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Best of: Thankful Thoughts

Giving thanks

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When do you stop and think about all that you are thankful for?

How often do you count your blessings?

Of course, Thanksgiving is always a good excuse to reflect, but we don’t have to wait until the actual holiday to consider all of the people and things in our lives that we appreciate.

We’ve decided to add a thankful thought to our site every day leading up to Thanksgiving.

And once we’re on a roll, it just might be something we get in the habit of doing even more frequently. After all, it’s a great way to begin or end any day, and a wonderful tradition to share with a child.

We are thankful for…

children who crave love more than perfection

crisp fall nights where darkness falls early and there’s a pot of homemade soup on the stove

a child who is willing to share his hard-earned stockpile of Snickers

being an optimist. Even when I’m at my lowest, if I just give myself some time, I’m always able to find that silver lining

friends, mine and my children’s

daylight savings time (we needed that extra hour this weekend!)

that gas prices are dropping (for now)

that my two older children embrace the titles of “big brother” and “big sister” so readily and happily

the chance to make the most of a new day

episodes of Blue’s Clues free on demand from my cable company (my 2-year-old is a huge fan!)

the troops (current and past) who have had to leave behind their own families to protect ours

long weekends away with my husband

that my husband has made a family tradition out of his big Sunday morning breakfasts

my children’s teachers (past and present) for helping shape who they are becoming

that my daughter has a knack for memorizing songs and singing them in the sweetest voice ever

that my son got a new book today and hasn’t been able to put it down

having family to depend upon

great report cards (and the kids that earned them)

that I can still raid my mom’s closet

friends who help you out in a pinch

a sunroom that doubles as an indoor playground so the kids can still burn off energy even when the temperature outside take a dip

my family — my husband who makes me laugh every day and my children who taught me the true meaning of unconditional love

that the guy who misread my signals 18 years ago today decided to ask me out on a date anyway

…not to mention that we are thankful to you for being a part of We Are Both Right, and would love for you to help our list grow by adding your thankful thoughts below.