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10 simple things I’m grateful for

“Sometimes the little things in life mean the most.”― Ellen Hopkins

One day last week I came home from work, I had picked the girls up from their after school program, and I was doing my usual evening balancing act. I was helping with homework, cooking dinner, and trying to pick up a few things around the house from our usual morning tsunami. I had run up and down the stairs a few times, the girls were crying about homework, and it seems as soon as I would get back downstairs I would have something I needed to run upstair for and vice versa. I was quite at my wits end. I sat down for a second to complain and feel sorry for myself. At that moment, I began to think about how blessed I was and how I remember when we had no stairs to run up and down when we first got married and lived in a small one-bedroom apartment and shared a room with our daughter. I remembered the time I was unemployed and wished I had a job to come home tired from. I remembered the mothers who had lost children and yearned to hear them cry and complain again. I remembered all of those things and my attitude changed.

I began to think about the many times we take the simple things for granted. We become comfortable in our daily operations and take many blessings for granted that may seem simple but are huge if we were forced to live without them. Some small simple things seem small to us, but in reality they are big things for other people and for those things I am extremely grateful.

Here are 10 simple things I’m grateful for:

1. Being Tired.

I’m grateful for being tired some mornings because this means I stayed up late spending time with my husband or working on something I love.

2.Stretch Marks.

I’m grateful for my stretch marks because these are my scars of being a mother while some women can’t bear children.

3. Getting Fired.

I’m grateful I was fired that one time, if not I would have never found my purpose.

4. Overspending.

I’m grateful I spent too much at the grocery store. This means I had a little extra to spend feeding our family, and we bought things we would enjoy.

5. Student Loans.

I’m grateful for my mounds of student loans; it means I was blessed enough to have access to a good education.

6. Loud bangs and booms over my head.

I’m grateful for the loud laughter and the little feet that run above my head. It means my children are happy and healthy.

7. Mounds of Laundry.

I’m grateful for the pile and piles of laundry for it means we are blessed with plenty of clothes to wear.

8. Disagreements.

I’m grateful for disagreements for they made me stronger and helped me to love harder.

9. A full hard drive & low iPhone storage.

My storage is always low! I’m grateful for it means my phone and computer are filled with memories of the ones I love.

10. Not enough seats at our table this Thanksgiving.

I’m grateful our love ones will surround us.

11. Bonus (This space is for you…yes YOU) Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re grateful for.

“Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends, etc.). Each day give thanks for the gift of life.You are blessed.”― Pablo

Feeling pretty crafty-creating Thanksgiving arts & crafts at home

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One thing I love to do with my girls at home are arts & crafts, it’s a great way to spend time together and brings out my inner childlike creativity. I can’t wait to do more with them!

Two nuggets I learned from my oldest daughter while doing our crafts.

1. Perfect is boring. She told me this 5 times! My interpretation, don’t spend so much time on making sure the lines are straight, the real beauty is in the creativity.

2. Make it your own. After we finished making our turkeys, they wanted to draw on them and make the turkeys their own. The perfectionist in me said, “no leave them as they are”! My oldest daughter said in art it’s ok to make it your own. She gave her turkey a heart. (This made me smile)

I hope this craft fosters great family moment’s in your household this Thanksgiving!

Paper Plate Turkey

Supplies

2 Paper Plates

Scissors

Stapler

A pack of Construction paper (red, brown, green, orange, yellow, white)

Glue Stick

Crayons or Markers

Click here to download my turkey craft traceable

Directions

First, take one paper plate and measure a sheet of brown construction paper over it. Cut the construction paper in the shape of the plate. Then, staple the brown circle to the paper plate. Take the second paper plate (you can also use a small paper plate) measure it with a large can or circular object and cut the plate into a small circle for the turkey’s head. Take another piece of construction paper and cover the smaller plate as before. Staple the paper to the plate.

Next, (use the guide provided, if needed) cut six feathers using multiple colors. Use the glue stick and stick the feathers between the paper plate and the construction paper. Next cut out two small circles, beak, wattle (my oldest taught me that term), wings, and feet. Glue them all to the turkey.

Finally, let your child decorate the turkey or write things they are thankful for on the craft.

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Have fun!

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I wish thanksgiving was everyday!

Dressing— my maternal grandmothers sweet potato pie–my paternal grandmothers homemade rolls–my aunts mac-n-cheese–greens–my moms pound cake–yes I’m HUNGRY!  I love all of these items dearly….believe me! BUT these reasons aren’t nearly close to why I love thanksgiving. For me the best part of thanksgiving isn’t about food but family and a day of gratefulness. My family has a tradition as many people do on thanksgiving, we go around a circle and tell what we are grateful for. Last week at bible study we learned about living with a spirit of thanksgiving aka”thanksliving”. How great would each day be if we treated it as if it were thanksgiving, not by serving a gigantic 10-course meal (that would be crazy), but if we dedicated some time out of each day to be grateful, specifically write down or speak what we are grateful for, to give thanks when we feel a complaint about to leave our lips, and making extra time for the ones we love.

Let’s strive to live everyday with a spirit of thanksgiving and a grateful heart , and let’s be diligent about sharing these grateful habits with our children in hopes of raising a grateful generation.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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1 Thessalonians 5:18  in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.