Gratitude Amidst Sickness

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks with Kate’s birthday and my sister-in-law’s wedding, and I was looking forward to spending these few days before Thanksgiving working on a gratitude project and Thanksgiving crafts with the boys and maybe even decorating for Christmas, but unfortunately a stomach bug has entered our family and has been slowly attacking us one by one. So instead of these few days being filled with scissors and glue and music and hot chocolate, they have looked more like yucky laundry and endless cartoons on Netflix and frequent nursing breaks for the little one I thought was weaning.

But instead of fretting over plans gone awry, I’m going to choose to be intentional about practicing thankfulness and gratitude in my own heart.

I am thankful for a beautiful wedding weekend spent with my favorite people.

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I am thankful that we will be gathering with our extended family later this week to share good food and lots of laughter, and although handcrafted place settings would be fun to make and look really cute on the table, they are not necessary and those ideas can wait until next year.

I am thankful that gratitude can be taught to my children all year long, and although a gratitude tree or similar project would be fun to make, the best way I can teach my children gratitude is to model it for them daily with my words and with my attitude.

I am thankful that my kids are easy going and don’t mind putting off our Christmas decorating a few more days and that there is plenty of time this season for hot chocolate and Christmas tunes and cozy fires.

I am thankful for a sweet husband who stayed up with Aidan most of the night because I was still recovering from a rough day of sickness myself.

I am thankful for dry toast and hot tea while my tummy slowly recovers from this stomach bug.

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I am thankful for this beautiful family Advent devotional that Ann Voskamp wrote and I am ever so thankful that she included a link to beautiful FREE Advent ornaments that I can simply print and hang.

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If you haven’t made plans for celebrating Advent, it’s not too late. You can order this beautiful book from Amazon and get it in time to start reading it with your family on December 1st. It’s a wonderful way to keep your focus on Christ in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

I am thankful that I can watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix and daydream of witty repoirtoire and coffee dates with Kate someday in the it-will-be-here-before-i-know-it future.

And I am thankful that Lesley Zellers shared about Skillshare on Instagram because it has kind of changed my life, and now I am going to share it with you. Do you remember how one of my November goals was to start taking an online Calligraphy class? Well, taking that class has been one of my goals for many months now, but I can never bring myself to sign up because the cost is close to $100 and you only have access to the materials for 30 days, and I never can seem to find a 30-day period that has enough “free time” for me to get the most out of the class and my $100. But then Lesley shared about a hand-letttering class on Skillshare and that you can have access to that class (and every other class they offer) for FREE for 30 days so I signed up and realized that Skillshare is an amazing place!

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Not only do they offer online classes in hand-lettering and calligraphy, but also in photography and Photoshop, DIY and design, culinary arts, entrepreneurship, writing, and much more. After your 30 days of FREE access are up, you can simply cancel or pay $9.95 a month for continued unlimited access. I planned on canceling when my 30 days are up, but there are so many great classes I want to take, a monthly membership might just be one of my Christmas presents. But if you sign up from my referral, I get another month FREE, so thank you in advance. (wink!) And you can refer your friends and get FREE months added to your membership too! I am not affiliated with them, I just wanted to pass along a great thing to any of you wishing to learn or improve your creative skills. You can sign up through any of the links above or by clicking here.

So I will end my little journey of gratitude amidst sickness there. I could go on and on, but I have babies and laundry to take care of. And Gilmore Girls and Skillshare videos to watch.

I hope you have a blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving!

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