Skip to main content

Try This At Home

I was standing over a sink full of dirty dishes again and wishing I was doing something else. Been there? My guess is you have. Maybe your bane wasn't dirty dishes, but piles of laundry, a stack of bills, or yet another poopy diaper.

Somewhere along the way I got tired of the sulking and depression that was always looming over my mundane tasks. I began to realize that if my sink was empty it would mean I had not cooked for anyone. Or when I looked at the puddle of pee from my recently potty-trained three year old son, I couldn't help but be glad for him in spite of the mess. And the piles of laundry, although daunting, meant that there was life being lived around me.

Do you see what I am trying to say??? It's time to be thankful! Please try this at home.

The next time you are wallowing in pity about the hours of work involved in raising children or loving your husband, remember to be thankful for them. There are plenty of things to be thankful is you just stop and give yourself some time. Honestly, in spite of the hard work, aren't you glad that you have who and what you have?

If you are reading this, I'd even suspect you have some free time. We have to make a decision to be thankful though. It's easy to see everything that is difficult and burdensome and even just plain gross. But your family is a blessing. Your job (whether it's in the home or out in the city) is a blessing. To have a home to live in, food to eat and clothing to wear is a blessing.

Are you starting to see?

It's all about perspective. Positive perspective makes for a happier life. I like happy and I bet you do too. And that's the kicker: it's up to you! Your life isn't going to change. My guess is you have a pretty spectacular life as it is. You just have to choose to be thankful.

Try it for a week. Be your own scientist and come back to share your results. Don't let it be one more thing on your To-Do List - make this the thing to do!


  1. Hear, hear and what a great reminder. I was recently reading a post written by a mom who lost her daughter. She said how much it pained her to read about other moms complaining about her whining/grumpy kids and how she would give anything to have that back.

    Keep me updated on your list of great things to do the last seven weeks of summer.

  2. Jenna,
    I enjoyed reading your blog so much and your latest is a great reminder of all of the blessings that we overlook in the midst of the mundane chores. Thanks so much for the reminder! Pray all is well with your family!

    Kelli Hohm


Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to comment! Come back again soon.

Popular posts from this blog

Mom Spot: Progressive Pioneer

Here is another blog I've come across in recent weeks. She has gorgeous pictures and her post yesterday was truly fantastic.

"Maine is pretty rainy in the spring.  And I lived in Oregon for awhile and it defines rainy.  So, a little rain rarely puts me in a gray mood.  In fact, this rainy, rainy spring we've been having here in Utah has actually made me feel quite cheerful!  Each rainy day has felt like something of a celebration."

Click HERE to read the entire post - you have to see the photographs! You'll also find all kinds of topics on sustainable and simple living. Enjoy!

Frisco's Wassail Days

I'm so excited to bring you the details of this family event in Frisco, Colorado! Nothing says Christmas like getting up into the beautiful Rocky Mountains and celebrating the holidays nestled in a cozy town with your closest friends and family. Fresh snow. Lighted trees. Sleigh rides. Visits with Santa.
And it all starts with the Santa Dash for Cash - a 1K "fun run" in which all participants must wear Santa gear! The run is TOMORROW and when you register at you will receive a Frisco Santa shirt, a Santa hat and at the end of the run you will receive a stocking full of goodies including Wassail Cash (the official currency of Wassail Days that can be used at local restaurants and retailers) and a FREE pass for a ½ hour of tubing at the Frisco Adventure Park Tubing Hill. What a deal!!

Wassail Days is going on all week long (Dec 3-11). Start a new tradition with this annual event that has something for everyone in your family! (And, if you can&#…

Psalm 16

This Psalm has been blessing me. I pray it will bless you too. Thanks to for making it so easy to share these beautiful words with you.16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.” 3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight. 4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips. 5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my