The other night I was explaining to Callie that Thanksgiving was coming up and we had a discussion about what we were thankful for. I told her about how I was thankful for having food to eat and a house to live in and how we live in a peaceful country. I guess I was trying to point out the many things we can take for granted in our daily life.
|I'm thankful for the love and joy my family brings.|
I think sister gets it.
|I'm thankful I get to be their mom.|
|I'm thankful for the small things.|
|I'm thankful for the everyday memoires we are making.|
Blogging our life stories over the past couple of years has really forced me to look for the good and see the joy in the simple, everyday things. We live in a time where complaining is like a national past time. It's right up there with discussing the weather. We complain about our weight, our spouses, our jobs, our homes, what we don't have or how we would have done it differently. And when I sit down to look at the pictures I took of the girls I try to weed out all the complaining and write about the good.
|I am thankful for peaceful sleeping girls.|
Like all things in life there has to be some kind of balance. And I struggle with where the line is between hoping and dreaming and wanting for more and being thankful and grateful for what I have. I am thankful for our home, the fact that we have a roof over our heads to keep us warm in the winter and a safe haven to greet us at the end of our day. But in the next breath I wish we had a fireplace, drywall, new windows, deck, siding and a beautifully landscaped yard.
When does wishing for more become complaining and ungrateful sounding? I don't know the answer to this but the way I balance it in my mind is with a bible verse or the Bryds song... whichever you prefer.
We all have so much to be thankful for. Some days the blessing are big and noticeable and all wrapped up in pretty paper and other days we need to wipe away the dirt and use a magnifying glass to see them. I guess the balance is in being thankful despite the size and packaging. Happy Thanksgiving.