We asked children to share with us what they are most thankful for this year.  The answers will make you smile, laugh, and even tear up. Jesus reminds us, “…unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” in Matthew 18:3.   Notice the things these little children are thankful for that we adults so often take for granted.  When was the last time you thanked God for pickles? Possibly never.

However, the things the majority of these children are thankful for aren’t things, they are people.  Mom, dad, siblings, cousins, friends and teachers were at the top of every single child’s list. More than one parent mentioned crying as they listened to their child passionately thank them for all they have done.  It makes the long nights, homework struggles, and cost of having children more than worth it to know that our children recognize the fruits of our love.  Who are the people in your life that you forget to thank? Who has helped you to become the man or woman you are today?  Take a chance to thank them today.

Set aside a moment of your day to reflect on the words of these little children and learn from youthful wisdom to appreciate the small things and wonderful people in our lives.  Ask in prayer that God would give us eyes to see the beauty of His creation with a childlike amazement at the world around us.

“What Are You Most Thankful For?”

1.) My Family

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[blockquote source=”Agustin (age 3)”]”Thank you for mommy and just for mommy. I’m thankful to be her son. It’s my favorite thing ever. I would also like to thank God for Tota (baby sister) but first you need to hold me more. And when dad comes home early and plays with me.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Anthony (age 10)”] “My family that loves me.” [/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Freya (age 10) and  sister Ava (age 7)”]”Mom!” [/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Fernanda (age 4)”]”I’m thankful for my brother even if we fight all the time. He is little and he will learn not to…eventually.” [/blockquote]

2.) My Friends

[blockquote source=”Sofia (Age 3)”]”Friends and big cuddles!”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Tyler (age 7)”]”Nice frans (friends).”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Marylynn (age 5)”]My friends Lilly and Mikayla.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Caleb (age 6)”]”All the people God made.”[/blockquote]

3.) Animals

[blockquote source=”Helena (age 6)”]”Animals!”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Fernanda (age 4)”]“Thank you God for the penguins they are so cute!  Specially when they’re babies! For the horses, white owls and pink dolphins. Those are my favorites! Thank you for creating them!!!”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Ella (age 6)”]”My cats Tyson and Cheeto.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Emily (age 5)”]”Spiney, my fish, though I want to change his name to Burp.”[/blockquote]

4.) My Safety

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[blockquote source=”Jonathan (age 10)”]”Home. It’s got everything I recognize in it.” [/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Calla (age 5)”]”My green blankie that keeps me warm.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Henry (age 5)”]”God that made the world and veterans.”[/blockquote]

5.) My Education

[blockquote source=”Christian (age 9)”]”School, life, friends, food, everything.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Isaac (age 6)”]”I’m thankful for my school, my parents, my brothers and sister, my whole family, my friends, Jesus and God.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Kelly (age 8)”]”School because if I didn’t go to school, I wouldn’t be writing this right now.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Jonathan (age 8), Harper (age 7),  Sarah (age 5), and many more!”]”My teacher.”[/blockquote]

6.) My Food

[blockquote source=”Roman (age 8)”]”Nonna’s broccoli pasta!”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Amy (age 4)”]”Pickles and my couch.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Liam (age 5)”]”The batman topper on my birthday cake.“[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Serafina (age 4) “]”Honeycrisp apples.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Ryan (age 9)”]”My house and pizza that is delivered there every Friday.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Avery while clinging tightly to a bag of candy (age 3)”]”My food!”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Margeaux (age 5)”]”For the eggs dad made and the pancakes mom made.”[/blockquote]

 

7.) My Toys, Technology, and Other Things

[blockquote source=”Bruno (age 6)”]”Lego sets.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Noah (age 3)”]”Toys and candy.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Simon (age 9)”]”My dyslexia.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Hayden (age 7)”]”I’m thankful I’m alive.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Tyler (age 10)”]”Wood.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Ellie (age 9)”]”T.V. is a man’s best electronic.  In my opinion, t.v. is the best thing in the world.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Tobias (age 9)”]”Football and all sports.”[/blockquote]

8.) My Faith

[blockquote source=”Eva (age 6)”]”I’m thankful for friends, a body that moves well, God, cheesus (how she pronounces Jesus) and Mary.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Nello (age 9)”]”Jesus coming to Earth.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Kristin (age 7)”]”I’m thankful for God.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Connor (age 8)”]”For my First Holy Communion and my party too.”[/blockquote] [blockquote source=”Dominic (age 3)”]”God, He made Thanksgiving and all the holidays and the homeless.”[/blockquote]

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So, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Leave a comment!