This month in the ChristianWriters.com blog chain, the theme is Thankfulness and Thanksgiving.
I had this post all ready to go a few weeks ago, and thought it was great, but now, I need to add this. I’ve left the rest of my original post below, but I need to get this first part off my chest.
This has been a very tough year for myself and my family. It seems we’ve had battle after battle, hurdle after hurdle since December last year. The most recent battles are coming on top of each other: selling our home/needing to move, and finding out our son has a condition called failure to thrive.
When days go like they’ve gone in the last week or so for me, it’s tough to find much to be thankful for. Last Wednesday, my son was positively diagnosed with FTT (Failure to thrive). Tomorrow, we see a dermatologist about his problem eczema, the day after, back to his doctor to see if he’s gaining weight. I’ve been so worried about my little guy that my daughter has started throwing more tantrums. *sigh* Makes writing a
difficult impossible prospect.
For right now, I want to state I’m incredibly thankful for my doctor. She’s calm, collected, and takes my concerns as a mom seriously. She’s also proactive. I know where we’re going with the treatment of my son, and as a mom, that’s something I appreciate–I know what I can expect.
On days where things aren’t going well, try to find the one bright spot in your life, no matter how dim it may be comparatively.
And now, my original post:
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First off, I’d like to remind folks that across America, there are falsehoods taught about the origins of Thanksgiving in public schools. Kids these days are often taught that the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Native Americans.
Nope. Nada. Uh-uh.
The Pilgrims gave thanks to Almighty God. My CW friend Tamera Lynn Kraft has a thumbnail sketch of the history at her blog. And, Rush Limbaugh has a chapter on it in his book, See, I Told You So. Both are accurate in their presentations.
This year, I have a lot to be thankful for. A year ago, I had one child. Today, I have two very beautiful children. At this time last year, I wasn’t even aware I was pregnant. (This year, I’d better not be!) Both my children, though they can frustrate me to no end, bring a lot of joy to my life.
My husband and I celebrated eight years of wedded bliss this year. We’ve had our ups and downs, and this year has definitely been difficult for us, but I’m so thankful for my wonderful, sexy husband.
I’m very thankful that my elderly grandparents finally moved back to the city where they have family close by that can be over at their place in a matter of minutes rather than hours. My grandpa turned 90 this year, my grandma 87, and it’s a blessing to have them closer–and that they can spend more time with their only great-grandchildren in this hemisphere. (They have a third in Asia, but that’s another story.)
There’s a lot more that I’m thankful for, but for now, I’ll leave it at that. I hope over the next few weeks, you stop and ponder the meaning of thankfulness, and remember to thank God for the blessings in your life–even for the difficulties.
And be sure to tell those in your life how thankful you are for them. You never know–they may need to hear it.
Many Thanksgiving blessings.