I know that is clichéd but the reality is for those who celebrate it, it really is about being grateful. It’s the one time of the year where you hold all the sour faces would perk up. We know you can’t control everyone and sadly there will be some who are still going to find a way to complain but when I think and look back on this year that is almost over I have to be grateful. Please take a moment to realize your blessings. I know in my family we usually go around the table and tell each other what we are grateful for. Even if that is not what you and your family does, take a moment to acknowledge your blessings. Even if you are dealing with the most lowest part of your life and you feel like you can’t have another thing fall, trust me I have been there take a deep breath and hold on. You are still blessed. There is a lesson in your struggle. You won’t see it if you aren’t open to learning. If you take your eye off the problem and find what is that you aren’t getting that you need for your next phase the answer will reveal itself. Take my word for it. I have been in things I thought no way I would make it. I got calm. I opened my ear and spirit, prayed and the answer came. Refocus your eyes.
One of the recurring themes in our home is that we can do nothing of ourselves but everything together. When it’s just been us 5 we have remained strong in the darkest of hours. I am grateful for all that HE has done for me and my family. I am grateful for my little people who keep me grounded. They are little bundles of joys to be around. They really are a blessing. Even if they work hard to do the opposite of what we ask. They are still our gifts. I was going over the story of the children in Chattanooga and my heart got so heavy. If I got a call that my children were taken from this Earth over some dumb, prideful, irresponsible adult I would be losing it right now. My heart goes out to each and every parent that is dealing with the tragedy of that lost and any loss of a child. The pain is overwhelming I can imagine. I had nothing but tears in my eyes as I hugged and kissed my kids last night. That has to be a hard pill to swallow.
I am grateful for my husband. I have seen him take some amazing stands this year in his life, our relationship and as a father. I can’t even begin to complain about him. He really is a great man. He was so super thoughtful and continues to be even with him dealing with his own tragedy this year. He is still pressing on. I know his mother would be proud of him. She loved him more than anything and that’s not just a statement. As an only child he was her world. And he honored her until her last breath I can surely attest to that. I love you Marques.
I am grateful to my extended family on both sides. I am so blessed for my family wrapping their loving arms around us. They have been such a great support system during all of this year. The ups and downs and all the late calls and texts. You guys are the real MVPs.
To my amaze balls friends you guys rock. To be honest my friends are really just family. The ways that you have stepped up this year and have continued to help us in ways that I couldn’t even imagine. Thank you all!!
Please again count your blessings, name them one by one.