I was waiting on my little one to finish up her afternoon snack. She was strapped into her booster seat, babbling away as she ate, and I was too tired to even sit down. (Been there?) I leaned up against the kitchen island, just staring off into space at first. But then, the view in the mirror in front of me came into focus and I began to think. No, I wasn’t looking at the smudges—in fact, I didn’t even see them at the time. What I saw instead was how much I have to be thankful for.
From where I stood, I could see the little antique sewing machine that belonged to my mother when she was a little girl, and I thought once again that I have been blessed with the best and sweetest mom in the whole world. I can’t imagine how different my life would be without her godly influence and fun personality. I stood there, thankful for her and the rest of my sweet family.
Next to that on the bar sits the row of little Dutch houses I brought back from The Netherlands. Seeing them reminded me of the years we lived there, the work we were blessed to do, and the amazing people we had the privilege of knowing while there. I miss those friends, and I’m always a little wistful when I think about those days, but today I was just thankful that we had such a unique opportunity and that we have a gazillion great memories of our time in Holland.
As I continued to stare into the mirror, I noticed the clear clothes hanger dangling from the ceiling fan. (Can you see it?) There seems to be one hanging there just about every day. Sometimes I get so used to them I don’t even notice them, and when I do it’s not something that makes me smile….but today I looked down below it in the mirror and saw the empty kitchen sink, and noted that the same person who’d left the hanger on the fan had also washed all the dishes, without my asking. And that DOES make me smile!
From where I stood, I also had a glimpse of the back yard. I could see the corner of the porch swing Troy gave me one Mothers Day, and beyond that the trampoline where the kids (and we) have spent many happy hours laughing and bouncing. I was thankful that, for the most part, our children have been healthy. They are able to play, and we have plenty of sunshine to enjoy around here.
Yes, I was exhausted. But now I was also thankful. So many reasons to be grateful were found just in that one moment’s view.
So, here’s my challenge for you today. Take a look around, wherever you are. Pick a direction, look straight ahead, and notice—really notice—the things that surround you. Let them remind you of how much you have to be grateful for. It’s just one more way to count our blessings, and that’s just one more reason to smile. I’d love to hear what you see from where YOU stand.