Day 21 – Thankful for a Home

Whether I live in just a house or I’ve made it a home, I am thankful for a roof over my head.

Painting by Benjamin

A few days ago, I was painting my DIY photo box and Benjamin wanted to paint with me. We had made a few canvas gifts for my dad and stepmom for Grandparent’s Day and had some extra canvases leftover so I gave him three colors of paint and let him go to town. He started with a house and then painted each of the three of us and then purple grass because grass of course. I know that these are just simple drawings from a 7 year old, but it means a lot to me that he knows what it feels like to have not just a house, but a home, and that we can provide a roof over his head.

Last night, Benjamin wasn’t feeling his own room and he was having trouble sleeping in his own bed. He slept with us for five years (from 2 to 7) and just recently started sleeping in his own bed. He finally fell asleep somewhere between 9 and 9:30, but woke up at 12:45 and returned to our room. He needed to be near his family and we let him sleep in our bed for the rest of the night. Of course, that meant that none of us slept well and we were up at 6am, but he needed to feel secure and that is what Howard and I are meant to provide.

I can’t really say that Howard and I have ever been at risk of losing our home, but times have been tight and I think we still live one paycheck away from not having a place to live. This time of year, when the cold weather hits, and the holidays are upon us, I think about all the homeless people who don’t have shelter every night or family to keep them safe. It breaks my heart and I wish there was more that I could do to help others.

But, today I’ll just have to be thankful for a home and pray for others to find the shelter and security they need.

Counting My Blessings #CrazyThankful #Thankful30

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What are you thankful for today?

Comments

  1. Keri says:

    It’s nice to see people who know how luck they are in life. It seems like you’re setting a great example for your son.

  2. I am very thankful to have a home and knowing that I will always have access to shelter if I do fall on hard times.

  3. This is such a great post! I absolutely agree that we need to be more grateful for the warmth and food that we have! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing this wonderful message!

  4. Having somewhere to call home is THE best feeling in the world. We can take it for granted sometimes but we never should. πŸ˜‰

  5. I love finding time to be grateful for so many great things in our lives. Yes, home is a very important reason I am thankful this year

  6. Di says:

    Yes this!!! Grateful for a lot of things right now. Mostly my health, even though I seem to have picked up some chesty cough crud I am otherwise healthy.

  7. Lexie says:

    Whenever I am feeling down or unthankful this is the very first thing I think of! I have been in a situation before where I had NO idea where I was going to live. It was scary and I hope to never experience it again. So, ever since I start to feel ungrateful or anything I go back to this. Everytime! Great post! LifeAsLex

  8. What a lovely post, this is important to remember. I’m thankful for what I have everything now.

  9. Bonnie @wemake7 says:

    I too am very thankful for having a roof over our heads. There was a point in my life that I was homeless and it was not fun at all. No one should have to feel that way.

  10. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This is indeed a sweet story and like they say out of the mouth of babes which still kind of applies to their drawings too. It is so important to be thankful for what you have and to show you are grateful for it. Thanks for sharing the awareness.

  11. dina d. says:

    I am also thankful for my home and the family I share it with. I pray for those that don’t have either of the two. I can’t imagine how hard it must be.

  12. christina aliperti says:

    I am so thankful for my family. When I think of everything I have been through I honestly don’t know if I would have made it without them.

  13. Lisa says:

    Homelessness is so prevalent in our country. Sometimes, we take for granted the things that we do have. I, too, am thankful for a roof over our heads.

  14. I am also thankful for our home. For the homeless….there but for the grace of God go I

  15. It is so easy to focus on all of the negative, crazy things that are constantly surrounding us; however, all have things to be thankful for. What a blessing it would be to count those instead of our problems. It is also important to keep an attitude of gratitude throughout the year. Thanks for sharing. ~Jennifer

  16. Tina says:

    Great post- It is so easy to take for granted the home and things that we have. Thank you for reminding us to remember others and not just ourselves.

  17. This is a beautiful post. I always try to be thankful of what we have! And I always try to instill that appreciativeness in my daughters!

  18. Such a lovely post and I agree it is important to always be thankful for what we have because so many homeless people out there who do not have not a single item.

  19. It’s easy to begin to take the roof over our heads for granted. I caught myself a few days ago doing just that, as I nitpicked every little thing that was bugging me about our house when just a few years ago, we couldn’t even begin to think about the possibility of having our very own home. It’s so important to take a few moments to realize how lucky and blessed we truly are.

  20. You know we all need to be grateful and thankful for what we have. It’s very easy totake for granted what we have. I too feel blessed for my home, my family and my friends.

  21. I am also thankful for a roof over my head and for my family.

  22. Wendy says:

    I really needed to hear this. It’s the first Thanksgiving since my father passed. I still have a lot to be thankful for and I need to remember that.

  23. I’m thankful for a roof over our head in today’s cold rain, a furnace that pumps out too much heat, two vehicles that run somewhat predictably, and an amazing husband and children!

  24. Alli says:

    Sometimes we take food and shelter for granted. Thanks for reminding me to be thankful for the little things that are really big things.

  25. Thank you for your compassion and prayers for others. I am so thankful for what God blesses us with! Without him there would be nothing! Amen!

  26. Pam says:

    I love reading posts about what everyone is thankful for! It really helps me get in the Thanksgiving spirit.

  27. Considering I live up in Alaska, I am happy for a home with working HEAT. There is a definite homeless problem up here and I am surprised there are not more deaths each year as the winter can be brutal.

  28. Alex says:

    I love this!!! I think it is so awesome that you are writing about what you are thankful for. Having a home is something to be SO thankful about – I know I am thankful of this every single day.

  29. This is such a great reminder to be thankful for the things that we sometimes take forgranted. I don’t really think of it that often but I’m so thankful for my home (we just moved) and that I not only have a roof over my head but that it’s also one that I love!

  30. Claire says:

    I’m so grateful for a roof over my head, although I do worry about my health problems and what the future holds with no one to help me x

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