Easy Ways to Show Gratitude


Happy Thanksgiving my friends! We are on vacation. This is how we feel about that. There is nothing like family time and being in a place you love.



I hope you are getting some precious time with family and friends. To slow down and give thanks!

If you are new to the site or the book – welcome!

Each month in In This House, We Will Giggle – I share a virtue with corresponding verse and memory definition. So, the virtues become REAL and easy to teach in our homes.

For this month, this is gratitude.

Gratitude CourtneyDeFeo.com

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks is all about recognizing that God gave it all. So, when we list our blessings or offer our thanks – it’s important that we recognize the source! And do that with our kids. Let them pray or make a list for God. He truly has given each of so very much – even in times of struggle, plenty or little.


Show Heartfelt Appreciation

I love this part of the definition – because this is where we get their little hearts engaged through action! Laughter over lectures! Just pick 1 or 2 people in their lives this week and ask them one of these questions:

“How can we show our heartfelt appreciation for someone we love so much?”

“How can we show him/her that we are truly grateful for how they serve our family?”


Then, together come up with some ideas and go for it! Something like this:

  • Make them a pie
  • Sidewalk chalk a note by their door
  • Sweep their porch
  • Write them a letter
  • Slip a note under grammy’s pillow
  • Walk up and tell them they are appreciated
  • Take a chore off their list – clean the dishes
  • Send a text or email with specifics of why we love them


Enjoy your family time this week – don’t make this a force or a chore! Just try to naturally weave it into your family time. Maybe they could work on something for their teacher and return with a surprise they made all by themselves – JUST to say thanks!


I am THANKFUL for you. Each of you. Your words and encouragement mean so much. I got to meet Jennifer, one of you, last night at a book signing. And I count it such a privilege that you read this site and we walk this journey together. You’re a great mom Jennifer.


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