We say the word ‘thankful’ nearly every day. It seems common place, just a regular word that is used in our household. Everyone here is thankful for something different. My youngest is thankful for chocolate and legos. My middle child is thankful that his teacher who he adores took a job at his new school this year. My oldest child is often thankful for books.

This post is supposed to be about what we are thankful for. There is more than can ever be put to words. But I decided to ask my kids about things they are thankful for.

Youngest child is thankful for having a good family, friends, toys, and his puppy.

Middle child is thankful that his audition went well, he is looking forward to seeing if he got the part he wants.

Oldest child is thankful family, books, and food to eat, and being able to go to church.

Now, I am thankful that my family is still together. That my parents are still healthy. I am thankful that my sister has become my best friend because growing up, with a 10 year age difference, we did not always get along. We have a place to live, we have all the basic needs, we have each other, and we have our Lord Jesus Christ who saved us.

Thankfulness for us is not a one day a year thing. Neither is giving to those who have less than ourselves. My daughter has gone out of her way to raise money for those who lost their homes in the Philippines more than once. She enjoys helping others. My oldest son goes over to a school and helps younger kids with their reading,  then he tells me or someone else if he sees someone without a hat, gloves, or scarf because he worries about them.

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, many people will be gathered around with family and loved ones. Others do not have the chance to do that. I am thankful for all the soldiers who are overseas not able to spend this holiday with their loved ones so that they can help to protect myself and my loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to Thankfulness

  1. What a nice family, Angie! I wish you and yours all the best for Thanksgiving and always.


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    You’re raising sensitive, well-grounded children. Definitely something to be thankful for! Hope the middle child gets the part he wants – I understand the agony of waiting. Have an awesome Thanksgiving, Angie.


    • Thank you Patty. He did not get the part he wanted but we were informed that they tend to save the speaking roles for the eighth and seventh graders. Nobody I’ve talked to recalls a 6th grader getting speaking role. But he was very happy to get a part in the chorus, especially since he has never sung in front of anyone but us until the audition.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    beautifully expressed


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