Today I am going to get a little serious. I have always been a "glass is half full" kind of girl. I try to always look on the bright side of things and it takes a lot to get me down. Even before I had my 4th child, when I had a miscarriage and a tubal pregnancy within a few months of each other, I was thankful that I had 3 healthy children. There are many that cannot have any, so I felt blessed to have three.
I have always been thankful for my wonderful husband. Everytime I asked him if we could have "just one more" baby, he agreed each time, knowing I really wanted another. He makes me laugh and learn how to let go of things. He is a real manly guy. He is very tall, handsome and would not be caught dead wearing pink. He is a hard worker and very determined. He is one of the most generous people I know, and every day I fall more and more in love with him.
I am thankful for all 4 of my kids. Who knew your kids could all be so different. They are different in so many ways, they make me proud and make me laugh and cry. They are all healthy, loving, smart kids and I love each and every one of them. Each day is a wonderful adventure.
I am thankful that my parents are still around. My kids adore their grandma and poppy and they love their grandkids. Dad is always around to pitch in a helping hand, especially when something breaks and my mom is always there to make chicken soup or just be there wherever, whenever you need her.
I have often said, especially lately, how grateful I am for what I have. If this is all I am meant to have in life, I am okay with that. I know many people who are always waiting to attain that next big thing. That bigger house, nicer car, higher paying job, the list goes on and on. I feel sorry for those people, I think they miss out on being happy. They miss out on the joys of everyday life.
I love my house, sure for some it seems small, but I have always loved it and still do today. I love my mini van, it is a very dependable car, I am so glad we spent a little more up front for something that will last a very long time. Most importantly, it will be paid off in a couple of months. And that makes me like it even more. Are they the biggest or the best? No, but they are mine.
Not everyone has the same. Some may have more than you and some may have less than you. But that is okay. Think of how boring it would be without diversity. In this day and age, people are being forced to rethink some things. They are spending more time at home, cooking more meals at home and spending time together as a family. That is a good thing.
I have always said that no matter how much or how little you have, there are always people that wish they could be in your shoes. Maybe they can't have kids, maybe they have so much debt it keeps them up at night. Maybe they don't have a loving relationship with their husband. Maybe their child is sick. Maybe they have just lost their source of income. Or maybe they simply love your outlook on life and wish that they too could be content with what they have.
Sometimes the things we think of as a "bad" thing, causes us to be the most creative.
I am very content. Life is good. I wouldn't trade my family and my relationships for all the money in the world.
This links to Gratituesday and Finer Things Friday