#TopFiveFridays — 5 Blessings We’re Counting This Thanksgiving

It isn’t always easy to be completely committed to gratitude these days. There’s a lot going on in the world that’s scary and distracting. Every second we’re awake, some new soundbite is clawing at our attention, while we get caught up in the most divisive arguments online with people we’ve always considered our friends.

Meanwhile, at home we still have all the day-to-day challenges that families face. Kids need attention. Cleaning needs attention. Work needs attention. Our health needs attention. Self-care and family care seem to sap our energy and our efforts at home almost as much as the noise and static of the outside world.

And yet, in the midst of all of that, we have this amazing weekend that comes around every fall. A chance to…no, a reason to take a pause, look at the bounty we’ve built in our lives, and really soak it all in. It reminds us that we’re here for a short time, and that these fleeting family moments are vital to our energy, our breath, and our spirits.

This fall, this Thanksgiving, after a hectic and sometimes harrowing year with more than a few incidents we’d care not to have to relive any time soon, we’ve been given pause to reflect and really give conscious thought to the things we’re truly thankful for. And we’re just as thankful that we’re able to share it with you, our readers, and hope we can inspire some of you to reflect on your most important moments with gratitude and joy.

Health

It goes without saying that if you don’t have your health, you really don’t have much. After the baby was born in January, we suffered through a string of health-related difficulties that really put our mettle to the test.

Emotionally, physically, socially, and even financially, there can be a lot strains that health issues put on a young family. We’re very fortunate — beyond fortunate — that all the health issues we had to deal with this year ended with positive outcomes, and we’re ready to kick 2019’s butt with a new lease on life. But what we learned through it all is that you absolutely cannot take good health for granted.

Take good care of yourself first, and ensure that you’re prepared for things that could go off track. You just never know how quickly your life can turn, and we want to be sure that as we count our blessings this weekend, we pay a special note of thanks to our continued good health.

Family

Family is important at the best of times. When there’s a new baby in the mix, family becomes indispensable.
Yes, the baby is a part of the family, and an expression of the growth of all of our love together. But here, we’re really talking about the incredible value of having our parents, sisters, aunts, and even older daughter around to help out.

Through happy times and trying times, there’s nothing that compares to the love and support of a close-knit family, and we’re beyond grateful for these amazing people we’re lucky enough to call ours!

Love

Love is arguably the most vulnerable, yet comforting feeling in the entire world. It can also be a little scary because of that vulnerability. But that’s what’s so important about it: when you’re able to let go of yourself and just be immersed in love, miraculous things happen.

There isn’t much we can say about love that better writers haven’t already said. But to us, it’s about support, security, and knowing that there’s someone there to lift you up when things get tough and carry you through to the other side. And there’s a special purpose in having someone to do that for as well.

People say that love is a 50/50, give and take. It’s not. It’s a 100/100 give and give. And we like it like that.

Good Food

There is no debating that we’re die-hard foodies. We are always searching out and trying new flavour combinations and recipes. For us, food is what brings us all together.

We all have different languages of love. Some people like to lavish praise. Others like to create comfortable nests. Still others like to give meaningful gifts. But we all express love in the meals we share and prepare. All of the best times of our lives are centred around food, and when it’s made with love and attention, there’s no denying it’s the one love language we all share.

It doesn’t just nourish the body, although that’s a big part of it. It also nourishes the heart, the soul, the creative spirit, and the home.

Nature

We are blessed to be living in Canada where we are surrounded by some of the most spectacular natural scenes in the world. We make sure to get outside and walk every day and pay special attention to our natural world. Not only does this help with our physical and mental health, it acts as a very powerful reminder of just how miraculous Mother Earth truly is.

 

aWhat blessings are you counting this Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments!

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