There is a pile of dirty dishes beside the sink.
I’m thankful we have bellies that are full every day.
The smell of a stinky diaper fills my nostrils (again).
I’m thankful for the cute, funny, amazing, snuggly little boy who makes big stinkies.
The gray clouds swell dropping their loads of rain.
I’m thankful for rain watering the thirsty earth, and rain jackets and umbrellas to keep out some of the wet.
My head pounds, aching from a seeming fifty pounds of extra snot this week.
I’m thankful for the medicine and nose spray readily available to treat my cold and help me sleep.
Little sticky hands (times three!) stretch out for me to wipe at least ten times each day.
I’m thankful for all the snacks and activities, and the accompanying smiles and memories, that cause the stickiness.
Toys and clothes and books are strewn about the floor signaling the end of another day.
I’m thankful for a house full of things– a blessing many are without.
The laundry forms a mountain taller than I’d care to admit.
I’m thankful our bodies are covered with clothes each day– protecting us, sheltering us, keeping us warm.
The forgotten-homework is quickly finished ten minutes before school and causing oodles of stress for mom and dad.
I’m thankful my children have the opportunity to learn and socialize each morning at a sweet little neighborhood school.
My neglected Bible gently beckons me from the corner of my room.
I’m thankful His mercies are new every morning, and His grace is not dependent on me.
The table is covered with crayons and pencils and half-colored creations of paper.
I’m thankful for creativity in little minds and hearts.
The sound of unkind words between siblings reaches my ears.
I’m thankful for quick reconciliations and the special bond between brothers and sisters.
My inbox registers a plethora of emails that need responses.
I’m thankful for communication with loved ones near and far away.
Spilled milk seeps across the just-mopped kitchen floor.
I’m thankful for little hands that want to help.
…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you…
1 Thessalonians 5:18