The Gratitude Journal

Sitting here writing in my gratitude journal that I started writing in this year, and I can’t help but mush over all the good stuff that has been happening in our lives. & to be honest, not all of it is extravagant. But, for us, it’s what we are grateful for, and we are just living every day with a thankful heart. We can sit here and name everything we are thankful for, but why not write down one thing you are grateful for AT that exact moment, so you can sit and reflect back on those moments whenever your days are trying.

For me, as a mom, most days are built on a secret anxiety that consumes me to make sure the house is clean, the kids are fed, and that the laundry is done. But, in those everyday moments, looking through my children’s eyes, their laughter, their smiles, their life. I forget to sit and soak in all those moments. The moments my baby takes his first steps, or that moment Millie is trying to spell her name correctly (She currently spells it like “Mbfihle” pretty close to Millie if you ask me). Those moments I’m so so grateful for because these are the moments I have waited my whole life for.

If we are being honest and looking at the whole picture, sometimes It’s easy to get caught up in the big news, like having a baby, buying a house, or even getting a huge promotion. Joe just got a big promotion at work, and although that means less travel time and more money, I felt so happy at that moment thinking “WOW. 2018 is going to be great for us.” and at that moment I was grateful for a huge change in our home, but what I have realized it’s ok to be grateful for those simple everyday moments, and not just the big “WOW” factors that happen in life.

Today, I write in my journal that I am grateful for the sunlight that beams in my room early in the mornings, and those little yelp cries from Moose that give me no choice but to wake up at 5 am every morning. Today we are living with a thankful heart, and this gratitude journal is just the best thing to rest and reflect when I forget or lose track of where I want to be in life. I’m sitting here, and I belong right here at this moment.

December 21, 2017
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