“Be thankful for hard times in your life. Try not to look at them as bad things, but as opportunities to grow and learn.”
This quote caught my eye and I think helps place those difficult moments into perspective. I am thankful for my wonderful family, friends near and far, good health, knowledge, hope and magic.
It is difficult at times to appreciate those moments that get you down. When your child is screaming at you that you do not care about her. When your child hits you because you said no. With reflection, I must be grateful for those times. I am grateful that I and my children are here to suffer through those parenting difficulties. I am thankful that my husband and I each have our own mind with our own ideas, beliefs, and thoughts. Even if that creates slight disagreements. I am grateful for their love.
I am very thankful for the good health of some loved ones who have waged war against cancer. My dad just had another scope and got a good bill of health. He will continue to have scopes and the treatments as bladder cancer's rate of reoccurence is pretty high. I'm thankful our friend Laura battled breast cancer and won. She did so with grace and bravery.
I am unsure if I can even put into words how awesome it is to own our first home. Sure, there are some things we need to unpack yet and projects aplenty, but that is what makes it fun, right? Every few days or so, my husband looks at me with this magnificent grin and tells me he loves our house. The joys and pains of homeownership are still being enjoyed here.
Magic is in our lives each and every day, from the twinkle in my children's eye to the freshly fallen snow reflecting the bright sun. I am so very thankful for that as well.