Gratitude Wednesday: Week 1

Photo by Lisa Tsen

Written by Jenn

I’ve been reading  Journey Mama (Rachel Devenish Ford’s blog) since September. There’s something about Rachel’s words which resonate with me. I love her simplicity, her spirituality, and her heart of gratitude. I’m touched every time she shares her love for her kids. Perhaps it is because she expresses so well the feelings I have towards my own children. I love reading her blog because it gives me a sense of peace, and swells my heart with gratitude. Rachel, her husband, and her four gorgeous children are travellers, currently living in India.

Five weeks ago, Rachel started a weekly post on what she was thankful for. I’ve enjoyed reading each one of them. I give thanks for her grateful heart.

I believe that having a grateful heart transforms the world. Throws a little more beauty into the dark spots of life. Beholds fresh eyes to things we take for granted every day. Gratitude sows ripples of love.

Inspired by Rachel’s Thankful posts, I’d like to share with you what I’m thankful for.

Today, I am thankful for the clear blue sky.

It appeared out of hiding from weeks of rain and overcast clouds this morning. The sun illuminated our hearts. Revitalized our gloomy, rain-drenched spirits.

I’m grateful for Autumn in Agde. For the russet colours dancing around the Old Town’s stone grey walls. For the wistful, dreamy emotion of history emanating from its cobbled paths.

So thankful today for the contemplative bike ride to guitar lessons with Peter.

Today, I’m grateful for Brian – my beautiful husband, who still makes my heart skip a beat when he looks at me. Thankful to have him as my confidante and best friend. Thankful that he is gentle with my heart, the one I gave him to keep 11 years ago. He is keeper of my secrets and sharer of my dreams. My partner in parenting crime and encouraging cheerleader. I’m thankful that he took the afternoon off from trading to run errands with me and the kids.

I am grateful for my four precious children. They bless me like a cup overflowing. They challenge me to grow in so many ways. I am deeply grateful for their forgiveness and unconditional love when I make mistakes. I am grateful for their radiant innocence and infectious laughter. They are my joy. The brilliance which gives me purpose.

I am thankful for the love in my life.

Now it’s your turn. What are you thankful for?

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13 Responses to Gratitude Wednesday: Week 1

  1. Rebeca says:

    Your pictures are beautiful! Giving thanks is something we can never do enough of. We’ve been “practicing” it as a family this month too.
    I love Rachel’s blog too. She and I (and her not then husband) traveled together in India many years ago. They are wonderful people. I’m so glad for her gift of writing!

  2. Today of all days is the perfect time to reflect on what is truly important in our lives. Family is at the top of that list. “A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.” I am thankful for a beautiful wife who is also my best friend. I am also thankful for a daughter who is smart, funny and never ceases to amaze me. They both keep me on my toes and make life interesting. Jenn, thanks for the reminder.

  3. Dolores says:

    Jenn, I am thankful for your positivity. It enlightens my heart. So glad that you are part of my life.

  4. Awesome pictures! Love the blue sky.

  5. Nancy from Massachusetts says:

    i’m thankful for…
    living in an area that has some of the best surgeons in the country. I fell down the stairs and tore the ligaments and tendons in my shoulder. 9 weeks after surgery, i am about 85% back to normal with the tiniest of incisions that wont show once they are completely healed.

    having a husband that takes care of me and reminds me to not do too much. He also makes me laugh and takes the time to call my mom and aunts and uncles to say hi.

    especially thankful for a wonderful 12 year old who is not embarassed (yet) to say I Love You Mom infront of his friends and is always looking for things we can do together as a family.

    thankful for having a large family who i love talking to and, even though we dont see each other often, we band together for any important issue that arises. (my oldest sister is currently undergoing chemo for stage 4 ovarian cancer. i knitted her an alpaca hat, another sister made her special head scarves, my brother calls and makes her laugh until her sides hurt and my other sister sends her messages.) there is a huge age difference between most of us, but we are still close. (17 years between me and the oldest).

    i am also thankful that my dad raised his daughters to be strong and thoughful and to always look for ways to improve any situation.

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