Can I just say that the first 10 days of November have been difficult?
I've been in a lot of pain. I'm tired. The smallest amount of activity, like walking through the grocery store, has become a real chore.
My husband is traveling this month. He's working long hours. His back still hurts.
My kids haven't been the perfect angels I would like them to be. We've been struggling with some attitude issues.
I've even been mad at my blog. It hasn't been funny or interesting, and it's been annoying me.
So, there. I said it.
On top of it all, this is the month to be thankful! I have about 500 things that have to happen this month and the pressure of being thankful on top of it all has really been getting to me.
When I saw Kristen write this post on the first day of the month, all I could think was, "That looks really nice. But count me out."
When I saw Jenny write this post on the first day of the month, I thought, "I would love to do that. But how about another month, another year?"
Then I woke up this morning to a house full of grumbly kids and realized, "I think we could all USE a heavy dose of thankfulness! And wouldn't that be a great way to write a blog post everyday?"
I even decided to work it in to our school assignments. We already are doing a Bible study, called Choosing Thankfulness, this month. And my 9-year-old's writing assignment today is to write thank you notes for his birthday gifts.
How about if we all write about the things we are thankful for each day? I've noticed some people are doing this on Facebook as their status updates this month. I decided to do it on my blog, as well as in our school work.
My Bull's Eye goal is to do this everyday. But I'm a big believer in having an outer ring goal, as well. So, that would be to show some thankfulness at least as often as I would normally post this month.
Sometimes when people tell me to do something, it makes me NOT want to do it that much more. But I'm hoping it will catch on. Will you consider leaving me a comment or writing a blog post explaining something for which you are thankful today, this month or everyday?
I'm going to slowly go back and fill in some of the the things for which I have been thankful the past 10 days.
For today, I am thankful for my blog and the chance it gives me to write down my thoughts.
As a stay-at-home mom, I often do the same things over and over: I empty the dishwasher. I sort the laundry. I cook the mac n cheese. Everyday.
And in all of those moments that seem so mundane, I have lots and lots of Moments of Meaning. Often with my kids or my husband, or a friend. That's what makes me not just an ordinary mom, but an everydayMOM (Moments of Meaning) mom.
I add a little of my job skills to my life as a mom by trying to create order in our often chaotic lives. I know that my work DOES matter because I'm doing the job God gave me to do.