The Gratitude Journal.

A little over a month ago I had a lot of feelings to process. The kids and I were still navigating at home school, we were looking at all options for our next home, while adjusting to life in a new city with the pandemic. The election was winding down, or at least I hoped it was. I could put whatever I wanted into the journal, but every day I had to express thankfulness for something in my life. It was originally slated for November, but as November came to an end, I decided to extend it until the end of December. I have heard it said that gratitude turns what we have into enough, and after the past month and ten days, I must agree.

The Ride.

roadI do a lot of things with my kids in terms of spending time with them and making sure they have experiences that enrich their lives and help them learn to be happy and healthy adults. A lot of times my kids are resistant to a lot of the activities and things I try to do with them, but every now and then there is a glimmer of hope that they appreciate the positive impact I am trying to have in their lives. One of the things we used to do a lot more often when they were younger was going for a ride. Sometimes we’d go to the mountains and go hiking or just a ride into the country to look at the changing seasons or just to calm everybody down and take a break from the screen. Recently, after we had run some errands, Miss A asked if we could go for a ride. It really meant a lot to me that she wanted to have some quiet hang out time because it means that I did something that was good for her that she enjoyed.