What are You Thankful for This Year?

Full Article@   http://www.milehighmamas.com/2011/11/18/a-recipe-for-giving-thanks/

The Challenge in Thankfulness

It’s actually one of the things I find most difficult about life. Not the viewpoint of optimism or explicit goodness, I want to aim for that. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control ~ all sound like nice ideals. BUT, to rejoice in the face of persecution, pain, suffering, death…a little more difficult I’d say; maybe rather irrational in the obvious. Yet, it is that we are to be joyful in our sufferings…

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

There are days in which I go so far as to complain of the very graces that have been placed in my life. In this season of Thanksgiving, I pause to see the beauty in the gift of motherhood I have been so generously given and to reflect upon the simplest of life’s joys.


  • The gentle breaths of a sleeping child
  • A heartfelt giggle interrupting the seriousness of life
  • The glow of my baby’s bedroom with the sunrise
  • Tiny footsteps in the hallway at night
  • Carrying a sleeping baby back to her own bed – because one day I won’t be able to
  • Screaming babies in the car – because that means they’re breathing, alive and well
  • Unmatched outfits, tousled hair and temporary tattoos on the forehead – uninhibited      imagination
  • Inaudibly mumbled prayers, lengthy, but wholly sincere
  • Deep scratches on our *new* dining room table – artwork from a passing phase
  • That the phase of home interior artwork does soon pass and all is not permanent
  • A sassy response or stubborn gesture – a strong will developing
  • That I am not the most significant force in shaping that little will
  • Reading a book three times consecutively – every night
  • Hearing the words of that book repeated as chubby hands flip the pages
  • Puzzle pieces in my shoes
  • Bite marks in my chapstick
  • Tears over dropped candy
  • The smile that dirty, germ infested sweets can bring despite parental scorn
  • Honest and unbiased thoughts of the world all around
  • Looking into small eyes reflecting a mommy I could only wish to be
  • The continual, unconditional, undeserved total and complete love my children give to me each day

Timeless Traditions

Thankfulness is a timeless virtue – a tradition to surpass the limitations of a single, annual holiday and fill our every day with total, senseless exultation over even the smallest, most overlooked blessings in our lives. There are many things in which we have no control, several that we best not have sway in; there are things we can change and those we can not – one of the greatest gifts being the ability to recognize the difference. This year, I challenge myself, as a mother and as a member of humanity, to intentionally rejoice, make the very best of the moments I have and give thanks for the refinement in my spirit, regardless of the initial disdain I may feel. I hope to remember to pause and with soft, rose colored lenses, take a long look at the world all around…with a thankful heart.




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