Life is good.
But then there are those days that gratitude does not come easily. One child is sick, the others can't seem to get along, daddy's out of town, the laundry is mountainous, the car won't start, nothing is getting accomplished, emotions run high, worry sets in. These days are hard. And I am glad when they are over.
But then the sun sets...
...and then it rises.
Usually the next day is brighter.
It's difficult to find the gifts on days when I feel miserable. It's difficult but necessary.
68. tissues with lotion
69. DVD players on long car trips
70. really good ice cream
71. hand knit socks (thanks mom!)
72. feather pillows
73. new buds providing color in a brown landscape
74. Dinner with old friends...
75. ...sharing hamburgers, onion rings, milkshakes, and conversation...
76. ...4 adults and 10 children surviving dining out.
77. friendships that thrive despite the distance
78. having a friend who shares my story
79. sunlight on colored glass
80. watching my children share adventures
81. primitive art work discovered
82. the never ending imagination of children in the woods
83. brightly colored boots drying in the sun after the day's expedition
84. hearing "I love you Mama" at bedtime, despite my impatience with them during the day
85. the gift of a new day - a fresh start each morning
Thank you God that you have promised new joys every morning.
P.S. I recently heard someone say they don't like to visit blogs that depict life as "all rainbows and unicorns". I understood what they meant by the statement. Life is not all sunsets walks and blooming flowers. "Keeping it real" is a phrase I hear often. However, my gratitude is just as real as my misery. I choose to focus on the gratitude because one or the other becomes a daily habit.