One of my favorite parts about fall and November is the reminder of all that I have to be thankful for. Every year, the kids and I enjoy different activities and crafts to celebrate this season of giving thanks and while I am grateful for the extra emphasis on thanksgiving this time of the year, my desire is that we learn to be a family who gives thanks every moment of every day. I was also once again reminded how easy it is for me to complain and grumble about the very things that I am most grateful for.
I’m thankful for a large, warm home – but do I really need to clean the bathrooms again, sweep, and mop the kitchen floors again.
I’m thankful that our kiddos have been blessed with many books, toys, crafts and dress-up – but really, when will they learn to pick up after themselves so that I don’t have to be the one picking up their messes, again.
I’m thankful that we are able to eat 3 meals every day (plus snacks) – but finding the time to make all of the meals, snacks and also clean up from breakfast, lunch and dinner; well, I’m not always so thankful for that part … and then there is the dishes.
I’m thankful that we all have clothes to wear – but seriously, wasn’t I just caught up with the laundry yesterday and yet somehow there are 2 more loads today.
I’m thankful that God has provided my husband with a wonderful job so that I can stay at home – but another late night or another business trip … not always so thankful.
I’m thankful for my 5 wonderful kiddos – but could they maybe fight less, stop whining/crying, lower the noise level just a little, and maybe, just once allow me to use the bathroom alone.
I’m thankful that my baby girl loves me and loves to snuggle – but could she maybe be just a little less attached to my hip.
I could keep on going, but you get the idea. Oh, how I desire to grow in being filled with joy, every moment of every day amidst the mundane, tedious moments. I’m well aware that part of being a mom is having everything you do get un-done and I pray that in those moments my joy would increase.
My prayer is that I would grow in giving thanks, especially in those moments when I am tempted to grumble, complain and become exasperated. I pray that peace and thankfulness would reign over our home.
And now … time to get back to our Thankful Turkey Craft!