Sunday Gratitude 11.9.14


It’s 7:00 am and I already need to turn my day around. I’m a little frazzled with kids stuff – normal kid stuff, and that right there is something to be thankful for.

giving thanks #1521 – 1530

a comfortable bed to sleep in, even if my kids wake me up multiple times in a night

coffee brewing right this moment

a husband who shares the weight of caring for our family

church this morning

followed by a nearly kid-free hour+ while the boys are in Sunday school and the girls serve in the nursery

family dinner – gathering around the table for pork roast, mashed potatoes, a few vegetables, and apple cake

the barn roof repaired before the cold weather arrives this week – even if Russ climbed very, very high to fix it

bins of snow pants, boots, hats and mittens to dig through

warm clothing passed to us by friends and family

honestly feeling a little better as I reach the end of this list

A cold front is coming our way and should hit by Tuesday. We’ve had a blissfully warm fall, so when I heard this, I realized that I need to find winter gear for the kids. Little Man is still wearing Keens every day because his sneakers are too small. Thankfully, I have a bin of shoes and boots that will most likely contain something that will fit.

Many times this weekend I’ve thought of the children in our town who won’t have warm coats and boots this week. It compels me to declutter more and pass on our extras. With children in school we are more fully immersed in our community and I often think  about the needs I see in our schools.

That’s something else to be thankful for.

Have a wonderful Sunday. I hope you have some sweet moments with the Lord,  get a little rest, enjoy time with family and friends, and find at least ten things to be thankful for.

Take a moment to share one with us in the comment.









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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. ErinH
    November 9, 2014

    I'm thankful that my Mama hugs still make most things better 🙂

  2. Dawn Dykeman
    November 9, 2014

    I am thankful for a mom and dad that did their best to teach me to serve Jesus and thankful that my husband I are are trying to do the same with our children. So thankful for grace.


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