Happy MONDAY friends!
Why is it that the weekend always flies by? It often feels as though it's over before it's even begun . . . but, regardless of how fast it goes, I love it none the less. And I'm grateful for it too, which leads me into this . . .
I am grateful everyday for a lot of things - even with all of the hardships that life can offer, the blessings far outweigh any number of obstacles that life can throw my way.
Growing up, my parents we're always quick to remind me that whatever it was in my life that had me down or had me upset, they helped me to find all of the things that we're good - they taught me gratitude.
And so with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I thought what better time than now to reflect on the things that we're most grateful for and to do that I've decided to do something a little fun . . .
- A 4 Week Journey of Gratitude -
Over the next four weeks my hope it that together we can reflect on the things that we're most grateful for and how to seek out gratitude & thanksgiving even in the face of fear, worry, struggles and trials.
And with that being said, I have dedicated this week to my husband Taylor and our families, because there isn't a day that goes by that I am not 100% grateful for them.
Meet my precious family . . .
There is nothing more precious in this life than the people in these pictures - everyday I feel so abundantly blessed that we get to call these people our family.
These are the ones that helped make us the people we are today - they raised us, grew up with us and loved on us since the beginning.
We share in each others fears, hard times, failures and struggles and we share in each others joys, successes, celebrations and happiness.
We go through life together. Everyday.
As I'm sitting here writing this I am grateful - Grateful for the things that our families do for us everyday, but in these past few months I have felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude toward these people.
I'm grateful for parents who buy us Thanksgiving dinner, because we can't make it home to spend it with them.
I'm grateful for siblings who give up their Christmas presents so that instead they can bring us home for Christmas, because that is more important than presents ever will be.
I'm grateful for parents who spend their money to help us get by when we don't feel like we can.
I'm grateful for siblings who sit on the phone and listen as we call them in tears.
And i'm grateful for siblings who call us and put the little ones on the phone just so we can hear their sweet voices and tell them that Uncle Tay & Untie Em love them.
I'm grateful for it all.
I don't know what we did or why we deserve to be loved so well by so many people, but we are and it amazes me every single day.
Life moves so fast and we so easily get caught up in the day to day craziness that we forget to acknowledge how blessed we truly are. We don't have everything, not even close, but we are surrounded by love and it's enough.
We don't live close to any of our family, and perhaps that is why I feel so much gratitude towards them because we don't get to see them everyday. Whatever it is, I am thankful for the gift of gratitude and for the ability to appreciate and cherish the people who have loved, and continue to love us so well.
My hope is that you are surrounded by love and that you surround others with love, because there really is no greater gift than to be loved by someone.
And speaking of love - my husband, Taylor, loves me so well & that is something that i'm grateful for everyday. I know I talk about him a lot on this blog and I've mentioned so many times how grateful and blessed I am by him. He is my everything to me - I can't imagine a better person to do this life with.
You know what Taylor said to me on our way home yesterday? We were talking about Thanksgiving and he said to me, you know I was thinking that we should take our Thanksgiving leftovers, put them in tupper wear, add a fork & a knife and then hand them out to the homeless people on the street . . . I'm telling you guys that my heart almost burst out my chest.
That's his heart - he has the sweetest, kindest, loving & most pure heart.
I'm grateful for a lot of things about my husband. He does our dishes. Our laundry, He helps clean the house. He spends two hours in 90 degree weather while wearing a flannel & jeans so that we can take our Christmas photos. He went to Church with my every Sunday since the day we started dating although he hadn't gone before. He commits to do a 6 week marriage course with me. He lets me watch a Hallmark movie even though a football game is on.
I will often talk about Taylor with friends, co - workers, etc. and the thing I hear most often is, wow he does that? I wish my husband did that . . . Taylor loves me BIG and he makes me feel special everyday even when he doesn't realize it.
His heart is just so full of love and just thinking about it brings me to tears, because he really is so special. And as much as I love everything about him and am grateful for all that he does, I am especially grateful for his heart. He shows me everyday, even multiple times a day, how to love others better and how to find and embrace the good in everything.
If I say something negative, he is the first one to jump in and call me out and tell me to change my way of thinking. If i'm down, he picks me right back up and shows me how I'm blessed. When i'm scared, he comforts me and shows me that it's going to be okay.
I know that I don't express my gratitude for him enough - and this is part of my goal in this challenge, to help us realize and recognize those people and things that we are so grateful for and to show that gratitude to them in whatever way is possible.
Even the littlest gestures can make a difference - As I wrap up this post, I'm thinking of ways that I can express my gratitude to all of these people that I've just talked about - they have done so much for me and now it's my turn to humbly show them how appreciated, love and cherished they are by me and I challenge you to do the same.
Comment below and share who you are grateful for!
Be grateful my friends.
- XO -
I'm Emilee. Twenty-something. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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