The girls and I have spent a lot of time this month talking about having an “attitude of gratitude” and what it means to be thankful for all that we have. Honestly there are many times a day when it seems like they just don’t get it and I frequently wonder if I am expecting to much of them. After all, it has taken me 34 years, and I am still learning. Is it unreasonable to want my 3 and 6 year old to be able to see beyond their own wants and needs?
Perhaps, but I keep at it anyway. Because I know that even if they don’t get it now–even if it is normal for them not to get it now–they will get it eventually, but only if they learn it from me.
And this year I have so much to be thankful for.
I am thankful for my salvation, for a God that through his abundant, merciful, and totally undeserved Amazing Grace, took me back and made me whole. I am thankful for the way he has changed my priorities and challenged me to serve Him and share His story. My prayer at the beginning of the year was for the Lord to change my heart and he has.
I am thankful for my family, for my wonderful husband and my two precious girls. I am thankful for the opportunity to homeschool and for all the time we are able to spend together. I am thankful that aside from a few bumps and bruises here and there and a mild case of asthma, we have all stayed healthy. I am thankful for new milestones–potty training, big girl beds, saying goodbye to the binky, lost teeth, dance class, gymnastics, learning to swim and ride bike, performing in church, and 4 more birthdays.
I am thankful for my extended family too, for the time we spent together last December on our family cruise, for being blessed with a new amazingly wonderful step-mom and step-grandma, for having the chance to spend a week with my sister and niece, and for my beautiful new goddaughter Lydia.
I am thankful that my brother Mark, after a rough year of battle, has been declared cancer-free. I am thankful that my sister-in-law Linda, who is battling leukemia, has found a match for her bone marrow transplant, even though she still has a long road in front of her.
I am thankful for so many friends who have filled our life with richness and joy and inspired me to be better. I am thankful for the many laughs and memories we have shared over the past year, as well as for those who have mentored my kids and loved them as their own.
I am thankful for food on my table and clothes on my back, for a warm bed to sleep in and a lovely house to call home.
I am thankful for financial peace.
I am thankful for this blog–now my only one–and for the opportunity to write down what’s in my heart. And finally I am thankful for you–the readers who come to share this journey with me.
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This year I wanted to come up with some sort of gratitude journal for my own girls fill out, something that was fun for them but also made them think about the blessings they have and how much they have to be thankful for. I thought it would be neat to make one each year, then go back and look at how things change as they get older. I created this printable book called “All the Things I am Thankful For,” and I thought those of you with young kids might enjoy using it as well–it is a great activity to keep them busy before dinner!
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I wish you all a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!Pin It
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