This Thanksgiving, I'm concentrating on being grateful for small things because caregiving has taught me that small things are worthy of great gratitude.

Small things are worthy of great gratitude. I know this. You know this. Every parent raising a child with special needs knows this. Even so, I consistently ignore the small blessings God does provide and fixate on the big things I think He should provide.

Are you with me on this? Are you having a hard time coming up with much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving? If you are, I invite you to join in a new holiday tradition.

I call it thinking small.

Instead of wracking your brain for the big things God did for you and your loved ones in the past year, make a list of small things. It took me less than 5 minutes to come up with 10 small things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Here they are.

  1. Mom’s Fabulous Franklin Chex Mix recipe. It is so good!
  2. Grandma Conrad’s Never-Fail Pie Crust recipe. It’s the only pie crust recipe that works every time. And it’s the foundation of pie, my favorite dessert.
  3. The smell of onions and celery being sautéed for stuffing on Thanksgiving morning. (I don’t like stuffing, but I LOVE that smell.)
  4. My mom is 91 and will be with us for the holiday. How many 63-year-olds have their mothers with them on Thanksgiving?

To read the rest of Small Things Are Worthy of Great Gratitude, visit Key Ministry’s blog for special needs parents.

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