knee deep in life at home with children, the days often feel too full. the demands on my time and attention can feel too heavy. on days like these, a child who balks at math lessons or one who won’t eat the dinner that i’ve prepared can hold an outsized ability to color how i perceive my day. practicing gratitude can act as a counterbalance to such days.
you might be familiar with Ann Voskamp’s beautiful book One Thousand Gifts. i haven’t taken the plunge to count my blessings on such a grand scale, but i do use a lovely printable from Ann’s blog A Holy Experience. it’s pretty + folds up into a tiny book that tucks happily into my journal or bag. i love unfolding it and making note of the small, bright moments that fill my day.
earlier this year we read Sleeping with Bread. it’s a simple look at the Ignatian Examen. we’ve started doing a daily examen with the children each night before bed. we each say something that we are thankful for, a place where we’ve seen God that day.
Caryll Houselander says that “every ordinary thing in your life is a word of God’s kindness to you.” having eyes to see the ordinary gifts of our day can wake us up to just how much goes right…even on the hardest days.