So here we are on November 16, over halfway through 30 Days of Gratitude. I'm assuming by the number of "thankful for" posts I've been seeing on my Facebook newsfeed that many of you are doing this, or something like it, as well.
Hasn't it blessed you? We've been doing it as a family and it has definitely blessed us!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoy hearing what our kids say they're thankful for each night. They say the most precious things! And they really put some thought into it, too. Our not-even-two year old has contributed every night, which has surprised both my husband and me...even if sometimes she seems to look around and say the first thing that comes to her mind (like teeth, and light), and even if she's said the same thing for the last 5 days...
And our 4 year old has been so enthusiastic about the 30 Days of Gratitude that he says things he's thankful for throughout the day, unprompted, and then at night, when we do it together, he makes sure I write what he says down...right there, right then.
Now my husband and I, on the other hand, seem to get so excited to hear what our kids are thankful for that we sometimes forget to write something down ourselves. That happens a lot as parents, doesn't it?! We get too busy focusing on our kids that we forget about ourselves.
But this is important for us too! In fact, I think it's more important as parents to have a truly grateful heart! No matter how often we have our kids say something they're thankful for, they're probably not going to fully understand the concept unless they see Mommy and Daddy showing honest gratitude.
And as adults, parent or not, I think it's so easy to get caught up in the things around us and lose sight of all that we've been blessed with. We complain, we worry, we work hard for bigger and better things, and we forget that our God has already given us everything we need and more.
So today, among many other things, I am thankful that God provides. And I'm thankful for the privilege, honor, and responsibility of being a parent to two beautiful children. I pray that I can show them what it looks like to have a thankful heart and that I can instill gratitude in them.
I am also grateful to be back on the internet today and sharing my heart again; it's been too long! Have a great weekend!