I've been wracking my brain all morning, trying to come up with something specific to be thankful for. I didn't think I'd get stumped this early in the game. It goes to show what a terrible habit I have of whining and complaining.
It's especially difficult amid the 3 year old meltdown going on. I think she's mad because I helped her into the car after preschool, and she wanted to do it herself.
My next investment: soundproof bedroom doors.
I do have to say this. I am truly, truly amazed at how much this being thankful thing has helped me. I think Sister C, from my Enrichment night was right. Having gratitude does bring you happiness. Since I've started forcing myself to think about what I'm grateful for, it has vastly improved my attitude toward myself, my daily tasks, and especially my demeanor with my children and my relationship with my husband.
I've noticed my husband is suddenly more helpful around the house, is more eager to come home earlier from work, and stays upstairs when he gets home instead of heading straight downstairs to his "apartment" to watch his games. I'm not saying that I really had anything to do with this, because he's made a lot more changes than my little attitude change. Maybe it's just that. My attitude. Maybe he's always been helpful, and I just didn't notice, because I was so focused on finding fault.
But, that he came home last night, and did a couple of really amazing things. First, he changed the sheets on our bed (because my little "animal" had another accident the night before and I hadn't gotten to it), and he brought me a bottle of water for my nightstand while I was brushing my teeth (we always keep water by our bed at night). I know those things seem really little and insignificant, but they meant a great deal to me, because I knew he was doing them just for me, and that really means alot. After that we had a really great talk. The best we've had in months. For the first time in a long time, I felt like we really opened up to each other, and joked and laughed.
I think when I focus on finding the good in him, and the things he does for me, then it makes me love him that much more, and makes me want to do things for him.
Today, (and everyday for that matter), I'm so very thankful for my wonderful husband. I'm so grateful to have him in my life. He's a great man, and a fabulous father, and hard worker, and I truly appreciate all he does for our family.
I love you, Clint!