I have decided to partake in the 30 Days of Thanks to reflect on the positive things in my life and to truly be thankful for them.
I got a very sweet message the other day from a high school classmate. I am not going to go into what she said specifically, but she made the comment of hearing a lot of posts lately with people complaining. She enjoyed my posts of “pride and accomplishment” when I talk about my son, James. It really touched my heart to hear her say this.
Any parent will tell you that it is a difficult, often times thankless job (especially when parenting a teenager!) You want so much for your children. You have hopes and dreams for their lives. You try to teach them right from wrong and to be a good friend. You teach them the value of hard work and to be a good citizen. You hope that they make good decisions and listen to your advice, but most of all, you just hope that they find success and happiness in their lives. As a parent, you celebrate the joys and wipe their tears away during the hard times.
On day 1, I am thankful for my son, James. He has brought so much joy to my life …and a few gray hairs along the way. I am so proud of him and what he is able to accomplish. I can’t believe that he is growing so fast and only a few years from now he will be off exploring the world as an adult. So for now, I am going to enjoy my time with him and embrace the ups and downs, but most of all I am going to take a thousand pictures of him to drive him crazy because I know someday he will be so thankful to have those memories captured!
I would encourage each of you to participate in 30 Days of Thanks. If you are not sharing them publicly, still take the time this month to reflect on the good things in your life! If you have children, celebrate their hard work and accomplishments and tell them daily how much you love them!