Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thankful

Last week when all of my children decided to get sick at the same time, I had just started a new bible study on Thanksgiving: Focusing our hearts on gratitude. That very first day I realized something. I had a choice to make, I could spend my whole time whining and complaining about 3 sick kids or I could find things that I'm thankful for. 
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Monday, I was thankful for Motrin, helped keep the kids fevers down. Thank you God, for Conrad's work schedule. He was off in time for baths and bedtimes. That was seriously what I had written down for the whole day. 

Tuesday, after some broken sleep, I was ready for a new day and was determined to have a better attitude. It wasn't long after Conrad left for work it hit me, I just how thankful to be a stay at home mom. I didn't have to worry about calling in sick to work or having to scramble to find someone to watch the kiddos because they couldn't go to daycare or school with fevers and nasty coughs. I wasn't missing out any pay, I was getting those extra cuddles and snuggles, even if they did cough in my face a few times. I decided then, I didn't have to be happy that they were sick, but I was thankful it was only fevers and coughs. Thankful that we have insurance and I was able to go to the doctor that evening just to listen to Austin's breathing, just for my peace of mind.

Since then, I am finding myself finding more good in things, more reasons to be thankful. I didn't worry about starting dinner, finishing up the laundry or cleaning anything, I sat right there with them. Watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for the 950th time that day. Took their temps and gave our medicine like it was my job, because it is, to take care of these sweet little ones. Crackers, check! Blankets, check! Momma had a peppermint mocha and vanilla scones delivered via her sweet MIL, double check! 

I think that I'm actually thankful that their sickness hit when it did. It's opened my eyes to how blessed I really am. Now that all are healthier, Austin still has a lingering cough, I am still counting my blessings. I'm really hoping that I will continue to have a thankful heart throughout the whole year.

What are you thankful for today?