Today I am thinking about gratitude. I get frustrated. Being a Mom is hard work. There are days when I think that I was not cut out to be a mom. There are days when I love my kids, but I kind of don't like them. There are days when I think that I am going to lose my voice because I have had to yell, a lot. And then there are days that I am just plain...worn...out. And then I think of the simple things that I am grateful for and am reminded how blessed I am. I am grateful for a loving husband and father to my children. I am grateful for children who kiss me goodnight. I am grateful for simple little things that I take for granted each day.
I am grateful to wake up to this little smiling face each morning.
Peaceful sleeping children who melt my heart. I still check on each of my kids each night before I go to bed to make sure they are okay.
Food to eat. It saddens me to know that there are so many who go without a meal each day. I know of one elementary school in our district that had a 25% increase in requests for free lunches. I am not sure about the other schools, but it does make me wonder. My heart aches when I think of children whose only meal will come from being at school that day.
And even this:
Kids who insist on putting back a box of food that is empty. ("Mom, it isn't all gone!!") Because I know one day, when the house is quiet, and my husband and I are sitting alone at the breakfast table that we will say "Remember the days when..."
I have a new challenge to myself. How can I be more grateful? How can I express more gratitude to my children? How can I express gratitude to my husband? How can I be more grateful to those around me? It can be as simple as a kind gesture or kind word. It can be more time on my knees when I pray to my Heavenly Father. President James E. Faust said that "A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness". I am not sure I can attain greatness on this earth, but I am at least going to put forth the effort.
And yes, that is boxed cereal, and Cookie Crunch at that. Some days it is okay to spoil the children!