23 November 2011

Giving Thanks. Real thanks.

Yep, it's that time of year when we all spill our guts about how thankful we are for things. Seems silly that some of us need a "reminder" day to really think about how grateful we are for the blessings in our lives - but not me. I really do think about how thankful I am every single day. My Husband and I pray daily, we don't just pray for things we want. But talk to our Heavenly Father about how grateful we are for the wonderful things we have, and the blessings that we get to enjoy - however small. I think it's so so important to constantly acknowledge the good things in life.

But what I don't do nearly enough of, is publicly express my gratitude. And of course, this is a time when a blogger like myself remembers to write it all down! So thank you Thanksgiving, for reminding me to speak my gratitude out loud! :-)

I am grateful for so many things.  Especially now. This past month or so has been filled with sadness, stress, misery, anger, and so many other negative emotions (rightfully so). But through all of that, I am still thankful.

Of course, for the little things I enjoy like food, electricity, electronics, my car, movies... etc.

But more importantly I'm grateful for...

My Heavenly Father
My faith
My Husband
My beautiful son
My 2nd little boy growing inside my belly
My family
My business
My home
My friends 
My freedoms and my country
My right to vote

And also, I've been thinking a lot about the things I'm grateful for that I take for granted, the things that most people don't think about that often. I'm thankful for the mistakes I've made because they allow me to grow and perfect myself. I'm thankful for my accomplishments. They remind me that I can do important things, good things... if I put my mind to it. I'm grateful for the hard times, because it's through the challenges that I learn about who I truly am... and who I want to be. It's the difficult phases in life that show me the real purpose I'm here. I'm thankful for my morals. I have high standards so that I can be the happiest possible me. And I am so thankful that I can stick to my morals and beliefs without reservation. I'm thankful for the right to choose my attitude, I know that my attitude and perspective is one of the only things I have real control over.

Most of all, I'm grateful for my life. I'm blessed to be here. I know that I will go through sadness and there will be times I'm angry, frustrated and just plain sick of life. But I'm lucky to have the opportunity to be here, to live and to learn, to love and to enjoy this time I've been given. As cheesy as this all sounds, we have been chosen to live this life, to make the best of it, and be grateful for every single thing we're given, even when we're faced with trials.

Whew. Okay, got those incredibly deep thoughts out of my head. Now... It's time to enjoy the holiday with family and eat lots of food!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Kiara Buechler said...

Very nice post!  You are so very positive, that is a really blessing to have an outlook like that.  I am thankful that I have a wonderful friend like you in my life!

Teresa Miranda said...

Blessed be.
Happy Thanksgiving to your and your loved ones.

Rebecca Bowden said...

VERY well put and I appreciate the fresh outlook on Thanksgiving. Thank YOU!

Sara @ 3 Men and a Mommy said...

great things to be thankful for! happy thanksgiving!! :)

Jessica Pugliese said...

Happy Thanksgiving Mandy! 

Mandy Stribling said...

Awee, love this post! I wish I was as brave as you are to just put it out there. I need to do that more. Thanks for inspiring me. Have a wonderful thanksgiving! And you deserve it! Many prayers still going up to your sister and family.

luisa rodriguez said...

Beautiful. I loved this post. 

"I'm thankful for the mistakes I've made because they allow me to grow and perfect myself. I'm thankful for my accomplishments. They remind me that I can do important things, good things... if I put my mind to it." 

I can totally relate. Sometimes it's pretty hard to see the silver lining, but mistakes are part of life and we learn so much from them.. and i love it that you said you're grateful for your mistakes: it means you've learned from them, instead of making the same mistakes over and over again, always blaming somebody else for it. I've been thinking about that a lot lately. I guess when we show God we are sorry and we learned our lesson, He blesses us with something great that could only happen because of it.

Happy thanksgiving!  

thanks... giving (come visit! :P)

melissa rohr said...

love this mandy - happy thanksgiving from our family to yours! i am totally thankful to have a lady like you in my life! and for some amazing wedding photos :)

Summer Crosbie said...

Happy Thanksgiving Mama! 

Heather Kale said...

A great post on what your thankful for! It's nice reading these kinda post. I hope you and your three boys hehe had a wonderful thanksgiving!!!

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