This year I am primarily thankful simply to be here. Life is so short and so precious. I am grateful for each day that I get to spend with my children, being their mother. After some of the things I have been through, and the illness that haunts my day-to-day life, I am constantly reminded that nothing is to be taken for granted. So, that is first and foremost on my mind today. These are some other things that I am thankful for…
I cannot express how grateful I am for God’s presence in my life. I know that I would not be here today without his intervention. Not only that, but God has brought me peace in the middle of nightmares, and the strength to keep fighting everyday, regardless of circumstance. God gives me a beautiful world to enjoy and a wonderful family to experience life with. If you don’t have a closeness with God, I would encourage you to simply talk to him. It doesn’t have to be fancy words. God loves all of us. If you want to live a happier, more fulfilled life, Joyce Meyer has some great advice on everyday living.
I quite simply do not know what I would do without them. My children are my reason for living. My husband says that I am so stubborn that I would fight to survive even if I had never become a mother. And perhaps he is right. But what I know for certain, is that when I struggle the most, it is the thought of those little people who need me the most, that helps me keep going.
I am thankful for my son, Will and his kind and generous heart. I am thankful that he is so responsible and trustworthy. He is wise beyond his years. Even as a baby, people called him “an old soul”. I am thankful he is so intelligent, it will take him far in life. Will is someone that I can always rely on. I am thankful for his love of science and God, and the fact that he doesn’t see any conflict between the two. Teaching him is a joy.
I am thankful for my daughter, Emma, and her character. She is kind and loving. She is absolutely hilarious to be around. She is by far, the funniest person I have ever known. I am thankful for her music and artistic talent. I love to look at the things she creates. I am thankful for her love of nature. Being outdoors with her, is like being outdoors with my former 8-year-old self. LOL!
I am thankful they are both so good to Ella. They never treat her as a burden. She is simply one of them. They are her defenders, protectors, and her playmates.
I am thankful for my little Miss Ella Rose. I am so thankful for the progress that she has made, and continues to make. I am thankful that she is so clever, even when she is ornery. I am thankful for the bond that she has with each of us. I am especially thankful for the bond she has with me. My husband always says to me, “She needs you like she needs air.”
I am thankful that she is stubborn, like her Momma. ;) She has hurdles to cross and she will need my fighting spirit. When she was younger I used to say, “Watch out world, there’s now a red-headed version of me!” And I meant it! She wants to conquer the world. And I believe that someday, she just might.
My husband is my very best friend. I know some people say that. But we truly mean it. We drive each other nuts sometimes. But given the amount of time we spend together, it’s a miracle that we get along as well as we do. We laugh more than any couple I have ever known. And we’ve now been together long enough that we can have entire conversations that I’m sure no one else would begin to understand, full of nicknames and slang terms that nobody else would even begin to “get”. Just the other day we had an entire conversation without saying a word. It was merely a series of looks and laughter that said it all. Later I said, “That’s what happens when you’ve been together over a decade, we don’t even need words to have an entire conversation!” LOL
My parents are my rock. My mother is known by all, for her kindness towards others. My father is the hardest working man I’ve ever known. They are always doing things for others. There are not words for what they have done for me and my family. I can always count on them. I don’t know what I would do without them. And they are the very best grand-parents.
My extended family, while I do not get to see them as often as I would like anymore, I am still grateful for each and every one of them. When I was young I didn’t realize how special my extended family was. I thought the things that they did and the way that they treated each other was just “normal”. It has been with age and experience that I have found that what should be “normal” for all families, is most certainly not. At least not for many. And that is sad. It has caused me to appreciate my family even more.
I am forever grateful for my church family. I know some people say “church family” and they mean it in some bizarre-sounding overly-religious speak, referring to 200 people they go to church with. But for me my church family is a very small group of wonderful people that I quite literally grew up with. It is a small country church. At times I attended other churches (on days when they didn’t have services, etc.) and I have never ever felt the feeling that I had there, anywhere else. They might be a tiny group. But you walk through those doors and you feel the peace of being in a good place. Now that I am unable to attend due to illness, they don’t forget me. They have never forgotten me. And that is really saying something. Because when you aren’t well and you can’t get out and do things with people, often times they do forget you. My church family has never done that. They are good to my kids too. When my children head off to church there, I know they will not be led astray. I can teach them all about God right here, church is not required for that. But there they can see an example of a church of love and caring – an example of what a church group should be. I have been to other churches that weren’t like that. And it’s very important to me that my children see a group of Christians for what they can be. People that truly love and care for others.
I am so thankful for my friends. Friends are the people that stick around when they don’t have to. There is no real obligation. They are simply there because they want to be. And that’s awesome. I appreciate my “real-life” friends who make that effort to keep in touch. That don’t mind what I am, or am not able to do, and still treat me as me.
My blog readers, who have become my friends. I love hearing your thoughts and talking to you. I am so grateful that we “met”!
My MG support group friends – otherwise known as the-people-who-”get-it”. :) There are days when they are the only people in the world with whom I feel that I can relate. Understanding, while simple, can be a beautiful thing.
I am thankful for the caring professionals in this world. Those that I have come in contact with, and especially those who have helped my Ella. And extra special thankfulness for Ella’s speech therapist, Amber. She is awesome!
Nature and Sunshine
I am thankful for nature and all the wonders in it. I am thankful for the balance in life. I am thankful for all the details in the world, the softness of moss under my bare feet, or the feel of a warm summer rain. I am thankful for the squirrels and the chipmunks that I can watch play from my bedroom window, even when I don’t feel able to get out of bed. I am thankful for the turkey vultures that soar overhead, the woodpeckers that pound on the trees, the Carolina Wrens that eat the spiders from outside my windows, and the mallard ducks that come to visit me.
I am thankful for sunshine. It lifts my spirits. I need sunshine. So much so, that my husband teases me that “Debbies are solar powered”.
I am thankful for pets, that bring us so much comfort. From my dogs to my kitties, I love them all so much. They have a way of bringing comfort, without even saying a word. I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it again….. if humans were as honest as dogs, the world would be a much better place.
I am thankful for freedoms. Like the right to bear arms and protect one’s family. The right to vote. The right to educational freedoms, like the ability to choose to homeschool our children. Deciding to homeschool our children has been the very best decision I have ever made in my entire life. I am grateful for the freedom to do it.
The internet, that allows me to keep in touch with others and allows me to have access to tons of information in a moment’s notice. For a social and curious person like me, being able keep in touch with my friends and being able to find information on almost any topic within a matter of minutes, is something I really appreciate.
The digital camera that allows me to capture personal memories for our family and the beauty that God put into nature, and take that beauty back inside with me.
Ella’s iPad which has meant so much to her, educationally (things she has been able to learn), physically (therapy for her fine motor skills), and emotionally (in the sense of accomplishment she gets out of how talented she is with the iPad). And I am grateful for all the other technology that makes our lives easier and better each and everyday.
I am thankful for music. From the music that I grew up hearing as a child… my mother playing the piano, my dear friend Joyce on the piano, my grandmother on the guitar, my grandfather on the fiddle… to the instruments that I played myself, music brings so much emotion and memories. To this day I cannot hear a fiddle without crying, because it makes me miss my Grandpa so very much. The hymns, that bring peace and comfort to an aching soul, the upbeat songs that get me through a day, my daughter singing a song as she bops her way throughout the house, – whatever it may be, music creates a very real response in people. It is an art form that I truly appreciate.
I am thankful for online shopping. Particularly “black Friday” sales, when I am able to take a body that is unable to fight the crowds, a budget that is unable to go very far, and I am able to stretch that out and find things that my children will love, for a fraction of the cost. I am thankful for Amazon in particular, with their great prices and their free shipping.
I know it might sound silly to include that on my list. But I, in financial terms at least, live a simple life. There are no spontaneous shopping trips. No video games “just because”. For the most part, the only times my children receive non-necessities are Christmas and birthdays. My children know what Christmas is all about. I have taught them that Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birthday. I tell them that because we cannot physically hand a gift to Jesus, we give gifts to our loved ones instead. They are great little people. Because they are far from spoiled, they really appreciate the things that they receive. Things are not taken for granted. And I love seeing big smiles on their faces!
Those are some of the things that I feel thankful for today. Thank you for reading along with me!
I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!