Thankful and a RACK Freebie!


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Thankful: [adj] feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative
I love this definition.  It sums up a recent tugging on my heart.  I am so grateful and honored by all that God has given me, and I am moved toward an expression of gratitude! 
One of the biggest blessings is this funny-faced family of mine!

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We are definitely a cast of characters, especially the NUT on the bottom. I am grateful to be in this family.  I am grateful I chose a good man, and I am so thankful he is crazy about us. I want to express my gratitude for these sweet men by loving them well this Christmastime.

I won’t let myself become a “Winter Whiner” as I shop and wrap piles of gifts.  I promise myself that I won’t be grinchy with the ones I love the most.  In an effort to be blessed and not stressed this Christmas, I scoured Pinterest and blogs and created these cards to encourage fun family time. I want to pour myself into this family and our time together.  Special thanks to Cara for the inspiration for many of these ideas.

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Grinch Bars= Rice Crispy Treats with green food coloring
Red and Green Tubby inspiration {here}
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Nativity Canvas Art inspiration {here}
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Handprint Canvas inspiration {here}
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Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt click {here to download}
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I love the blogging community.  They have enriched my life and supported me in ways that are just unreal.  Do you guys remember when I was robbed in my own classroom? My blogging community came to the rescue!  They banded together and they surprised me with a new iPad and cover. 

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Can you believe that?  I did not ask, I did not complain, I simply told my blogging friends, “I was robbed today.”  They were irate for me.  They were brokenhearted. They sent me private messages, and then they did what seemed unthinkable.  They collected money and gave me what had been taken and more. These women did not just give me an iPad.  They gave me support. They made me feel important.  They met me in a place of sorrow and they lifted me up. They showed me something that I have not seen in a long time… women supporting each other.

It was an act of kindness.  One blogging friend told me, “So many people reached out Katie. They love you. “ And I felt it. I still do feel it. AND it still causes tears to well up in my eyes.  They wanted me to be “blessed and not stressed”. It was pure kindness. They all blew a kiss in my direction and I was overwhelmed by their love.  They reached out. They expressed love. They gave.

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I am going to reach out too.  I am going to serve others in this month of December. My family and I are going to stop and give back just for a few moments each day. We are going to use some of these cards and we are going to express our grateful hearts and serve others.  We won’t be doing all of these, but I tried to give you a variety to choose from. Some of these ideas are as simple as compliment 5 people today. Another favorite is hand out candy canes to people in line at the post office.

Teacher to the Core Random Acts of Kindness

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Thank people for their amazing lights- free download from a Teacher to the Core

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If you are looking for a great way to display your family fun and RACK cards then you can use my vacation calendar.  I posted about it {here}. It’s a free download and has directions on the post. Each clip can hold your plans for the day. I am going to have each clip hold one family fun card and one RACK card.  Enjoy!

Wall Calendar to keep track of summer fun

This blog has changed my life.  I am so thankful for this little spot in cyber space. I have met amazing bloggers and I have met you.  Your comments have taught me, encouraged me, and made me a better teacher. I have loved inviting you to take a peak into my classroom and it gives me “throw confetti in the air”  kind of joy to share my creations with you. I want to express my gratitude to you by offering you 1 of 20 quality freebies.

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The blogging team of Primary Chalkboard presents a “Summer in December” Freebie Hop.  I appreciate you. I am grateful for my readers, and I am humbled that you spend your valuable time here with me.  Thank you my Friends! Are you ready to be given the gift of summer sunshine in December??? Click here to hop. 11/29-11/3

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Most importantly I am thankful for Jesus.  What amazing love He showed us to be born, live, and die among us. What redeeming power He showed to rise from the grave and pave the way to heaven for us! I am in awe. I hope that my light can shine a little brighter this season as I give and serve. I want every RACK to honor Him!
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Katie Knight
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9 comments:

  1. Oh, Katie, I love you so darn much!!!!

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  2. Love you, friend! Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!
    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  3. What a beautiful post. I am going to forward to a bunch of friends with children to give them ideas of what to do this season. Thanks for all the great ideas.

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  4. Amen and beautifully said! We love taking baked goodies to our neighbors, along with a tract.

    Blessings,
    Sarah
    smbhankinson@gmail.com
    Learning is for Superstars
    follow on Facebook

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  5. Beautiful post! We love and support each other in the blogging community, don't we?

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  6. Beautiful post! We love and support each other in the blogging community, don't we?

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  7. Katie, you always make me smile. I think you're an incredible mom, wife, teacher and friend to all. Happy December to you and your sweet family!

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