Gratitude for Heavy Blessings

I am kind of sad to say that the Attitude of Gratitude series has come to an end. It’s been an amazing few weeks or sharing. I have received numerous emails from women, recounting the ways this series has touched their lives and hearts. I am so grateful to Vanessa, Lisa, Jenn, Solange, Kristin, Denise, Brandy, Kate, Amy, Noelle, Laurie, Korrie, Pamela, Rhonda and Kristen. Each of these ladies poured their hearts out and shared a little piece of their life’s journey with us. One of the greatest blessings in life, as women, is to be able to lift each other up and to know that we aren’t alone, and I think we did just that. To read all of the posts, click here.

For my gratitude post, I have a story to share with you.

It was a Sunday morning last December, and my children had been getting on my nerves all morning. They get on my nerves pretty much every morning, but today was especially trying. I was sharing this with my good friend at church and she smiled and joked, “Our children are such a blessing. But sometimes those blessings get kind of heavy to carry, don’t they? Almost like burdens!”

That same day at my church, was our Angel Tree Christmas party. This was the second year we had worked with this particular ministry group for our angel tree. If you haven’t heard of Angel Tree ministry, you can read more about it here.

“Angel Tree is a Prison Fellowship program that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. In most cases, local church volunteers purchase and deliver gifts and the Gospel to children in the name of their prisoner-parent.”

Each year, our church sets up a tree with paper angel ornaments. The angels each hold the name of a child and a gift they would like for Christmas. Each child has two angels on the tree, one requesting a clothing gift, the other, a toy.

Members of the congregation choose an angel and purchase and wrap the gift. The last Sunday before Christmas, the group puts together a Christmas party for the children and a member or two of their family. I offered to help with treats and snacks for the party, as well as decorating the hall, since these were two areas that lacked at last year’s party.

As I watched the children arrive, I began to get emotional. These children and families have very little, and were so grateful for what they were receiving. The hardest part, was knowing that under different circumstances, my own children could have been guests at a party such as this, instead of playing with their friends in the next room.

We had cookie and cupcake decorating, games, and crafts. Our pastor read the Christmas Story and the party was a huge success. The children were each handed their gifts and the smiles were immeasurable. Some were allowed to open one of their gifts, but only one, so they would have something to open Christmas morning.

I thought of my own Christmas tree at home, with numerous gifts for my children beneath it, and in that moment, the weight of those blessings I had been complaining about earlier in the day, felt much lighter.

Wishing you joy, peace, love, and gratitude this holiday season, and every day.

Kristin

Kristin

Owner at Yellow Bliss Road
Hi! I'm Kristin and I'm the creative mind behind Yellow Bliss Road, where you'll find tons of recipes, free printables, and a little decor and DIY thrown in for good measure. Life can be complicated, so I am all about simplifying wherever I can - from food to decor to DIY - because I believe that it doesn't have to be elaborate or extravagant to be amazing. I am a single adoptive mom with a daughter in Preschool and a son in Kindergarten. My kids are a handful, I'm exhausted and most days my house is a mess - and I'm okay with that!
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Comments

  1. Sue says

    I truly enjoyed reading all of your “gratitude” stories this month. They all were so inspiring and reminder to each of us to appreciate the lives that we have and all those we love. You are a beautiful person inside and out, and those little ones of yours are so, so very special!

    Happy Thanksgiving. . .

  2. Alabaster Rose Lifestyle says

    What a beautiful story Kristin!! I know that my children can be trying at times, but when I think about the blessings that we have,that I have, by just having them in my life, I am truly grateful. My children and my husband are the most amazing gifts in my life!
    I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!!
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

  3. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage says

    Kristen I can not begin to tell you how happy it made me to read that your kids get on your nerves every morning! Age two and now three with Levi have been VERY difficult for me! I love and adore him and he brings me so much joy, but he’s also ALOT of work. It helps to know I’m not alone! I wish every moment could be magical and wonderful, but it just isn’t that way. So I am grateful for a mom out there like you who is HONEST!
    This whole series has been awesome! Thank you so much for putting it together!!

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