Thankful has been my word these past few years. So much so that Hobby Lobby has profited from my obsession with it which is now freestanding above my kitchen cabinets and is a plaque hanging in my living room! Our family was blessed to adopt a sweet little girl through foster care in July. We could not be more thankful for this precious addition to our family. It was a roller coaster of emotions, of waiting, of frustration, of grace, of laughter, of tears, of ‘what are we thinking,’ and more.
I recently read “don’t take life for granted, but rather, take it with gratitude.” I can get stuck dwelling on the frustrations, the irritations and the seemingly endless demands of motherhood. But let’s face it, it’s because of these little ones that we can even be called “Mommy.” This is enough.
We are mothers. Whether our children came to us through our bodies or grew in another woman’s womb to be born in our hearts, we are to be thankful. Thankful for the opportunity to raise adults to grow and thrive in a world that could use some more good. Thankful for the child who throws up in the night because we are guaranteed more snuggles the next day. Thankful for the child who argues because they have a mind of their own to process and think for themselves (and someday that could lead to a great job as a lawyer and you will be well taken care of!) Thankful for the child who will not stop tapping because music is a beautiful thing! Thankful for the messes, ladies, be thankful for the messes. There will come a day when your hallways will not be strewn with lethal Legos for midnight tuck-ins and you will miss it. So if we end up a bit hunched in the shoulders because we picked up after them more than we should, let’s be thankful for that, too! Be thankful that kids are so incredibly forgiving! When we are humble and admit our mistakes, they love us unconditionally and try to make us feel better for messing up! If only we could be that kind to ourselves!
As this season of giving thanks is upon us, please remember to take your life with gratitude. Say thank you more often, write a quick note to someone who often goes unnoticed, thank your family for being awesome, and, always thank the Lord for being blessed to be a mommy. Here’s to living full of thanks.