Colin and I have a sign hanging in our kitchen, with a message that constantly reminds us: “There is always, always, always, something to be thankful for.”
Despite it’s grammatical incorrectness, this simple saying contains a very powerful message. No matter what we are going through in life, we always, always, ALWAYS, have something for which to be thankful. Whether in a really deep valley, or high on a mountain top, every one of us can dig deep in our hearts and find we are grateful for something (probably many things).
This Thanksgiving, I am particularly thankful for my dear family and friends. Colin and I have been overwhelmed by the support, encouragement, and congratulations for our adoption news. After carrying our grief for so long, it is such a sweet relief to share with others, even though it is scary to be so open about our personal life. My mama recently reflected on the day that Colin and I told her and my dad about our struggles. She said they could visibly see the weight lifted off of us; it was immediately evident in our demeanor that we felt more free. It’s true: when one shares their burden with others, the load becomes lighter and much easier to bear.
So I am thankful for family and friends who are walking through this journey alongside Colin and me, making our burden lighter. It is amazing to see what has happened in even just a few days of publicly sharing our story, and I am so excited to see where this goes, especially knowing that there are many people offering encouragement, support, and prayers.
This Thanksgiving Day, be sure to take a few minutes to think about what makes you thankful, and express your gratefulness to others and to God.
There is always, always, always, something to be thankful for.