Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Month of Gratitude


I am so grateful for the month of November as it is a time set aside to be more mindful of what I am grateful for and gives me an opportunity to identify what keeps me going (my happy place). I think we could all agree that being in our happy place just makes us better functioning people. Last year, I worked on a gratitude project where I wrote down in my journal one thing I was grateful for and why. That exercise lifted my spirit and my day, and I was visibly happier. It makes a huge difference as we seek out things to be grateful for and send off those positive feelings into the universe.⁣⁣
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I know I’m a few days behind, but it’s never too late to share positive vibes. I’m going to post something I’m grateful for on my Instagram each day and I invite you to do the same for yourself and those around you. Believe me. It makes all the difference to add a little bit of sweetness into your day and that of those around you! The world needs more positivity and kindness, and it starts with you!⁣⁣


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Today, I am grateful for my little family. I remember after my accident, being told that I would never be able to bear my own children. That was a devastating thought for me, as I’ve always loved children and dreamt of having my own someday. There was a sense of helplessness and lack of control in my situation, but I did the best I can to not focus on this prospect. 1. Because I wasn’t married yet so I had a while to think about that. 2. Like many things of my accident, there was no use dwelling on what I couldn’t do and had little control over, but it was imperative that I focus on what I could do. Because in situations where we have no control, acceptance will liberate us from unmet expectations, allowing us to press forward. ⁣⁣

AJ and I enjoyed our life together as a young married couple. Learning to manage finances. Coordinating our schedules. Taking care of each other. Finishing college. Going on adventures around the world together. Getting to know each other better and falling even more in love with each other in the process. When it came to children, we talked about adoption because it could make a huge difference in a child’s life to have someone to love and care for them, and we’ve got so much love to give. We didn’t know what was going to happen, but we accepted our slightly different reality. We were thrown for a loop when I out of no where started feeling ill and discovered that I was pregnant. I remember tears of shock and anxiousness, but most of all, gratitude streaming down my face. I couldn’t believe this was really, really happening. ⁣
A gift. A blessing. A miracle. A fluke. You can call it all of the above. I didn’t anticipate things going this way for me, but as my life has shown again and again, the only thing you can control in life is how you choose to respond. And in this case, our response was joy and gratitude. ⁣
I am so grateful for my family and my three little heartbeats. I thought I was really happy with AJ, but it only got better (and more challenging) with these little babes. Sure my experience in motherhood has been a lot different than I imagined, but I’m grateful for all they teach me and all the joy they bring to my life. I love seeing them grow, listening to them talk about what they learn, and laughing at all the funny things they say. And the endless snuggles and kisses are really nice, too. I love getting to understand how much love Heavenly Father has for me as I think of how much I love them. I am so grateful for them this month and every month. 

Happy thanksgiving, blessing, gratitude month! And as always, please share the love :)⁣

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