I have compiled a list of 100 total ways for kids to practice gratitude and compassion so they can be a blessing to others and experience more joy in their lives.
On Friday night, as I was in the middle of telling my husband, Joey, about all my plans for the next day I heard a startled cry coming from the girls’ bedroom. “Mommy!” It was Jenna’s voice and I knew something was wrong.
How have you been doing writing in your Gratitude Journal? Has you been keeping up with it? Has it been helpful to you?
In addition to writing in my gratitude journal this month I’ve been trying to focus on the things that I am thankful for as I go throughout my day. If my mind starts to wander into the land of “things would be better if……” I am trying to consciously turn my thoughts onto what amazing things the Lord has blessed me with in order to avoid that negative downward spiral of thought which often results in a grumpy attitude.
In April of 2008 my sister Kim would only be with us for 6 more months. We didn’t know it at the time, but in October she would very unexpectedly pass away.
That April, though, she was here and celebrating our son’s baptism with us. She was one of his sponsors and honored the occasion by gifting him a beautiful sterling silver rattle from Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany & Co.
As a mom, is there any greater beauty than peering into the face of your precious child?
Of softly caressing their tender skin?
Of feeling their heartbeat as they sleep in your arms?
Of hearing their giggles as they enjoy the simplest things in life?