O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever (Psalm 107:).
It is almost Thanksgiving and we are definitely in a “Thankful” mood. The bible says that in everything we should give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and Thanksgiving time is always a great reminder of that verse. Because despite our current circumstances we have so much to be thankful for, especially here in the US. With that in mind, here are 6 things I am thankful for as I reflect over this past weekend.
- Strength in time of need: Over the past two weeks, a wave of sickness (cold, cough, and fever virus) seemed to have swept throughout our home. It went from one kid to the next and then unto the parents. Most of us are doing better from this – the hubs is still fighting it as he got it last. The baby was doing somewhat better but just came down with a terrible ear infection. Needless to say, we were encouraged by our pediatrician to make a hospital visit with him for treatment last night. But you know, in the midst of this, I am thankful that the two girls are doing better and that God gave me the strength to take care of them, even when I was not feeling to well myself. I am also grateful for the wisdom God gives to doctors and nurses to know how to best help us when our health is not the best. Also, I am so grateful that my husband has time off from work until after Thanksgiving. We can help each other out with the little sick ones in our lives.
- The change of the season/First Snowfall: I am thankful for the beautiful snow. Although it does get messy when we get piles and piles of it, it is still a beautiful thing to watch. This past weekend, we were graced with the first snowfall of the season. Not just a dusting or flurry like we normally do on the first fall, but real heavy fluffy snow – storm and all! Here is a view from out front – ya, we got a little park for the kids to play, right out front.
I think a bunch of us were sort of thrown off by the amount of snow we received on this first fall. It was in the news that there was a warning but who knew? Our cars were parked outside and covered in snow. And my kids winter outfits are almost two small on them. I usually buy a size up and they have already used the jackets for two years. The snow pants though, I bought their actual sizes last year because they were made big. And their bigger hats were in the van so I found these small ones in a store away bin so they could at least go out to play. And let’s not forget the boots. They are cute and cozy but they are made of fabric. All their cute little boots are great for Fall and winter but for playing outside like this, we got to have some rain or heavier snow boots. But no kid could pass up a good snowfall – this was just a few hours before we threw a birthday party for one of our kids (see below). I told you, this storm came upon us unprepared. Well, I guess I better head down to the store to get my kids some more snow gears. But just like that Fall in Chicago is gone!
All two photos above are the front yard view and here is it from another angle. I just love this one with those trees by by neighbor!
3. Our first daughter’s birthday party: Yes, despite our cold virus and snow storm, we still were able to pull off our oldest daughter’s birthday party this past Saturday. No germs were flying around though, because by then, the girls were already feeling much better. And the hubs did not get sick until after the party. All the invited kids showed up despite the weather. This is Chicago people do not cancel events unless there is a serious blizzard! And I mean SERIOUS! So we kept the party and everyone came in royal princess gowns and all! Yea! She turns 5 at the end of the month but with the possibility of her friends being out of town the week of Thanksgiving, we pushed her party back one week earlier. Hopefully, I will have more photos up soon.
4. Family: Family is everything, isn’t it. As my kids say, “family sticks together”! I am so thankful for family who will stand behind us no matter how much we mess up. You know what I mean? The times when you feel you have blown it, or you’re the worst parent in the world, or whatever the case may be. Then someone hugs you and says, “you’re the best mom ever”. Really.
5. A home: It is truly a blessing to have a place to call home, especially during unfriendly weather conditions. Got snow? You’ll be thankful for a warm cozy come where you can hideout and watch the snowfall from indoors or where you can retreat after a long difficult day at work. Here is a shot from our backyard in the early morning, this past weekend.
6. YOU, my readers: Yes, I am blessed to be able to share part of our little corner of the world with people like you. Thankful that you take time of your busy day to pop on over and read my posts and give encouragement to keep going! So thank you and hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
These are six things I am thankful for today as I reflect on the past weekend. There are so many more but we don’t need to drag along this post.
What are you thankful for today? Let’s share a blessing in the comments below and be encouraged by each other!