For June 2012, I am making a conscience effort to put-off complaining and put-on thankfulness. Join me as I cultivate a heart of gratitude. You can read my previous posts in this series here.
The wonderful weekend away ended Sunday night with a family dinner, playing ball in the yard with the kids and lots of laughs around the table as we all wolfed an entire strawberry cheesecake for dessert.
The alarm went off Monday morning (perhaps a little early?) and my husband rolled over and asked me, “Would you like me to take the day off today?”
That made my heart smile.
I’m thankful for my husband taking yesterday off. He let me have full reign of the day, helping me in any way I needed him to. I took full advantage and had him accompany me to five different stores so that I could get most of my monthly shopping done in a mere 3 hours – with both kids!! I’m thankful that not only was I able to get so much done, but I wasn’t hurried nor were the kids complaining – my favorite type of errand! This will make the rest of the month SO much easier. What’s even better is that later in the afternoon, my husband thanked me for a wonderful morning. I’m thankful that he enjoys running errands with all of us, and doesn’t dread them them!
While running errands, we treated the kids to new puzzles – for only $1 each! I’m thankful for the time that puzzles allow – time to talk, time to think and exercise our brains, time to enjoy each other without typical sibling bickering, time of encouragement when older brother tells younger sister “You can do it!” I’m thankful for that feeling of “just one more piece,” having to literally turn our faces away from the challenge, when it’s time to brush our teeth, or time for Mommy and Daddy to call it a night. I did puzzles all the time growing up, and I have such fond memories. I’m thankful to be able to foster these same memories in my own children’s childhood.