I always pray with the kids before bed, and usually my question is "What are you thankful for today?" Sometimes the answers are pretty standard, like "My mommy and daddy, " and sometimes they think of something special that happened to them that day. For the longest time Jackson was a broken record, night after night thankful that "Daddy go to work." I think it had something to do with his softy mommy allowing him to keep the door on his bedroom open at night, whereas Daddy usually had him close it. So you see, he had it figured out, if Daddy was working in the evening that meant Mommy let him keep his door open. Smart boy. Lately though he has changed things up on us, and his "thankfuls" have become a sort of breathless rant that leaves me and the girls in giggles. It goes something like this . . .
"I'm thankful for books--and the library--and Papa Roy's combine--and tractors--and the farm--and Rissy--and Bella--and the Magic School Bus--and Cubbies (that's what he calls going to the same babysitting room at church as Marissa and Isabella)--and Larry Boy--and animals--and the zoo--and the seals--and the goats . . . I LOVE CAMELS!!!!" I have probably forgotten another ten things he mentioned. It seems whatever he sees, or whatever pops into his head gets spouted off. It's pretty funny. But you know, he isn't so far off, there is an awful lot to be thankful for, and sometimes we overlook the everyday blessings. If only we all looked at things in a similar way . . .
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