Gratitude on Mother’s Day

My husband and I aren’t big on exchanging gifts of tangible things, so Mother’s Day at our house has historically been about gifting time and attention. It’s a day where we typically do what I feel like doing. As such, I probably could have lounged in bed this morning reading, while my dear husband cleaned up and braced himself for a trip to the nursery to go flower shopping, which is something that he doesn’t enjoy, but will do without complaining on this special day. IMG_1249

Instead, surprisingly what I found myself most wanting to do at 5:30AM this morning when I was awakened by the chirping birds outside my window, was express gratitude. As many of you who have been readers for a while know, the expression of gratitude is core to my being. If I’m having a bad day, it helps me turn things around and if I’m having a great day it can buoy me up even more. So, instead of sleeping in, I found myself at my desk composing a gratitude list as the sun rose and having fun finding pictures to accompany it.  I hope you appreciate it and it encourages you to consider what you’re grateful for this morning.

This Mother’s Day morning I’m grateful for:

  • The opportunity to share this day with both my mother and my mother-in-law, two very special women and fantastic moms who I love very much
  • The memory of my grandmother who was one of the most influential women in my life and who I think about fondly each day as I use a spoon that belonged to her or place something in one of the wooden boxes she had that are now mine
    My Grandma

    My Grandma

  • A two-day visit from my son and being able to spend this morning helping him get ready to head back to college for summer semester
  • The promise of seeing my other son who will soon be home from college to spend the summer with us
  • My husband, a wonderfully patient man I adore, who puts up with a lot in our crazy household
  • A loving and caring sister who is the best mother I know and who even though her children are much younger, serves as a mothering role model for me
  • Amazing clients and readers, many of whom are mothering children, aging parents and/or relatives, and all of whom who are working to better themselves and their situations
  • Caring friends, who like my sister, serve as mother role models and over the years have provided a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on when mothering was most challenging AND who have also been there to celebrate the mothering “wins” with
  • Most importantly, the blessing of being mother to two amazing young men who are finding their way in the world and who I am incredibly proud of

What are you most grateful for this Mother’s Day?  I’d love to hear.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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8 Responses to “Gratitude on Mother’s Day”

  1. Amy May 10, 2015 3:14 pm #

    Love your message today. I am thankful for all the amazing women in my life (including you!). Thank you for all of your great ideas, guidance and and friendship through the years.

    • Andrea Sharb May 10, 2015 4:53 pm #

      Right back at you! Hope you’re having a Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Linda Samuels May 10, 2015 4:54 pm #

    What a beautiful post, Andrea! How lovely that you began your day thinking about all that you’re grateful for.

    There’s so much to be grateful for. Today, I was especially grateful for having a lovely day with my Mom. We enjoyed singing, walking, talking, laughing, eating frozen yogurt, and just hanging out together in a relaxed, non-rush way.

    Special Happy Mother’s Day wishes to you!

    • Andrea Sharb May 10, 2015 7:34 pm #

      Linda, so glad to hear you enjoyed what sounds like a wonderful day with your mom! Happy Day!

  3. Ellen Delap May 10, 2015 11:36 pm #

    As you know I am all about gratitude! Every day I love to find small and big things I am grateful for.

    I am grateful for a sunny day, rainbows, family to share time with, colleagues and friends to laugh with, and most especially my dear husband who I share each precious moment.

    Thank you for this post to remind us about being grateful.

    • Andrea Sharb May 11, 2015 7:50 am #

      Ellen, nice to hear that you appreciated the reminder. Thank you in return for the reminder that there are both small and big things to be grateful for. : )

  4. Janet Greene May 11, 2015 11:35 am #

    After reading Andrea’s blog regarding gratitude on Mother’s Day, I am especially grateful to be her mother. My day was wonderful because I could spend it with her.

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