Are you doing this? Last year, I made a point to post on Facebook every day in November something I was thankful for (I may have combined a couple of days, but I actually did pretty well!), and I’m doing it again this year. Last year it was about using gratitude to stop focusing on pain and start looking for the good things in my life. And as I look back over the past year, November was when I finally started moving forward and taking control.
So this year, I’m looking for little things, and expressing them as close to “in the moment” as I can – it’s not always possible, but I hold onto that thought as long as I can until I can get to my phone or a computer. Today’s moment of gratitude is brought to you by my 8 year old daughter – when I woke her up for school this morning, I found her hugging her “pink baby”. (No picture of that, bleary-eyed mama was not exactly looking for blog-worthy gratitude moments right then.). Here’s the story behind “pink baby” and why she inspired gratitude this morning:
5 years ago, I had a 3 year old and an almost 6 year old. We had just moved to Idaho, and we were maintaining 2 households because my ex (we were married at the time) was still working in Washington. So money was tight, my sanity was tighter, and Christmas was coming. Katie didn’t really have a dolly to play with – she had a bear and a penguin, but no baby doll to cuddle like a 3 year old should. So I decided to try to make one. This is what she looked like almost finished:
I thought I had a “finish” picture, but it looks like some of my pictures have disappeared from Google. She does have a face (brown eyes! why do all dolls have blue eyes???), and a skirt, and an attached blanket, and maybe a hat. I know I didn’t make hair.
Anyway, the sweetness of this comes in when I tell you that I had already started making the doll when I asked Katie what she wanted for Christmas. I may have been about as far as this picture. And she looked at me and said, “I want a pink baby.” Melted my heart.
So today’s gratitude thought: Today I’m thankful for craft. Because even in tough times, even when I didn’t have enough money to buy things for my children, I was able to make them things they needed and things they wanted. And because last night sometime my now 8 year old decided to grab her pink baby and sleep with her.