Ten Silly Things my 5-year-old is Grateful For

For November, I’ve been working on gratitude and thankfulness with my son. Each night before he goes to sleep, I have him tell me at least one thing he is grateful for for that day. It’s been fun listening to what he’s come up with. 🙂

Here’s some of the things he’s told me so far:

1. “I’m thankful for my friends, especially my best friend and all my friends. Oh, except for that big one who isn’t nice.”

2. “My toys, especially my transformers, ’cause they can turn into anything they want!”

3. “That I watched Sid the Science Kid this morning!” (I don’t let him watch much TV, so when he does, it’s a big treat.)

4. “I’m thankful for all my sticks. I love all the sticks in the world! It makes me be like Star Wars!” (It’s true, you should see the the pile of sticks outside my door!)

5. “I’m thankful that rocks are shiny and lots of shapes and all around us on the ground. And, and, that rocks are rocks!”

6. “I love Nutella and tortillas for breakfast!” (Of course, it’s not something he gets everyday. But, you knew that already, right? 😉 )

7. “I’m thankful that God made pizza in this world. Pizza is my favorite.”

8. “That I finally ‘winned’ (won) at Wii Bowling!”

9. “I’m thankful that I am going to be turned into a superhero!” (Yeah, he really does think he’s going to become a superhero. I let him believe it because that’s how I get him to eat his veggies. I’m a bad mom.)

10. “That I’m a monkey and can do all money things and that’s why I love Monkey Joes.”

(This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday.)

Changing Your (My!) Attitude with a Little Gratitude!

Yesterday (Wednesday) wasn’t the best of days. It was bad. It was one of those days where I wished I never got out of bed. Ever have one of those days? I hadn’t slept well the night before, so I woke up tired and cranky and the day went downhill from there:

  • I went into the bathroom and found a HUGE centipede in my tub which snapped me out of my grogginess and completely freaked me out.
  • By 9:30am Andrew had lost all of his stones, and was showing no hope of earning any of them back in the near future (due to several tantrums /  melt-downs, among other issues).
  • Two business appointments didn’t go very well.
  • Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong and it seemed like nothing I did was right.

By the time 2pm rolled around I was ready to crawl back under the covers and never come out. I sent Andrew to his room for quiet time, and curled up on the couch. It was then in the silence of the moment that I realized something. I hadn’t prayed.

I usually make it a point of spending at least ten minutes alone with Lord and His Word everyday. Well, I haven’t made the time to do that this week. It has been a busy week, but that’s really an excuse. I could have taken the time; but, I forgot and I didn’t.

So, while Andrew played in his room, I took up the bible and read this verse (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18):

“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

Um. Yeah. Not doing that so much. Certainly not praying without ceasing. And I certainly wasn’t giving thanks for the day I was having.

I took out my journal and started writing to the Lord. I have a ‘gratitude journal” but it’s been a long time since I’ve written in it. Anyway, I started writing down all the things I was grateful for. I started with Andrew and all the wonderful things about him. Then I went on to other things I was grateful for. I praised and thanked the Lord and by the end was even thanking Him for the terrible day I was having.

It didn’t take very long; but, those few minutes transformed my thinking and my attitude. Did my day get better? No, not really. But I had a changed perspective.

It’s amazing how reminding ourselves of all the things we have to be grateful for each day can impact our attitude! What about you?  What are you thankful for today?