's Month of Thankfulness

by Jackie Hershwitz

baby in pumpkin patchAs our members in the United States prepare for Thanksgiving, we'd like to invite you to reflect on the past year and focus on the things we appreciate even if we're only grateful for strength to face challenging times.

Some call it "counting your blessings;" others "take inventory of the positives." You'll find a thought for each day from our members starting on November 1st and continuing through Thanksgiving. Keep this article handy to reference throughout the month.

November 1: Everything!
"God, family, baby, friends, living the dream, opportunities, freedom, being part of mortuary affairs, being able to find humor in chaos, being financially secure, great health, Facebook, this pregnancy site, teachers, digital cameras, cheese, GPS systems, okay...maybe I am going overboard..." ~Renea

November 2: Our Thanksgiving Baby
"I'm thankful for the birth and amazing first year with my beautiful daughter, who was my Thanksgiving Day gift last year. She has forever changed my life." ~C.G.

November 3: The Opportunity to See My Children Grow, Stretch and Create
"I am thankful for looking. Looking at my children as they grow, stretch, and create themselves. They are so young and are already amazing people. I am thankful that I get to experience life outside of myself through the beauty that is child." ~Christina

November 4: A Job I Love
"I am thankful for my profession as a sign language interpreter! Working for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and facilitating communication is a joy I never knew would become a passion of mine! So grateful!" ~Tamara

November 5: Family, Faith and Motherhood
"I'm thankful for my children and my husband. Also thankful for my faith that kept me strong during my struggles to become a mother." ~Jenn

November 6: A New Perspective
"I'm thankful for my sweet little boy who has given me perspective on the important things in life. I'm thankful for my husband, who I have become closer to as we discuss, decide, and support each other on raising our little boy. I'm grateful for my religion, which gives us direction in a world of chaos." ~Marie

November 7: Our Miracle
"I am thankful for my husband who is an eight year brain cancer survivor. I am thankful for my three-year-old son and my baby boy who could arrive any day now!" ~Robin

November 8: Food and Shelter
"I'm thankful, first and foremost, for my beautiful family. I am thankful that we are all healthy, that both my husband and I have jobs that provide food and shelter for our children, and that God has blessed us with more than we deserve." ~Holly

November 9: Friends and Family
"I'm thankful for friends and family who have supported us in times of loss, rejoiced in times of celebration, and put up with me in times of wacky hormonal mood swings." ~IndianaJones

November 10: My Husband, My Best Friend
"I'm thankful for a husband that is truly my best friend and the best dad I could ask for. I'm thankful for a job that I love and that allows me to be home a lot and give my kids the kind of life I want to. I'm thankful that God chose to bless us six times with the most amazing, crazy, unique kids ever! I am so proud to be their mom and it is such a blessing to watch them grow into little people." ~Heidi

November 11: A Birth Mom's Selfless Gift
"Cart and I have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. We are definitely thankful for my friend Jessica for thinking of us when they had to back out of an adoption situation. This allowed us to be presented and chosen by the birth mom. We are definitely thankful for our birth mom Rebecca (name changed) for her selfless gift of choosing adoption instead of abortion for her child." ~K

November 12: My Birth Board
"I am so thankful for the friends I have made on my birth board. We have been together now for more than 3 years, and we are a family. We are all blessed by having each other, we have gone through good and bad together and no matter what it's an incredible place to be able to go to know you will be understood, and amazing advice or just hugs will be handed out. I am also so incredibly grateful for my three amazing girls." ~3inpink

November 13: The Chance to Grow
"I'm grateful for challenges this year. Without those, none of us would never become the person we're meant to be." ~Selene

November 14: The Beauty Around Us
"I also have so much to be thankful for! My two babies, especially the littlest one who arrived after we thought we'd never have another. I'm also so thankful for my beautiful home and the warm autumn we've been having!" ~MysticalMomma

November 15: Trying to Conceive!
"My husband and I are (FINALLY!) on the same page about starting our family. Beginning this journey to trying to conceive is exciting, filled with hope, and trust me -- we both are "thankful" for the fringe benefits! *wink*" ~Dana

November 16: Community on
"I'm thankful for the amazing compassionate spirit, friendships, and even the disagreements that challenge me to learn more -- all that are found here throughout!" ~Lynn

November 17: Employment in a Tough Economy
"I'm thankful my husband and I both still have our jobs. He was actually laid off two weeks after we found out I was pregnant but somehow his employers managed to find another position for him in the company." ~AmberBella

November 18: Vacation Days!
Our family is extremely thankful for those all too rare days off together. We may/may not be able to afford a getaway, but even those "stolen moments" make for some magical memories that I know we'll treasure forever! ~Rebecca

November 19: The Good AND the Bad
"I am thankful for the good things and the bad things that I have been through. I had to learn with the good comes the bad and you can make it through! I am thankful for my husband and all my kids! ~mommyin...

November 20: My Life!
"I have a lot to be thankful for! Definitely thankful for the health of my children! I am also thankful for my husband, my home, friends who are actually more like family, and most of all my Jesus!" ~Belinda

November 21: Ability to "Pay it Forward"
"Last year our family was hit hard by loss of employment and a series of "Murphy's Law" pounding us hard with financial hardship. We were so grateful for the help we received that helped us keep food on the table, heat in our home, and the mortage paid. This year we were blessed with a new job that has enabled us to "catch up" and now we are helping a grandmother who unexpectedly is now left with 3 young kids. We still don't have much but have a new perspective on what "giving"is to others. Thank you God for enabling us the means to "pay it forward." ~Megan

November 22: Imagination!
"Over the years, I've grown more thankful for the gift of imagination that I've shared with my growing family. Together we have traveled to far away places, through time, and met unlimited characters...some that never existed before we dreamed them." ~Gina

November 23: These Precious Years
"I am thankful that my dad (almost 84) and mom (in her 70's) are still here to enjoy their time with us! I am thankful for my husband of eight years who is my rock. I am also thankful for my children -- Jack who is almost two, and the baby who is due on 11/21. They bring such joy and love into our lives." ~Anne

November 24: A Full Cup
"I am thankful for the amazing blessing to be a stay-at-home-mom, and the financial blessings that keep appearing (in the nick of time!) to make it possible!
I am thankful for a husband who loves and supports me and his children.
I am thankful for my family, even though we hardly see one another that love is tangible.
I am thankful for health -- for myself, my kids, my hubby and my family.
I am thankful for food (and pray every day that everyone has some, too)!
I am thankful for my friends... oh my wonderful friends. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and thank you for all you do.
I am thankful for humor and laughter. How would you even go a day without it?
I am thankful for my Lord who loves me and keep me in His arms. And keeps my family and friends.
I am thankful for so much.
My babies have got to top that list. Each sweet little human being. All their goods, all their bads, all their trouble and every sweet moment. Because of them I know what I am here for, what I am good at, and what my purpose is." ~Joee

We wish all of you all have a heartfelt and wondrous Thanksgiving! We're thankful for each and every one of YOU! What tops your "thankfulness list"? Share what's special to you in the comments.

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