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November 2nd, 2016

Fostering Gratitude

*I wrote this a few years ago, but thought I’d bring it forward again for the holidays 🙂

A couple months ago, when the kids were complaining about some trivial things, my husband, Mike got out a huge piece of paper and announced we were going to make a gratitude list. We sat around as a family and thought of over a hundred things for which we are grateful. Then we posted it on the wall for awhile.

We’ve found that we need to remind our children often of all we have, especially when they start using a more demanding tone and expecting to get things they want without working for them. We adults can fall into this trap as well, so it’s good for us all to remind each other that we have so many blessings.

One of the best ways to do this is through service. We’ve taken our kids to South America to help them understand what they have and the value of serving those less fortunate. But you don’t have to go to a third world country to accomplish this. Experience in service can be just as powerful when it’s close to home. I try to keep my eyes open for opportunities to help people and involve my children.

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Here’s a video of my boys singing a beautiful song about sharing, that almost made me cry when I heard them sing it at their school. And below you can see the items we put on our list of 100 blessings.

New toys
Stuff
Loving husband
Fun baby
Priesthood blessings
Umbrellas
Holy ghost
Exuberant siblings
Testimony of the gospel
Clothing
Food
The earth
Loving family
Flowers
Convenient transportation (cars)
Work/income
Comfortable home
Beds to sleep in
Schools
Children
Music
Senses
Plants/Oxygen
Books
Our bodies
Washer and dryer
Refrigerator
Freezer
Stove
Oven
Dishwasher
Computers
Stores
Cell phones
Parents
Grandparents
Shoes
Jesus Christ
His example
His teachings
His atonement
TV
Closets
Pictures
Church
Church programs
Temples
Prophets
Furniture
The scriptures
Planes
Electricity
Lights
Fireplaces
Trees
Steps
Wheels and tires
Gum
Electronics
Chairs
Remotes
County fairs
Community
Instruments
Fingernails
Rocks
Soil
Clouds
Doors
Pets
Chickens
Water
Cameras
Ice
Movies
Magazines
Living in our generation
Missionaries
LIFE
Discs-CDs/DVDs
Good people
Cupboards and drawers
Windows
Clocks
Shelves
Running water
Warm showers
Indoor plumbing
Statues
Repentance
Forgiveness
The bible
Bottles
Medicine/ home health
Garden/ fruit trees
Ability to generate income
Baskets
Great friends
Teachers
God’s plan of happiness
Dentists
Space camp
Personalities
Funny jokes
Bicycles
Elevators
Hugs
Kisses
Apples
Vacuums
Wet wipes
Maps

112 blessings!

How do you remind your family of your blessings?

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