30 Days to an Attitude of Gratitude: Day 1

This month, I am working on focusing on the many things I have to be grateful for. I'm calling it "30 Days to an Attitude of Gratitude." I know I have much to be grateful for, much of which I overlook. It is my hope that I can remember these things, and focus on the many positives I have in my life!

Today, I am grateful for my son, Freddy. Really, I am.

On days like today, where for a brief moment I would have gladly given him away to any stranger (Today was a doozy of a challenging day.), I am grateful that I have him in my life.

I am grateful for the sweet moments, for his tender hugs and nightly rituals (and how they seem to grow longer each night - hug, kiss, noses x 3, chin, forehead, cheek, cheek, ear, ear, and now eye, eye!).

I am grateful for the "want Baby Freddy's" moments when he wants to be snuggled like a baby.

I love it when he busts out into song... with a toy microphone (and without too), how he talks about his best friend, how he thinks he's convincing me to do something, or trying to convince me that something is not stinking in his diaper.

I love how he thinks he's waking me up with a kiss on the cheek and a "time to get up Mommy!"(no, it couldn't possibly be the knocking on my bedroom door.... no way!).

I love it when he talks about his days at preschool and the things they're learning. (it's especially fun when he thinks he's teaching me these things too. Who knew a cookie was a circle?? Or that the letter B sounds like buh. Amazing!!)

I love it when he is so proud of himself when he puts something into the garbage can for me, or when he puts the wipes away, or when he puts his dishes into the sink, or when he tries to wipe the kitchen counters. He is so pleased with himself!

I love it when we are driving home from church and he tells me what they learned in the nursery. He loves to share which of his friends were there, and what Sister Skinner taught them. He loves to tell us how he runs and runs, and then sings and sings.

I love how pleased he is when he see's his art projects hung on the fridge, window, or on the art wall. He gets so tickled to see something that he created displayed. I LOVE that!! I can't wait to have bits and pieces of my son's (or childrens) artwork all over our home!

I love his memory! This kid can remember the tiniest comment you made 3 weeks ago about a treat, trip, or other fun thing. Just the other day he asked me for something, that I had purchased and immediately hidden from him in a cabinet we don't use, 4 weeks ago. He remember exactly what I had gotten (and no substitute would suffice), and where we had gotten it.

I adore the little conversations we have, the words he's recognizing and using (though, not always correctly!), and the inflection he gives in his comments.  His honesty humbles me.

I'll never forget wondering if the Lord would give me the opportunity to have a child with my husband, Steve. For a very, very long time it didn't look like it would happen. Fortunately, we are blessed that it did. Our lives will never be the same.

We would love to have many more children, but if we are only able to have one, I'll be forever eternally grateful that we are blessed to have Fred.

Are you participating in any type of Gratitude challenge this month? I'd LOVE to read your posts too!

Thank you to Kerri Bradford of Kerri Bradford Studio for permission to use her "The Dailies" and "This + That: Gratitude" kits in my button and graphic design for this series!

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