'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

02 November 2011

30 days of Thanks

It is so easy to be taken in by the selfish interests of life, especially in the modern era and the idea that the world owes us something.  The beauty of Thanksgiving is that it is a moment in time to stop and reflect on how lucky we are, and and to give thanks for our blessings.  In that vein I'll be posting a thankful thought once a day for the month of November. I anticipated starting this series yesterday and putting up a post a day, but that didn't happen.  So I'll post two today.  Feel free to share your thanks, and your thoughts!

Day 1: The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of being Thankful is my husband, for without him my life is not as joyful.  He supports me in all things, all attempts at happiness.  I get to stay home with my kids because of his sacrifice and support.  I get to homeschool my kids because of his support and encouragement.  He is my best friend, and the father of my children, and without him life is smaller.  He makes me laugh when I'm mad, and smile when I'm depressed; he listens, he loves, and he celebrates.  I'm am so lucky to have him.

Rob took me around the world, just like I've always wanted to do.  Normandy, Rome, Athens and here, Vienna.  He always finds a way!

Day 2:  On the heels of my husband is my thanks for my kids.  Crazy, chaotic, frustrating, amazing, loud, dirty, loving, caring, they embody all of life in two crazy packages.  They truly remind me of all that life has to offer, and through teaching them I'm becoming a better person.  They love unconditionally, they seek me out in a way that no one else ever has, or ever will, and they allow me to distill life into it's best moments.  They truly are a gift.

My angels!  They've traveled the world with us, and always kept their smiles.

~The DO


instinct said...

What I am thankful for most right now is that with the birth of our first child we are here in New Mexico so my parents can be near him while he is growing up.

I never realized how important family is until I was gone for almost 20 years of it. Now, it's good to be home with my own family, and near my family.

The DO said...

I hear ya instinct. Part of why we moved to Hungary was to strengthen our immediate family, but the separation from the extended family takes such a tole. When we got married close to 10 years ago, my husband was convinced he'd never need to live close to family. Now here we are, moving 20 minutes from his folks!

Six said...

Nice post and great idea sweetie. Rob is a good man and the kids are everything.
I'm thankful for you. The best thing that ever happened to me.