'Tis the season to count your blessings. This season can be chaotic and busy ... leaving you feeling stressed. Writing this post was a great exercise that made me stop and reflect on all the blessings in my life. It made me realize how thankful I should be every minute of every day. I recommend everyone giving this a try if you are struggling this season!
I work daily with patients that have been paralyzed or brain injured. I know that my reality can change in an instant. So, I try to constantly be thankful for the 'small things.' I can hold my kids when they need comforting, kiss them goodnight, hold my husband's hand, have tickle fights, take a walk outside, and the list goes on and on. These are things that are so easy to take for granted. But when you can no longer do them, you realize just how precious they are. So this season, I will hold my babies a little longer, rub their backs until they fall asleep, and carry them around whenever they want.
I am so thankful I have a relationship with Jesus. It has shaped every aspect of my life. My human nature is ugly. It's prideful, greedy, selfish, self indulgent, and self destructive. Left to my own devices, I would live a life in pursuit of my own happiness and end up unfulfilled and still searching. Instead, I try to live every day as selflessly as possible. I'm still a HUGE work in progress with Jesus as my example. Putting other people first is against every instinct I have, but it's the most fulfilling way to live your life.
My husband is the first person that gave me a glimpse of Jesus. He is a selfless man who puts others feelings/needs above his. I saw this over and over when we were friends in college. And I see it daily in his role as a husband and father. He is the best dad I've ever seen. And when your child prefers dad over mom, you know he's amazing!
I'm thankful for my babies. Before we got pregnant with Leo, I prayed that we would be able to be parents. I cried for months as it seemed like it might not become a reality. And now I have two babies that have changed me forever. I've never known a love like this, and I'm beyond thankful to be their mom.