During this season I have been surrounded by the attitude of gratitude and I’m very inspired by this. But one thing that continues to come to my mind about the many things I’m grateful for are the women in my life. I’m eternally grateful for the gospel, my husband, my children, my family and so many other physical blessings in my life, but lately I’ve been exceptionally grateful for the women in my life.
Every year we have created a “gratitude” something or other. Last year it was Timmy the Turkey, this year it is our gratitude tree. Each member of our family (even the babies) get one feather or leaf for each day of the month and we each write something we are grateful for. The first 15 days or so are so easy to fly through, but then I really start reflecting on which blessings I’m especially grateful for. As our tree grows I quickly realize how so many little things make such a huge impact on my children. I then started thinking about the people and friendships I value the most.
When I became a stay-at-home mom I was a little nervous. I don’t sit still. I am a very active person and I love interacting with people. But going from a full-time job with adults to sitting at home with a 2-year-old and my newborn was a drastic change. At times I hated it, but I knew that this is were I was intended to be; I didn’t want anyone else raising my children. I didn’t want to miss anymore of their daily lives. I haven’t looked back since. But it slowly got better, I found my hobbies again, I discovered new talents I didn’t know I had, and I made friends with women who encouraged and inspired me to be a better person, a better wife, mother, and neighbor. I’m still working on it, and sometimes I have weak moments and bad days, but I remember I get another chance tomorrow. But if tomorrow doesn’t come, I know that my “worst” was still better than it was a few years ago…and I don’t know about you, but that’s still improvement to me. 🙂
But this Thanksgiving season I’ve been pondering on the specific women who inspire me and whose example speaks volumes to me.
There is the woman who just amazes me with her natural kindness and how she is respected by so many of our friends.
The woman who teaches me to never quit my dreams, because she never has and she may not be the best in her eyes, but the fact she never quits puts her on a pedestal in my eyes.
The woman who doesn’t see what a wonderful mother and person she is, is hard on herself, but yet gives me new ideas on being a better person every time we talk! 🙂
The woman who is always thinking of others and what she can do for them, even if it is ‘just’ a prayer.
The woman who values her friends and pushes us to get together, reminding us of our support and youth.
The woman who embodies the spirit of creativity – wow…that’s all I have to say on your behalf!
The woman who is always prepared, I seriously take notes sometimes. 🙂
The woman who strives to be the best wife above all else, because that is the most precious relationship she has and she spends so much time on it – the healthiest relationship I know!
The woman who juggles better than any clown and does it with style.
The woman who lives and bares her testimony and beliefs every time she faces a struggle – I try to be like this in so many ways – you have it figured out m’lady.
The woman who serves her callings and neighbors with such enthusiasm, even with a little Dew I can’t be that energetic. 🙂
The woman who knows just when I need a call and a hug. You may not know who you are, but you are always there when I need it most.
The woman who makes me laugh and gives me the best advice and just listens. I am grateful you are family and friend!
The woman who sits in Relief Society and shares her stories that just inspire me. I am grateful that I know you, you make everyone around you a better person.
The woman that possesses more compassion for others than I can imagine, I feel like I have to keep score and return the kindness you show so many around you. I don’t know how you do it.
Finally, the future woman that I love more than words can possess. My daughter Brecklee is such an example to me. Her compassion, prayers, innocence, faith, and overall intelligence just inspires me and pushes me to be better. And now to have another daughter in my home. I can’t even imagine the powerful, strong, and amazing women they will one day be. They say it takes a village to raise a child, with the women that surround us, I can say I have an amazing village. 🙂
Yes – each of these examples are a different woman in my life who I am grateful for and I would not even be remotely close to who I am today without them. Though none of these women are perfect, they each possess qualities I admire and they have mastered. Thank you.
I may not be the greatest friend, in fact, I suck sometimes. 🙂 But my friends and family are always in my thoughts and prayers. You inspire me, you make me better, and I am grateful for you all. I love the women in my life.