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Giving Thanks in 2013

As Thanksgiving is fast approaching, most Americans begin verbalizing things for which they are thankful. We purposefully count our many blessings. We can be thankful for tangible things like a new member of the family or the intangible like freedom. We can also be thankful in unexpected ways like for an illness that set our feet on a different path. The point is to find an occasion to give thanks in all circumstances.

My husband and I have always tried to teach our children to have thankful hearts. Simply saying, “thank you,” is a great place to start. Wanting to instill a sense of gratefulness in my children I asked each of them this question. “As it pertains to living on this ranch, what are you most thankful for?”

Clayton (age 17) “I love the quiet and solitude.”
Kyla (age 14) “Freedom, liberty, and justice for all.” (She insists she is not being a smart.)
Jake (age 12) “I love getting to watch, pet, and be around baby calves.”
Isaac (age 7) “Riding my bike while Buddy (his puppy dog) follows me all down the road and pasture.” Later he added, “Oh, and the bunny rabbits that I see.”
Andrew (age 5) “Horses- riding, watching them run, petting them, and feeding them.”

Anytime that you ask a child a question, there is a big chance that you will be surprised by their answers. Notice it is the little, everyday things for which they are thankful. My husband and I also shared our answers, but you will probably find them more predictable.

Lane “This is a great place to raise a family.”
Lara “I am most thankful for the opportunity to raise a family here in this environment where they can be free to play and explore as well as learn valuable skills. In many ways it is sharing my childhood with them.”

As usual I am more wordy; however, the sentiment is the same. We love it here. We consider ourselves greatly blessed.

What are the members of your family most thankful for in regards to your home? Regardless of the answers, it is fun to see how your children respond.

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