A place to be real about a life of chaos, with eight beautiful children, homeschooling, special needs, adoption, sanity or the lack thereof.........a rubber hits the road sort of journey that I thankfully do NOT walk alone!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Attitude of thankfulness...

Two little words that can change everything. Today...I continue to be thankful!

We gathered at church this morning and listened to an awesome message ... coveting ... an "incredibly powerful, dangerously subtle, unquestioned and accepted, equal opportunity sin". I think the pastor summed it up quite well don't you? Once we determine NOT to covet we need to counter that with an appropriate antidote. I came away with this ... Sacrifice vs. Generosity ... How will I choose to live my life? You see, there is a far cry difference between giving anything ... our time, our passion, our "stuff", our money, our hearts ... and giving any of these things sacrificially. With this in mind, everything I do needs to be done with the correct attitude ... thankfulness that spurs on sacrifice!

I couldn't have had a day any better fit for thankfulness than today. What a beautiful day it was! We packed up all the gang and head out to take in the fall colours. There really wasn't a "plan", just the intention of driving north and maybe a little west to find the "peak" display and then get a family shot with that wonderful backdrop. K....the family shot didn't happen...but instead as I drove, planning on getting lost (one of the best things about now owning a GPS!) we ended up heading for the beach ...

It took the children about 3 seconds to take off their socks and shoes and roll up their pants! Who would have thought we could enjoy playing at the beach on October 10!

The rest of the day requires few words but I have found several quotes that appropriately describe my "attitude of thankfulness".

"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."

Henry Miller

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."

Thornton Wilder

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

Albert Einstein

This sweet face is one of the greatest miracles I have witnessed!

Teaching my children to stop long enough to see "all" that they should be thankful for....

From the tiniest of things......

To the "not so tiny"!

On this special day of "thanks"...I am so very grateful....

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joys, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." William Arthur Ward

thank you.........

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