Thankful for the small things

With all the hardships, stress, and uncertainty caused by the current pandemic, it’s nice to find small things to be thankful for. Whether we may be stuck at home or be hanging by a thread as we head to another essential work day, where others are depending on us, all around us are small miracles. We shouldn’t let those escape our notice, for it’s those little miracles that keep us going through all the hard times.

Small things I’m thankful for:

The forced quiet time at home that’s given me time to catch up on reading and reconnect with my creative side.

The Saturday board games with the family and my daughter’s boyfriend, where we’re all having fun and enjoying each other’s company.

The world may be stressful, but think of the small things you’re thankful for right now and let that bring a smile to your face.

I’d love to hear in the comments what small things you’re thankful for.

Thankfulness and Greed of Thanksgiving

Turkey Wreath

It has amazed me these last few years how greed seems to be taking over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Many retail stores, in an attempt to get a few extra dollars, are now open on Thanksgiving to entice people to shop earlier and earlier. I’ve always felt bad for the grocery store and gas station workers that are stuck working the holiday, but now to have retail workers in the same boat seems ridiculous to me. What’s doubly ridiculous is that people will “camp out” in lines to shop on Thanksgiving, rather than spend it with their families, which only encourages the retailers to open earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving.

I do realize that money is tight and people are trying to get the best deals, but why the need to chase those deals on a day where we should be thankful for what we have and not be greedy to get more? Can’t the shopping wait, even for just a day, so that everyone can spend Thanksgiving with their families?

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, even though I’m not technically that old, but I’d rather be home enjoying my family on Thanksgiving, and not spending time in a store. The fun part of Black Friday, for me, was meeting up with my sister to go from store to store and pickup the small goodies they would pass out at the door (snow globe anyone?) and enjoy the shopping together. On this Thanksgiving day, I will choose to be thankful for all the little things: family, health, employment, and having more than enough.

I really hope that retailers will return to their senses and stay closed on Thanksgiving so that their employees can enjoy the holiday with their families. I hope shoppers will remember to be thankful on this day and not just chase the next deal.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

A seed becomes a sapling

My daughter, who is inherently a planner, dreamer, and organizer, was home sick from school today. After she had rested for a while and was feeling a bit better, she was reading her Bible and underlining stuff in it. She later came and told me that because she’s always trying to decide what to do about money, she decided to see what her Bible had to say about money (she’s a preteen and always trying to decide what to spend her allowance on). I loved to hear that she made the choice to go to her Bible for instruction. It shows that the small seed that’s been planted by my husband and I is become a sapling that will one day grow into a strong tree of faith.

It is my prayer that as the teen and college years come and go, she continues to seek first God’s instruction and wisdom. I know that if she can keep on that path, she can avoid many of the pitfalls and heartaches that the world’s advice will give her.

Hero to zero in the same afternoon

Life always has ups its and downs.

Today, my husband and I agreed to help out a girl at my daughter’s school by having her life with us temporarily…hero! (At least in her family’s eyes; though I’m not mentioning it as a way to toot my own horn.)

Then, just a few short hours later I’m scrambling to fill out a science fair application for my daughter, which is due tomorrow, only to discover they want much more than her name and address. There’s no way to get all the info together in one evening. Disappointing my daughter…zero!

Though she was actually sad about not participating in the science fair, I'm sure she'll be mad on other days when I find a way to be a zero again. ;-)
Though she was actually sad about not participating in the science fair, I’m sure she’ll be mad on other days when I find a way to be a zero again. 😉

Today You’ll Find Me At…

HOME! What’s wrong with retailers these days? Are you kidding me!? Opening at 9 pm on Thanksgiving or midnight on Friday. Why can’t they stay closed on Thanksgiving, open at normal hours on Friday, and let their employees enjoy Thanksgiving with their families?

I’m sure they won’t miss my shopping dollars today, seeing as how there are other shoppers that were willing to miss Thanksgiving with their families and camp out at the stores.

It’s a shame that so many people are willing to skip right over Thanksgiving and head straight into the commercialization of Christmas.

Today, I’m at home, spending precious time with my kids, decorating our tree, and baking some cookies.

What about you? Are you crazy for all the early morning deals or do you prefer to relax at home and enjoy family?

I’m Thankful For…

Family and friends and a day off to spend with them. Over the years, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday of the year. It’s the only holiday that is based solely on giving thanks to God for all his provisions and grace. I know that, for me, I get too busy with regular life to really stop and thank God for all that I have. This is a day for slowing down and really reflecting on all that I have been blessed with.

I hope that the lure of Black Friday does not overshadow your Thanksgiving and that you take time to reflect and thank God for all things, big and small, in your life. I pray that you don’t skip over this day and you count all your blessings.

God bless!