In one of the many faith-based books I've been reading lately (and I can't even remember which one because I've read so many), the author said that essentially "buts" had no place in gratitude. Everything is done in God's design, and you should strive to be grateful for the lesson or experience, even if not the actual event or thing.
And while I totally get the need for unconditional gratitude - it's such an important practice - I don't think the author was right. Because I have quite a few "buts" when it comes to the major things I'm thankful for. And I thought I'd share them with you.
I'm grateful for B and Luna, my precious little family we've created, but I'm also ridiculously grateful for the loving and supportive family I grew up in.
I'm grateful for my extended in-laws, especially my herd of cousins who have welcomed me with open arms, but I also love my extended family and cousins of birth.
I'm thankful for the incredible adventures and experiences we've had this year, but I'm also happy to be settled back at home.
I'm grateful I have a new job that I absolutely love, but I'm also really thankful it's part-time because I like having time to breathe and just be a wifey...and...um...to read.
And I'm grateful for all of you. No "buts" there. Thanks to all of you who have followed along with our adventures this year and who are kind enough to continue following along even though we're not nearly as exciting as we were this summer. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours - may your day be full of food, family, fun, and warmth!
love and gratitude,
E & B