Today is my middle grandson’s 7th birthday. He is a wonderful, silly, loving, ticklish, caring little boy, who loves cheese, orange soda, any kind of ball and yo-yos.
My daughter and her children live with me and I am the caretaker for my 3 grandkids. For someone who has been disabled with fibromyalgia for 20 years I have some pretty challenging days caring for them. This summer they turn 8, 7 (that one is today) and 5.
Even on the roughest days I am so very grateful for the blessing of being here to not only help my daughter with their care, but that I get to have wonderful relationships with these 3 wonderful little people.
I never took the time when my kids were this age to really pay attention to their developing personalities. I have wonderful relationship with my adult children and am so proud of who they have grown to be. But there were too many more important things that I though needed to be done every day for me to just sit and watch or listen to them. I had to work, clean, cook, make sure they had everything that I thought they needed. Also, when my son was 7 was the year that my fibro started showing itself, so I was in crazy weird amounts of pain with no understanding (even as an LPN) of what was going on with my own body..
These kids have been living in my house for a little over 6 years now. And I have taken the time to watch their personalities grow. These three are awesome. I love just watching and listening too them. They are some of the things that I am so crazy grateful for every single day!
There was a time in my life when I wasn’t grateful. Since I got clean I have learned to use gratitude to my advantage. Gratitude helps me stay positive, it turns everyday things into glorious things, it helps fight off self-pity and depression. I have worked hard to make gratitude a part of my daily life and it works well for me.
I hope that all of you are having a good day. And if not, I hope that you can find at least a few things to be grateful for. I believe that there is always, always something to be grateful for if I look.
Have a wonderful evening!