The Art of Thankfulness


I like to think of thankfulness as an art form.  Something I continually work on and strive for.  To be honest, it’s not something that comes naturally to me. It’s a state of mind I’m working on.


This Thanksgiving being thankful means so much more to me than it ever has.  It’s something that has been continually on my mind.  When I’m feeling down or have a bad memories go through my mind I continuously try to replace that thought with something I’m thankful for.


We have so many things to be thankful for and sometimes we just need to reminder ourselves of the many blessings we have.


When I was in the hospital I made a list of all the blessings I could think of that were coming out of our tragedy.  I did this for a couple of reasons, one was I was afraid I would forget.  The second reason was because when I was over come with grief I wanted something tangible to look at. This was something that really helped me get though and it really lifted my spirits. At the bottom of my list I wrote this:

God has a plan! Even when we don’t understand why things happen he has a plan.  We rejoice in his blessings when we see them, but we often struggle to praise him for what we can’t see while in the midst of a hard situation.  We need to rejoice in the blessings we don’t see or understand yet.  He has a great plan for us greater than we can imagine for ourselves.

I have no memory of writing this, so I have no idea if I wrote it or if it was something I copied, heck it could have been one of the many prayers Heidi texted me.  Either way, I wrote it down at the time because it was important to me and I wanted to share.


This year I’ve decided to add a thankful tree to my table scape.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never have gotten around to it.  I printed the tags for free from jonesdesigncompany if you want to do the same.


We filled some tags out as a family and I had so much fun reading what we all wrote down.  I loved what Beau wrote,  He is thankful for our Veterans!  That kid has a big heart and is so compassionate to others.  He is doing really good and he just graduated to 2 days a week, from 3 for therapy.  He told his therapist his next goal is 1 day a week.


I know I’m starting to feeling better when I wanted to decorate my table for Thanksgiving.  I’m starting to feel a little more like myself again, for this I’m thankful!  I really enjoy decorating so I hope you enjoy the pictures.  It’s the little things in life, right! Now the hard part is still to come, cooking, thankfully I have my family to help.



Happy Thanksgiving,


Give Thanks to the Lord for he is good.  Psalm 107:1


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