Monday, June 13, 2011

Family - The Ultimate

The common thread running through my family this month, this beautiful month of blatant, unmitigated, joyfully felt GRATITUDE is FAMILY.  We all mention it several times a day.  We can't get past it.  It's kind of annoying.  Everyday has been a love fest but I want MORE!  I've put my 6 and 4 year old under the Spanish Inquisition spotlight and demanded a more specific answer to the question - For what do you give thanks!?!?!?!?  They just giggle and say "I just like being with you."  or "My favorite is when we are all together."   Awww...  OK, great, but it's getting redundant.

So my 6 year old said last night, after I forced encouraged them to delve deeper, "Mom, it's OK to be thankful for the same thing every day if it's a really good thing".

He is right.  Here I am grilling them about being thankful for the joy of our family and insisting that they delve deeper, but when I lay my head down at night, that is the one constant for which I thank God. 

So, I guess I should be glad that everyday isn't  about being thankful that Wii and TV were invented.  It's about family, the ultimate gift.


There is a double dose of  gratitude on this one!
I am thankful for:
Little Girl - Movie night with the whole family & playing ping pong with mommy, daddy & brother.
Little Guy - Extra time on Wii and playing ping pong with mommy, daddy and sister.
Him - My mom and dad and wrestling with the kids on the front lawn.
Me - The good man who raised my good man and being able to catch a nap! Woo Hoo!
Nonna - Celebrating a good man and spending the day with the kids.

I think I learned
to appreciate and treasure each day,
because you don't know
how many you're going to be given.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

5 comments:

JJ said...

Terrific site! I am now your newest follower, and I invite you to follow my blog as well. Thanks.

JJ Botta – Freelance Writer http://jjbotta.blogspot.com/

Hill Country Mom said...

Family is The greatest gift!!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Beautiful! Family is such a precious gift and well worthy of being thankful for!

Mary O'Donohue said...

Rose - I am the author of the book When You Say "Thank You," Mean It. Believe it or not I just saw your comment from June on my blog on my web site. First of all I am so sorry I didn't send you a "thank you" right away. I somehow missed the comments on that blog. I am deeply grateful to you for your comments and for implementing the ideas in my book and sharing it through this blog. When I saw the picture of your Gratitude Board, it brought tears to my eyes! It means so much to me when other families can get something out of my book.
You made my day!
With heartfelt gratitude,
Mary O'Donohue

JJ said...

Dear friend and follower of JJ Botta - Freelance Writer: As a result of increased writing commitments, I have recently merged this website into The Disconnected Writer (http://thedisconnectedwriter.blogspot.com/). I hope you will continue to follow my blog at this location. Of course, I will follow back. Thanks a million!