I laid in bed with my husband as we tried to recall some of the highlights of our life together. Then we made it easier by just trying to remember some of the best parts of this year.
“This has been the best year of my life,” I told him. I was getting emotional. We’ve been through a lot, and we’ve had A LOT of good times. But this year, man, it’s been great.
I can’t count how many times this year I’ve been in or near tears, completely overwhelmed with gratitude. And I’ve made it a point to stop, and give thanks in those moments. Recently I’ve started taking it a step further and writing down those little moments I’m grateful for. No matter how small.
A rare request for a kiss from my son, a tweet from a reader telling me she loves my blog, a declaration from my daughter saying I’m the ‘BEST mommy ever!’ I write these little things down every day, and I’ve noticed the difference it makes.
I also use it to write down impactful scriptures and quotes I come across.
As I look around at my family and blessings. I’m so thankful. Here are the first 50 things that came to mind when I think of my gratitude:
My awesome husband
My motivating kids
Our pup Snoop
A career I love
My Patriarchal Blessing
My wide variety of friends
My husband’s loyalty
My blog readers (YOU!)
Clean running water
My family’s health
A warm bed
Advocates for peace and love
I’m celebrating this day of thanks surrounded by so many people, full of so much love and gratitude. Love, hugs and prayers to you and yours!