we’re doing a post, so we obliged. It’s a kind of discussion between me and Clara, and then between Julie and Caroline. Each pair has to make a list of five things we’re thankful for coming into the school year. Afterwards we’ll compare lists.

Clara: What?? Thankful for about school? Why not “Five reasons we’re thankful that fall break is going to come.”?

Grace: *giggles* I think it’s supposed to be a bit of a challenge. And besides, didn’t you hear Gracie tell us what we were doing earlier?

Clara: *shrugs* I guess I spaced out at the word, “school.”

Grace: Ok, let’s start then. What about… friends?

Clara: …Huh, you’re right! That’s not so hard, we get to see our friends!

  1. Seeing friends

Clara: Ok, number two…. Um…? I’m stuck.

Grace: Already? How about…

Clara: Oh, wait! Recess!

Grace: Well…

Clara: And lunch!

Grace: But… Ok. Why not?

  1. Seeing friends
  2. Recess
  3. Lunch

Grace: But now lets finish up with some more serious ones.

Clara: Ok…?

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Grace: Like, how about, that we are able to get an education?

Clara: Yeah, that’s good!

  1. Seeing friends
  2. Recess
  3. Lunch
  4. Ability to get an education

Grace: One more!

Clara: All right!

Grace: I think this last one is yours. You haven’t done any serious ones yet.

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Clara: What? Recess and lunch are awesome!

Grace: Ok, yes, they are things to be thankful for, but you know what I mean.

Clara: Hmm, well, *thinks* I’m thankful that we get to have breaks from our work.

Grace: *Shakes head, laughing* I give up. But I also agree, though I think there is definitely more we could have thought of!

  1. Seeing friends
  2. Lunch
  3. Recess
  4. Ability to get an education
  5. Breaks from working

Clara: Yay! We did it!

Grace: I guess it’s Caroline and Julie’s turn now!

 


 

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Julie: Now that Grace and Clara are cleared out, it’s time for us to start. I wonder what took them so long? We all have the same task right?

Caroline: I believe so.

Julie: *Shrugs* Ok. This shouldn’t be too difficult.

Caroline: Yes, but it’s always good to step back and thank God, even for the things that seem mundane.

Julie: *nods* What should be first on the list?

Caroline: I know I always love getting fresh school supplies and books.

  1. New school supplies

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Julie: Yes, and as I think about it. As much as school seems ordinary to us, to many kids in other places around the world it is a huge privilege. So I’m thankful we have the opportunity to get a good education.

  1. New school supplies
  2. Opportunity and privilege for education

Caroline: Yes! And how about seeing friends, old and new.

Julie: I’m thankful for that.

  1. New school supplies
  2. Opportunity and privilege for education
  3. Friends, old and new

Caroline: I have one more, if you don’t mind.

Julie: Of course!

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Caroline: I’m thankful for learning. Even though we don’t always see the impact in a week or a month, you can look back on years and see how much you’ve learned and improved. We can read, write, and do math so much better now than when we started.

  1. New school supplies
  2. Opportunity and privilege for education
  3. Friends, old and new
  4. Learning

Julie: That’s a good thought! And I have one to finish off our list, though I’m sure we could keep going!

Caroline: Yes, it’s hard to only to list five, after you’ve started thinking about it!

Julie: Though we’re listing a lot that’s good about school itself, I’m also grateful for breaks from the business to refresh. Even the Lord rested after creating the world, as an example to us.

  1. New school supplies
  2. Opportunity and privilege for education
  3. Friends, old and new
  4. Learning
  5. Breaks from the business

Caroline: Very good!

Julie: That was actually pretty fun. Let’s go compare with the other girls.

 


 

Clara: You’re done already?

Julie: *nods* We actually wanted to keep going!

Grace: *giggles* Oh dear, I’m not sure I want you to see our list.

Clara: It’s ok, Grace thought of the good ones!

Julie: Let’s compare!

Clara and Grace’s List:

  1. Seeing friends
  2. Lunch
  3. Recess
  4. Ability to get an education
  5. Breaks from working

 

Caroline and Julie’s List:

  1. New school supplies
  2. Opportunity and privilege for education
  3. Friends, old and new
  4. Learning
  5. Breaks from the business

 

Caroline: Very nice!

Clara: I told you, Grace! Breaks are serious!

Julie: *laughs* I think those are all good things to be thankful for!

Caroline: Even thinking of seemingly little things help us to be grateful.

Clara: True. I guess I’m a bit more glad for school. And recess seems sweeter too! *winks*

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Julie: *turns to look at readers* Thank you all for reading! I hope that you appreciated seeing us compile these lists, and that it might have inspired you. Now it’s your turn, what are you all thankful for, coming into the school year? Bye for now, and have a good school year!