Given what has happened with our family, financially over the last 2 years, it could be very hard and it could be a daily struggle to stay thankful.
However, I am thankful for so many things.
I am thankful when I see my girls hold hands as they walk together to their friend's house.
I am thankful when the kids use good manners.
I am thankful for a beautiful 70 degree day in November...
and I am thankful for our struggles.
Yep, I said it!
I am thankful for all of the financial struggles that the past 2 years have brought.
Why, you might ask?
Well, without these struggles, we might never know to be thankful for hands that are held, well said "yes mam's" or a beautiful day.
It is funny how these struggles, these things that can make us so ungrateful, can make you so incredibly grateful, can totally change the way you look at life and what is important in your life and what the Lord tells you is important in your life.
Don't get me wrong, we are still so, so much better off than so many here in this country and certainly all over the world, yet these are our struggles and struggles they are but God has shown me how to be thankful and God has shown me so much of what I have to be thankful for.
I am thankful for this guy...
My dear sweet hubby who loves me for me, with all my craziness and "emotionalness" or should I say "emotional-mess!" LOL! He is having to say "no" to me right now on something that means the world to me and I know how much that is tearing him up inside and I know how much he wants to say "yes" because...
He LOVES me and I am thankful!
I am thankful for my eldest child, Christian
who just tonight told me that he had watched a documentary on teens who had no parents and how thankful he was to have us and how it "moved" him. I was reminded again tonight what a good and kind heart my teenager has, what a responsible nature and deep, deep soul. We had a long talk, a good talk and I am thankful!
I am thankful for my Charlie
who makes me smile just by being in the room and brightens my day, every day and who still (at 11 years old) will come to me for a hug and grab my hand as we walk along, who would rescue every single stray that his momma doesn't (heh). Charlie knows when I need something and is always right there to give it and I am thankful!
I am thankful for my Caleb
who has a heart so large that it really takes my breath away sometimes. Caleb who upon hearing that his oldest brother needed money to pay for something, gave him his last $12 and these days, around here, $12 might as well be $100! Caleb who has also offered to give me all if his money to help bring another child home, "cause I know how expensive it is, Mom and we need to bring another sister home." I am speechless and I am thankful.
I am thankful for my sweet Emmeline
I am thankful for my precious Lizzie
who has changed the course and purpose of my life. My sweet Lizzie who tells me 10 times a day, "I love you Mommie," even when she is struggling. My amazing daughter who inspires my heart and touches my soul every single day, who will, with joy in her heart, give away her last treasure, trusting that there will be more treasures to come. My beautiful Lizzie who refuses to be defined by her fingers and toes but by her heart, makes me thankful!
So, you see, despite the struggles and even because of the struggles, I am incredibly blessed and so very, very thankful. I am fabulously wealthy, beyond what money can buy and I AM THANKFUL!
What are you thankful for?
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