Thankful for the ordinary times

I like Thanksgiving.  It’s a non-flashy, non-commericialized holiday that is all about good food, good people, and gratitude.  And football, of course, if you go for that kind of thing.  (As the mother of two boys, I find that I am going for it more than ever before.)

I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry for this holiday.  Like many moms, too often I view the average day as something to be gotten through as quickly and painlessly as possible rather than as a treasure chest of small blessings.  I need to be reminded that this is my life: this, right here, right now.  It may be loud and messy and at times overwhelming, but there is a sweetness about these years as a mom of young children … and in the course of an average day, there are so many things for which to be grateful, if I have the eyes to see them.

In the spirit of that, I offer you this beautiful video by Catholic singer/songwriter Marie Bellet.  I’m sure there isn’t a mom alive who can’t relate to it.  Every time I watch it, I end up crying (in a good way).  May we all be thankful for the blessings of ordinary time, not just this Thursday, but every day.

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