In Thanksgiving

It’s not that I haven’t felt thankful.  But I am in a funk.  The holidays, the lack of sleep, the never-ending to-do list, the cleaning and laundry that I can’t seem to get a grip on, the emotions that vary from minute to minute.  Exhausting.  But today I choose to look back at this month and give thanks.  Because I need to keep my focus and because I am blessed beyond what I deserve.

::For the sparkling frost on the grass and leaves in the morning.

::For the ability to exercise.

::For a girl who appreciates beauty in the little things.

::For belonging to a church that was created by Jesus himself.

::For a family, immediate and extended, that would drop everything to do anything for us.

::For leisure evenings spent in conversations with great friends….hours of conversation, never running out of things to talk about, and still feeling like the time was too short.

::For sleep, no matter how much or how little.

::For our 8-year-old choosing of his own free will to say an entire rosary while kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, and the chance to be close enough to watch in awe.

::For the support of family and friends in more ways than imaginable.

::For fresh air in our lungs, time to explore God’s masterpiece, and to draw our memories.


::For feeling rich in the midst of being poor.

::For a praying husband.

::For a boy who loves to read great books, not “junky ones” and knows the difference.

::For joy-filled faith, even in the midst of suffering.

::For the permanent memorial at our church in honor of our little angel.

::For the generosity of friends, family, neighbors, and complete strangers.

::For slow moving mornings of learning and growing together.

::For a freezer and pantry full of provisions.

::For a house to clean, food to cook, clothes to wash, kids to teach, a husband to lean on, and so much more.

::For hope.

“This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.” 
 Psalm 118: 24
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

1 Comment

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    This is beautiful ,Maria. Blessings to you and your sweet family.

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