A while ago I read the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. And what a read it was. It talks about being thankful, thanking God for everything, all the time. And also a dare to live fully right where you are.
This is something I definitely need to remember. Among the chaos of my life (a lot of this is my doing– I always need to be busy. I could go on and on, so I will leave this for another day), it’s not easy to be thankful. This book was a reminder for me to slow down, look at all the beautiful things that surround me:
- the way my kids laugh when they dance
- the way it smells outside when it rains
- sitting on porch at night playing cribbage with my hubby while the kids are (hopefully) asleep
- the way the baby imitates her sisters by saying, “Ouch, ouch, ooouch!” while I brush her hair
When things get crazy, and they will, I need to gently remind myself to slow down, look at all the blessings in my life, and breathe.