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.

In the last couple of years, we’ve also lost some friends and family…not from those arguments, but from the passage of time and from the rapid progress of illness. Every beautiful soul that passes takes a little piece of our hearts, and we strive to remember the amazing glow they brought to us as they’ve enriched our time on this earth. We want to be sure we can honour them and their lives in our own lives moving forward, and remember the lessons they’ve taught us.

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 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 or older children 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 kids 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.

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.

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.

 

Join Our Gratitude Gathering: Share Your Blessings with Us!

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings in our lives, both big and small. As we gather around the table and celebrate the season of gratitude, we’re reminded of the incredible power that blessings hold.

aIn the spirit of this special holiday, we invite you to join us in spreading the joy of gratitude. Share with us the blessings you’re counting this Thanksgiving in the comments below. Whether it’s the warmth of family gatherings, the beauty of autumn leaves, or the simple pleasures of a cozy sweater and hot cocoa, your blessings matter.


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