Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Reflections


Thanksgiving has recently become my favorite holiday. There is no stress in buying gifts for each other, no stress in decorating, it's just a time to be together as a family, enjoy a wonderful meal and reflect on what you are thankful for. Unfortunately, this time of year, I also get caught up in the busyness of the season and I have been very ungrateful lately. I feel like I have been complaining a LOT, when I should be thanking God every single minute for what He has blessed me with.

I have a beautiful, smart, funny, precious baby girl that I am so honored to be her mother. I can't think about what life would be like without her because it's just not possible. I take for granted that she is healthy and strong. So many people have lost their babies, or have sick children in the hospital. My heart breaks for them and I wish Jesus would just come back right now so they wouldn't have to go through any more pain and heartache. Thank you God for a healthy daughter.

I have an amazing husband. Josh is who I want to be like the most. He is patient, kind, giving, wise and all the things I need to be more like. Thank you God for my best friend.

One of these days, I will get the courage to post about my mom, but for right now I will just say that I miss her every single day. There is a void there, and it gets better with time, but a mother and daughter are connected forever and there will always be a little piece of me missing. I wish I could hug her one more time and tell her that I love her. Lately, I have been very jealous of people that have married parents that they are close with. I can't tell you what I would give to have that. That is something that I want to give to Addi. I want to give her stability, and I don't want her to ever worry about me and Josh. I am thankful for Josh's family and how they have become my family too.

I am thankful for friends. Josh teases me all the time about my "blog friends", but some of my twitter friends, and blog friends, that I've never met before, and some I have, but I count them as close friends. It may sound silly, but I have connected with some of these ladies and I go to them for advice and encouragement. My "real life" friends are amazing too. :)

I am thankful to be able to put food on the table. This is something I take for granted, because we've never had to worry about where our next meal is coming from. I forget just how many hungry people there are in our community. It truly breaks my heart to think about a baby or child not having enough to eat. I was challenged by this blog, A Thanksgiving Dinner for Everyone, to do something. To not just sit there and feel sad, but to actually give. I am going to put in a couple calls this afternoon to various churches and see what else we can do to help out. Will you join me in helping out your community this Thanksgiving?

5 comments:

  1. What a heart felt post Ashely! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. What a sweet and wonderful post! Loved it. :)

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  3. This is so beautifully written! It is so easy to get caught up in all the "bad" things we have going on and it's a nice reminder to stop and realize just how lucky we are. Thank you!

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  4. Thanks for sharing Ashley and reminding us that just because we have food, etc. not everyone does. I love my little community as we all make sure each other are fine and help those that need a little help... rather it be a loaf of bread or a check to pay their electric and what is nice they give back in the way they can if it's just babysitting a child or a sick person or working in a yard...or fixing up the church... It's nice to see how it works I wish all communities would be like this than all would be taken care of...If I don't see you enjoy your Thanksgiving and I will wait to share it with your posts...I know I miss my Mom also...So glad she was chosen to be mine... She like you did everything she could to make our Holidays special!!! Love you Josh and Addie...Great Aunt Jean

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  5. I feel so blessed to be one of your "real life" friends. You are a fabulous friend and I love you so much! :D
    This post shows just how amazing and loving you are.

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