Monday's Musings - On Being Thankful

I have a lot to be thankful for.

But I don't always see it.

It's way too easy to not be thankful.

And, it's easy to be critical.

To see what others have that I don't.
To not even appreciate what I do have.

Feeling sorry for myself or feeling self-righteous robs me of thankfulness.
Being critical robs me of joy.

Life doesn't always go my way. Mine has certainly been difficult recently.

But in spite of the trials, I can be thankful. I can look outside of my own little world and see the bigger picture.....

So today, I'm counting my blessings, naming them one by one.
What am I thankful for?

That I had 47 years with my mom.
And knew my father-in-law for 30 years.

That my husband is walking this life with me.

That we have five different, interesting children.

That we have a wonderful son-in-love.

That I have a place to lay my head every night.

Food in my pantry. (Although my 15 year old claims, "We have no food.")

Live music....from the hands of my kids.

Kids who sing out loud. 

Who play together.

Board games. Old fashioned fun.

Vacations spread through out the years.

Silly Vine recordings.

And that's just a start.

Even writing this post is making me think of more and more to be thankful for.

Will you join in? 

What are you thankful spite of the trials you may find yourself in?


  1. I'm thankful for my family who always supports me. My friends who encourage and pray for me. For people I can be real with and know they'll always be there anyway. It's the people in my life I'm most grateful for.

    1. People and relationships are definitely what's most important, Ellen! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm thankful for friends like you!

  3. Lovely post:) I also count my blessings when I hear my son sing out loud ... and I love a good old fashioned board game too!

    1. I love it when my kids sing or play the piano. And even the radio! :) I love their music.

      Thanks for dropping by!