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Finding The Happy in This Thanksgiving

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It may seem like to some that there isn’t a lot to be thankful for today. 2020 has been one heck of a year and 2021 doesn’t seem to be looking any better. We can’t control any of that. We can only control our own hearts and minds. It is really easy to get caught up in all the negativity and allow it to consume us. Dislike for a certain president may have consumed the last four years making them years of hatred and anger. Dislike for a certain possible future president may fill you with anxiety and fear. We choose how we feel and what we allow to affect us. All we can control is ourselves.

Luckily we have the choice of peace… in Jesus. We can let all THAT go and lean into the ONE who saved us. We cannot forget the reason we even have breath and with that breath we can choose to give praise and thanks TODAY! One thing I work really hard to do during this current season is to focus on all the things in my life that are blessings.. from the smallest things like a working heater to big things like my husbands job. Focusing on what God has already blessed me with overwhelms me with thankfulness.

We already homeschooled before the shutting down of schools so nothing new for us. I am so thankful that we already homeschooled and my kids daily life stayed the same. I love being with my kids and being a part of their entire day. Every moment is precious and a huge cause for thankfulness.

These two have a difficult relationship but God is constantly working in them in the small moments. I have such high hopes for their relationship and I get glimpses of that hope in moments like these. These two cuddling in the same bed this close is a HUGE deal and pretty rare. It is happening more and more as they grow. This is worthy of thankfulness.

Kitty cats and frogs.. enough said on the thankfulness scale there.

I mean.. those faces!

These two have such a special bond. Nine years fall between them and it is because of that age gap that their relationship is so special. Henry has the hardest time sleeping at night and feeling safe. Kailie has a queen size bed and one night let Henry cuddle up with her when he was having a hard night and he never left. For a teenager to share her space with her five year old brother is a huge deal. Ever since then Henry rarely wakes up and hardly has any rough nights. He feels safe with her and their relationship deepened. The special love they share can only come from God and I am thankful for their sweet bond.

Ok- then there is THIS guy. My match made in heaven.. my soul mate.. my best friend. I always dreamed of ending up with a guy like him and God delivered. Brian is the most patient and selfless man. He is so funny and brings such joy and happiness to my day. I cherish every moment with him. He has never raised his voice to me, made me feel small, or hurt me in any way. He supports and encourages me and always makes me feel wanted, loved, and appreciated. I can be a lot to handle and he never makes me feel like it. Words can never describe how much I love this man and how thankful I am for him, our marriage, our family and our life.

Focus today on what you are thankful for and let the rest go. Leave 2020 outside with it’s mask on and no pumpkin pie and shut and lock the door. BE THANKFUL!

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