Welcome to the November 2012 Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Gratitude and Traditions
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by Authentic Parenting and Living Peacefully with Children. This month our participants have written about gratitude and traditions by sharing what they are grateful for, how they share gratitude with their children, or about traditions they have with their families. The Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival will be taking a break in December, but we hope you will join us for the great line up of themes we have for 2013!
This has been in some ways a difficult time emotionally for me, for many reasons. To sit down for an hour or so and think carefully about what I am grateful for is soul nourishing and healing, it is just what the doctor ordered! It helps to put life into perspective, to feel an inner happiness which at times we can all forget. There is just so much to be grateful for in my life, which must be a good thing! Perhaps the best way is in a summarised list format, so it isn’t too long;
– For having a child, the most beautiful, life-changing event of my life. Every day I give thanks for his life, and for being able to share so much of my time with him. As he grows up into his own little person, this becomes more and more apparent, as I see him moving out further into the world I treasure the times he turns around inwardly to seek my support.
– For having a house and garden to live in; having travelled and seen a lot of the world, I am more aware of the huge amount that we do have in the West, and to try not to take all this for granted. Even within my own country there is so much poverty. I am so grateful for the house we live in, our beautiful, huge garden, and for the lake and surrounding countryside which is on our doorstep. All this I love to share each day with my little boy, especially being so close to nature, hearing the owls hooting at night and the geese on the lake, seeing the bats flying by, watching the autumn leaves falling from the trees. Continue reading My little gratitude list