My oldest turns NINE today. I distinctly remember being nine, and I’m not sure how in the WORLD I have a nine-year-old. But I checked her birth certificate against today’s date and sure enough, December 2, 2000 to December 2, 2009 equals nine whole years. Yowzers. Seems like just yesterday my water broke three weeks before my due date…
Livi’s middle name is Joy, and sure enough, she brings untold joy to our little fam. She reminds me much, much of me (which is both delightful and terrifying) but certainly isn’t a carbon copy of her mama. Lots of her daddy in there too.
She brought home a little paper from school today that made me smile. The teacher gave them some famous quotes about “being thankful” with some words missing and they had to fill in the blanks. (Livi’s writing is in bold, and the actual quote is in parentheses.)
And goodness knows, even though we’re only a few days removed from Thanksgiving Day, I could sure use a reminder to be thankful.
Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without greediness. (forgetting) –Anonymous
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to love others. (live by them) –JFK
A family is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world. (contented mind) –Joseph Addison
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the most awesome. (parent of all the others) –Cicero
Nothing is more honorable than having a family. (a grateful heart) –Seneca
Be Thankful (A Poem)
Be thankful that you don’t have everything you desire. If you did, would you be spoiled? (what would there be to look forward to)
Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it will be a lesson. (gives you the opportunity to learn)
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you should ask for help. (grow)
Be thankful for your limitations because they give you advantages. (opportunities for improvement)
Be thankful for each new challenge because it could help you in your future. (will build your strength and character)
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you later on. (teach you valuable lessons)
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary because you could need rest. (it means you’ve made a difference)
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are nice to you. (also thankful for the setbacks)
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for school bullys (your troubles) and they can become your friends (blessings).
Livi picked Chili’s for her birthday dinner, so we’ll head there pretty much right after they get home from school to beat the crowds. Then back home for presents and singing and Strawberry Stuff (yum!).
Happy Birthday, beautiful Livi! We love you!
If you want to leave a birthday greeting for Livi in the comments, I’ll print them all out and give them to her with her gifts.