I Am Thankful For…
Last year was baby bears first Christmas. And as exciting as it was, my step mother had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Couple that with still finding my way as a new mom and I found myself feeling a bit off and less thankful than normal around the holidays.
In order to pick myself back up I made this box (below). It's not fancy, creative or even really anything but it helped. I decided to do “12 Days Of Christmas” in a different way. I placed the box on my counter with scraps of paper beside it and each day for the twelve days leading up to Christmas I wrote down one simple thing I was thankful for.
It didn't have to big. In fact, none of them were big. They were simple, everyday life stuff that I was so happy to surrounded by.
After the twelve days, I put the box away with the rest of my Christmas stuff. This year, when I pulled out the decorations I found the box and went back through all the little notes to remind myself that while last year's Christmas was hard, there was still so much to be thankful for.
Below are the twelve things I had written. I am thankful for….
- Best friends (enough said!)
- My little family
- That my step mom taught me to rescue animals and my husband supports me bringing in strays!
- Baby bear's smiles
- Supportive family
- Baby snuggles
- Best friends that keep you positive and make you laugh
- Reconnecting with old friends
- Being surrounded by cute animals
- My health
- What my body is capable of
- My hard working husband
That's it. Simple, every day stuff. But looking back on those things this year I know they meant the world to me last year.
This box wasn't hard to set up. Actually it was easy because I used paper and masking tape haha but re-reading all my little notes this year has been awesome. And thus, I will continue the tradition – my hubby even said he'd join this year!
Sometimes we need to remember that when going through hard times there is still lots of good around us. It's the simple things we take for granted that we occasionally need to step back and be thankful for.
Merry Christmas Mamas.