On Monday of this week, I posted an introduction to a series I'm participating in with Little Dove and other bloggers about #SimplifyingTheSeason. The main purpose of this series is a reminder to refocus and simplify the holidays It's so easy to become immersed in all the activities going on that it's equally as easy to forget the reason we celebrate in the first place. I'm definitely not perfect at this and I have to remind myself regularly to just stop and take a step back.
And that's why I like sharing what I'm thankful for. To remind myself of all the good there is in my life, so I can look back on it during hard times and remember. You'll probably find some of the same things on this list that were on the list last year, but hey, I'm still grateful for them so they're on the list again!
--I am grateful for my loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. "Oh, it is wonderful that He should care for me, enough to die for me. Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me." (I Stand All Amazed, Hymns, 1985, no.193)
--I am thankful for my family, both immediate and extended. Some of my most cherished relationships are with the members of my family. They are there for me to lean on, to talk to, to cry with and to rejoice with.
--I am so thankful for my husband. He is a rock. He is supportive and loving and patient. When I told him a little over a year ago that I wanted to start a blog, he was right there with me. When I need help with the kids because we've had a rough day, he jumps in and makes us laugh. He is a wonderful father to our children and someone they are proud to look up to, as am I.
--I am thankful for my children. They love me on the best of days and the worst of days. They teach me patience and kindness. My kids are the best of friends and it makes my heart want to burst sometimes when I look at them.
--I am grateful for my friends, both those I've met in person and those who have become my friends through blogging and I've never actually met. They have been there when I needed a shoulder to cry on, a word of encouragement or to jump for joy with me. I treasure them and keep them close to my heart.
--I am thankful for my body and my ability to get up out of bed in the morning, go to dance class, play with my kids on the floor or chase them outside.
--I am so grateful for my freedom and for those who fight to protect it and the freedom of others.
--Lastly, I am thankful for YOU! The last year has been crazy and fun and hard and amazing and you've been there with me. Thank you for coming to my little part of the internet and reading my posts and leaving me comments. It means so much to me.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you get to spend it with those you love.