All of these are traditions for Thanksgiving Day at my house. All of these are good things. There's nothing inherently bad about eating, watching a parade or football game, or spending time with family.
This year, though, it doesn't feel like enough. Because it isn't. Nowhere in that list of traditions is stopping to BE THANKFUL. Sure, we give thanks as we sit down for the big meal. We even go around the table saying what each of us is really thankful for. But this year I want to do more. I plan to do more, to spend more time being thankful. Not just on this Thursday, but every day.
- To be thankful for the huge mountain of laundry that needs to be washed and folded - We have clothes.
- To be thankful for the early mornings, crazy hectic school days, and even crazier and more hectic afternoons running around to various activities - We have been blessed to be able to homeschool and to have the opportunity to participate in those activities.
- To be thankful for the pile of dishes waiting in the sink to be washed - We have food.
- To be thankful for the high noise level in my house - My children are healthy and able to run around and make noise.
- To be thankful for the large amount of money paid at the gas station - We have vehicles that get us where we need to go.