It has been quite a while since I've posted about my wonderful children and so I thought today would be the perfect day to reflect on how grateful I am for each of them. As parents, it is easy for us to automatically say we are grateful for our children; it's usually the first thing a parent will say if you ask them. However, I wonder at times if, in our haste to quickly express our thanks and gratitude about the presence of our children in our lives, if we can really say WHY we are grateful for our children. Can you individualize each of your children and name specific things about them for which you are thankful? This is the question I asked myself in preparation for writing this; and later today when we share the traditional "what are you thankful for" at dinner, this is what I will say to each of them.
To my dear son Tyler, I am thankful for your quiet and calm spirit that reminds me of the beauty that peace and stillness can bring to life. I am thankful for the kindness and friendship you share with your little brother every day. I am grateful for those moments I can look into your eyes and see straight to your beautiful soul. I am grateful for your determination, and your patience and your desire to always be the best person you can be.
Finally, to my littlest man, Jonathan. Jon-Jon, I am thankful that you make me laugh every day! Your carefree, fun approach to life brings me such happiness. I am grateful for the love you show in every hug and kiss. I am thankful for your strength and courage and acceptance of things that sometimes make your life a little more difficult than others. I am grateful for your sweet and tender caring of everyone in our family.
Have a wonderful day, everyone! Take some time to tell your children and your loved ones just exactly why you're thankful for them. I'll be back tomorrow with Day 1 of 25 days of Christmas Cards!