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An Imperfect Perfect Thanksgiving Day Pennant Banner

I am almost 2 weeks out from surgery, and I’m feeling pretty well!  I am sleeping great, off all pain relievers, and have just a bit of stiffness/soreness in my chest muscles and what used to be my right drain site. It is so great to feel good again.

Something I have learned from cancer and cancer treatment is how ridiculous perfection is.  I am a recovering-almost recovered- perfectionist.  Cancer takes the perfectionist tendency and really just steals it away.  That is one thing cancer has taken from me that I am more than willing to let it keep!  Nobody is perfect, and it is so freeing to just let go of needing and wanting things to be done just so.

This Thanksgiving Day Pennant Banner is just a small example of giving up perfection, and a great example of the rewards and sweetness letting go of perfection brings.

I was scrolling through my Thanksgiving Holiday Pinterest Board, and found this pin with the most beautiful Thanksgiving Pennant from View Along The Way. This was when I was still in a lot of pain from surgery, and knew there was no way I was able to make it, even though it is described as “easy.”  The old me would want it exactly how I saw in the picture.  Not so anymore, so I came up with a plan.

I have a very creative 10 year old Avery, who is always up for a challenge and loves to create.  I wanted a Give Thanks Pennant Banner for my living room/dining room, and I knew she would be the perfect person for the job.  I showed her the pin for inspiration, and told her to create one for me using whatever she wanted, as long as the colors were warm.  I told her to use any color that she would see in the leaves of fall trees.

I loved watching her gather her supplies.  She had pinking shears, markers, gold glitter, plain white paper, a book on how to make fancy letters, and some jute.  I knew I had picked the perfect person for the job.

The above banner is what she came up with.  I think it is the MOST perfect thanksgiving decoration in our home right now.  My heart melts every time I walk under it, and I’m so grateful I have learned to give up on perfection so I can experience what truly is perfect…my daughters sweet, creative love expressed in this beautiful pennant banner.

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  • EllyMae
    November 20, 2013 at 3:49 am

    I’m so glad to read that you are feeling better! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family.

  • True Agape
    November 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    She did a great job! Here fancy letter skills are wonderful! I need to barrow that book! ha!

  • Peppermint Ph.D.
    November 15, 2013 at 3:19 am

    My youngest daughter makes pilgrims and Indians each year from toilet paper rolls…it was a craft she learned in kindergarten and has continued to make them every year. I give her the piano to decorate with her people and by Thanksgiving Day, she will have a whole village made. I love it!!!!!!! So glad you’re feeling better 🙂 Keeping you in my prayers.

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