Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! 

I am so thankful for all that we have, for each other, and for all of life's little wonders. I'm grateful for our friends and our family. I'm grateful for a roof over our heads. I'm thankful for only wondering "what" we will eat at the next meal and not "if" we will eat. 

We are so abundantly blessed with everyday necessities that some days I have taken them for granted. 

As I laid in bed last night after getting Emmajean back to sleep for the third time, after a diaper change, two trips to the kitchen (once for food and once for water), I felt a surge of emotion. First I was exhausted and just glad she finally fell asleep. Next, a sense of relief rushed in that I was able to pinpoint what was wrong with our little one who is normally so easy to calm. She hadn't eaten much for supper and she was just hungry and thirsty, which was odd for her, but made for an easy solution. As she settled into a calm sleep, gratitude poured over me. A peace that even though our precious baby was hungry for a  few minutes and couldn't sleep, that I was able to quickly remedy the situation with clean water and something fresh from the fridge to fill her sweet tummy... basic necessities.

I've always been thankful for what we have and so saddened by the hunger and evil of the world, but this glimmer of what it was like to see my own child hungry gave me a new awareness. I was unable to go back to sleep until I thought about what I could do, any of us could do; it's such a huge problem. I immediately prayed for all of those mothers (and fathers) in this shared planet of ours who struggle to feed their babies, and I went to bed and woke up feeling this extra need to help those who are hungry. I'll be donating to our local food shelves and seeking other ways to help, too. I thought in the meantime, I'd encourage each of you to do the same. 

There are so many things to be grateful for in each of our lives, and the ability to share with those who may not be as fortunate is something to be thankful for.  

We never know what path lies ahead, but I'm going to do what I can today. 

 Will you join me and
 volunteer, share, and/or donate this holiday season?
I would love to hear your ideas for giving back!


  1. Thoughtful post, Jillian. "Basic necessities" are what comes to mind this time of year. Besides the Shepherd of the Hills I chose hurricane relief -Adopt a family in Puerto. My confirmation class helped me shop and wrote letters to the Elder recipients I was assigned. You are right, we are blessed. It is not enough but it will help.

    1. Thank you for reading and for sharing. I love the way you are giving back, what great ideas! If we all do what we can it will add up, for certain. xo