In a homeschooling house full of 7 kids & 3 guniea pigs....there is never a dull moment! A lot of people show genuine concern for us and want to know how we are doing, as the road we've left behind was not a pleasant one. So, here I am, to tell some of our stories...share some of our days...and open up a part of our world to you! Come join us on our journey so you won't miss the moments that take our breath away!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge!

We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning." ~ Albert Barnes

I've joined a few friends in a challenge!  Starting on November 1, each day until Thanksgiving, we are sharing things we are thankful for. 

Everyone needs to often stop and think of their blessings.  Even during the worst of times, I have always tried to teach my children that there are still things in which we should be thankful for.  At times, it is difficult to notice even the smallest things which we are thankful for.  November is a nice time to reflect on all the things that often go unnoticed by even our own hearts.  Join me this month and reflect for a few minutes each day, remind yourself and share with others what you are thankful for :)

Day 24 ~  Today, I am so very THANKFUL for my very brave and courageous daughter who was strong enough for the truth to be known! I am thankful for the judicial system that I feared would fail me and my children. Three years ago today, my husband had just begun serving his life sentence paying for the horrific crimes he committed against at least one of my children. I am thankful for the jury who served and had to endure such a difficult trial. Every day that monster spends in that prison is a day I will be thankful for!

Day 23 ~ Today, I am thankful for the ability to stock our kitchen with such wonderful food! It is quite an expense to feed a family of our size and we are so blessed with the capability to do so! I'm also thankful for not having to take all of my children to the store when I shop for all of that food!

Day 22 ~ Today, I am thankful for my home.  It's not the nicest place to those who look and quickly judge!  But, those who are too blind to see the love and happiness that fills our home are really missing what this place called "home" is really made of.  It's not about the surroundings or the outer's what comes from within that makes our house our home!  Those who judge and look down on me for not having a nicer place to live, must forget about what brought us here in the first place.  I couldn't be more thankful that I left that wonderful "house" with the white picket fence to make this place my "home".  Yes...I am very thankful for my home!

Day 21 ~ Today, I am thankful for my wonderful homeschooling friends and Falcon who is currently winding down my rambunctious trio then tucking them into bed tonight since I am quite under the weather. I am also thankful for our Fabulous Family Friday's and even though I don't feel good, I can't wait to chill and watch movies with my family.

Day 20 ~ Today, I am thankful for my determination to not give up and that I finally got a Dentist on call that had a bit of compasion for my son. I'm thankful for the prescription pain meds that will hopefully ease his pain.
Day 19 ~ Today, I am thankful for my wonderful boyfriend who has taken care of me and has done a lot of things to help me because I have not been feeling well the past few days.

Day 18 ~ Today, I am thankful for my precious Bubs! Not that I am not thankful for ALL of my children, but they do all have something different that they offer and lessons that they teach you! Bubba simply amazes me with his happiness! Even when he is feeling uneasy and he knows you are nervous too, he can bring you to a smile with his sillyness!

Day 17 ~ Today, I am thankful for my children (and my angel babies too)!  I am blessed beyond words!

Day 16 ~ Today, I am thankful for our pets who add so much joy to our lives.

Day 15 ~ Today, I am thankful for those who fight or have fought for our freedom!

Day 14 ~ Today, I am thankful for my families willingness to try new things :)

Day 13 ~ Today, I am thankful for my son's ability to make me see past the many challenges that come with raising an Autistic child. I'm also thankful for my friends and family who are understanding and supportive during the daily struggles that we often face.

Day 12 ~ Today, I am thankful for the capability, patience and freedom to be able to stay at home and school my children.  I am so blessed to be able to provide them an environment in which they can thrive and learn!  The sky is the limit and the world is their classroom!  I am also very thankful for the flexibility that comes with homeschooling, since we spend many days in the hospital!

Day 11 ~ Today, I am thankful for our health care coverage!! In the last week, Emu has had a prescription for pain meds and antibiotics, he went to his pediatrician for a pre-op physical, he had surgery, went to his ear specialist for a check up, got a referal for a speech evaluation (due to his speech impediment and permanant hearing loss) and has had a daily injection of growth hormone.  Macaw got her first pair of glasses.  Eagle went to his pediatrician for knee & leg pain and his lung condition has been managed by his use of many daily medications.  Hawk went to his eye specialist and needed a new pair of glasses (just 6 months after getting his first pair).  Cardinal has been pain free because of her special inserts in her shoes that align her ankles and thanks to her glasses, she can see where she is walking and Duckling has been able to hear because of her Ponto and she too has glasses!  Imagine what a year looks like for us!   

Each day, I will add to this post as I countdown to Thanksgiving!
Cardinal has joined in on the countdown :)
Join Us!
What are YOU thankful for?

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