The holiday season is here and we are getting ready for a Thanksgiving party at my Mother-In-Laws home this weekend. Celebrating this year will be much more special than ever before because we get to bring along our little man! Having a thankful heart is so important, not just during this season but, throughout the entire year and I know that the day to day grind can make us lose focus of that.
I have so much to be thankful for – my loving husband that works so hard to afford us a lifestyle we always knew we wanted for our family; my precious, healthy baby boy – I have never known so much joy before; my parents and in-laws that visit each and every week, helping me with chores or just loving on JR; my sister with the sensitive heart of gold to remind me how to be softer with my emotions; Boo Boo to teach me patience while making me laugh and for getting me out of the house to enjoy warm weather; neighbors and friends for talking to me like an adult (I can only baby talk so long!) and my heavenly father for always hearing and answering my prayers in the most perfect way.
My husband taught me a great lesson in gratitude with just a few simple word choices. When I hear myself saying, “Ugh, I HAVE to…”, I make the choice to change my words to, “Yay, I GET to…” and it makes the biggest difference in the world. The daily struggles we encounter are blessings and lessons and when we start and end each day in a positive way, it makes a difference for everyone around you too. Modeling this attitude of gratitude is the only way our children will learn and follow in our footsteps.
It can be difficult in the moment but, the laundry is a blessing – we have clean clothes and running water, the dishes are a blessing – we had delicious food and won’t go hungry today, dirty diapers are a blessing – my baby is healthy and I get to care for him, paying bills is a blessing – we have the means to provide for our family… I could go on and on. Finding joy and feeling thankful for the most mundane tasks makes the special moments that much better!