With Thanksgiving having just passed, we are inspired to think of the things in our lives that we are most thankful for. Generally when this question is asked, most of us reply with the usual response of: “My family, my house, etc.” But, our challenge to you this year is to stop and think of what, in these trying and difficult times, you are truly thankful for. The things that really make your life worthwhile.
For me, I am thankful for all the lessons I had to learn the hard way, because they made me work to become the kind of person I wanted to be. Instead of bowing down and giving in, I fought and persevered and overcame.
I am thankful that I didn’t have an ideal childhood, because I learned what things really are important to a child, and which ones aren’t. For instance; having a place to call home, put down roots and one where you know you belong is important to a kid. Having more and better toys than anyone else in the neighborhood, really isn’t.
I’m also thankful for the mistakes my parents made, because they gave me the insight of what not to do with my child(ren) when I became a parent myself. I’m thankful that I know the effects of divorce, not just for parents, but for children, because it drove me to choose wisely the person I decided to marry and, more importantly, whom I decided to have children with. I am truly thankful for my husband; for all his hard work and long hours, for being the amazing and wonderful father he is, and for how much he sacrifices himself for us.
Most of all, I’m thankful for life. I’m thankful that it’s long, and hard and sometimes unfair, because it makes me all the more appreciative of the moments when it’s fleeting and fun and wonderful.
I am thankful for my crazy life that brought me to where I am now. I have truly been through it all and come out stronger because of it. I am where I am now because of my past. It has made me who I am and taught me invaluable lessons about life, love, and so much more.
I am thankful that my husband has a good job that affords me the ability to stay home with our two children. I am so lucky to have that time with them and I really do appreciate it every day (even when they drive me nuts!).
I am also so thankful for my friends, who save my sanity more times than I can count! I am so glad to have made such great “mommy friends” this past year and they really mean so much to me. Being a Mom is rewarding, but still challenging and it’s so great to have friends who truly “get” that!
Most of all, I am grateful to my amazing husband for being such a great partner to me and father to our children. I have never been so content with my life before, and now I can truly appreciate it.
Some days I wake up and think “oh man, how am I going to get through this day?” but by the end of the day I get in bed and I am so thankful for everything I have in my life.
I have a wonderful husband who loves me and our children more than anyone else in the world. I have two ridiculously cute children who I love so much. And of course my furry children, my dogs, who make every day a little more hilarious!
I have been blessed in more ways than I can count, and I wish I could celebrate that every day but some days it’s much harder to remember (especially when your children have been screaming all day, you and your husband are at each others throats and the dogs pooped in the house!). So I’m especially thankful for the day of Thanksgiving because at least one day a year I remember to spend the day celebrating all the people around me who make my life awesome!
We are thankful to be able to share and connect with you all as well. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! May you have more and more to be thankful for in the coming year.
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