A Reminder of All There Is to be Thankful For

turkey dinner

So this is clearly NOT what my Thanksgiving Dinner looks like, but one can dream.

As mothers, sometimes it’s easy to let life overwhelm us. I am guilty of getting so wrapped up in our jam packed schedules that I forget to just stop and take in all that I have to be thankful for. With Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, it’s a good reminder for all of us moms to stop and recognize how much we have to be thankful for.

It’s so easy to focus on the negativity and stress in our lives, even when there is far more positive things happening. Why is that? I think sometimes moms become so concerned about everything being ‘perfect’, that they end up using their energy thinking and worrying about everything that is not going as planned. And seriously, I don’t know any mom who has any extra energy to be wasting. When we focus on everything that we are not happy about, we overlook all the amazing things that make life worth living.

There are many moms out there that are experiencing unthinkable hardships, and dealing with very difficult circumstances. And I recognize that there are many situations that may seem impossible to feel thankful for much of anything. For most of us, we are lucky that this is not the case. When I think of some of the families this Thanksgiving that may feel like they have little to be thankful for, I remind myself how lucky I am.

When I stress about schedules and loads of laundry waiting to be washed, I remind myself how blessed I am to have such petty worries. When I am consumed with frustration and lacking in patience, I stop to listen to those amazing belly laughs and watch those precious moments that only happen once. I wish I never felt stressed or frustrated, but the fact of the matter is that it comes with the territory. It’s being able to take a step back and still be thankful for our blessings despite all of life’s ups and downs.

To all the moms who’ve ever got so wrapped up in life, they’ve forgotten to recognize all they have to be thankful, you’re not alone. This Thanksgiving I will forget about the schedules and all the challenges put in my way. Instead, I will focus on those great smiles on my kids faces and amazing laughs. I will embrace life’s little moments that we often pass by in all the busyness of the day. I will acknowledge all the wonderful love and support I have in my life.  I will be thankful for all of my blessings. I will be a mom who is thankful for my life, and everyone in it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. Our lesson in church today was on being grateful. I agree, if we can just focus on that, our lives will seem so much easier, even though in reality, they probably won’t be. 🙂