Sunday, April 26, 2009

Giving Thanks

As I go about my day to day life it is easy to forget to stop and give thanks for the blessings – large and small – which help me get through each day. Upon waking this morning, I started to think about the many things I am thankful for and why.

  • Friendships that have no expiration date.
  •  Parents who understand that parenting is a lifelong commitment not a job that ends at age 18, 25, or 40.
  • Family
  •  Being a Mother. Motherhood helps me tap into strengths and abilities that I never knew I had. We are Superheroes.
  • Yesterday’s rain.
  •  Instant messaging that allows me to have real time conversations with my long distance friends without running up the phone bill.
  • Crying. My tears tell me that my heart hasn’t been hardened.
  • Laughter. A reminder that there is humor in practically everything.
  • Those who came before who started paving the way for those who come after.
  • Sore muscles. Because it means my body is healthy enough to put in a hard day’s work.
  •  Austin. My son makes me laugh and cry. He gives me a reason to get up in the morning on those days when all I want is to pull the covers over my head. He is the best part of me.
  • My faith. A belief in things unseen. A belief that everything works out in the end. Believing that I am not as alone as I sometimes feel. Believing that despite all of my faults and the mistakes I have made and will make in the future - I am loved by Him.



Cynthia said...

This is a beautiful post Amy. I am so touched. You really are blessed with Austin. He is a GREAT kid. You've done such a great job.

I'd include in your list the strength and fortitude to be a successful single Mom. I am so proud of you for putting yourself through college while working full-time AND being a Mom. That absolutely qualifies as superhero.

Cynthia said...

On the weight thing- it's taken me since Sept. 10 to lose 30 lbs. so I'm doing it SLLLOOOWWWWLLLY! The hardest part has been getting myself to accept that small changes add up and to do things slow. I usually go whole hog then burn out within 6 weeks to 2 months then quit for a year or so and try again.

I decided this time I'd do the opposite of everything I've done before. A good starting point a gal in my ward pointed me toward is the book "I Can Make You Thin" by Paul McKenna. It also comes with a hypnosis CD which, if nothing else, relaxes me so I can get to sleep (except that Greg makes fun of it- pfft!) I don't know that, by itself, it's enough but it's a very good start if you do what he says to the letter- and what he says is pretty simple and should be able to be incorporated into your super-busy life pretty easy.