Nov 21

Happiness in What We Have

Happiness in what we haveWhat does it mean to find happiness in what we have?

Being the mother of a lot of kids can be challenging, especially when teenagers and toddlers are mixed together.

We definitely have some rough times as well as many beautiful moments.  It can be far too easy to focus on the hard days, especially when they seem to get stacked together.  You can feel as if you’ll never come up for air.  There are times and moments where I wonder if it is possible for the youth nowadays to find happiness in what we have!  

When I picked up one of my teenagers from school today she shared a short paragraph she had to write for English.  They were to write a paragraph based off of  the question “How would you change things so that you could have the perfect life”.

My daughter’s response was “I don’t really think about trying to have the perfect life.  I have good parents, a nice home to live in and A LOT of siblings.  I don’t think of having more because I have so much.  If I could change some pieces I would have more sisters and less brothers.  I don’t think that’s obtainable to just get rid of some brothers and have more sisters. Other than that I have everything I need.  I don’t have to think about the perfect life because I’m happy with what I have.”  At such a young age and with all she has been through; you can read more about our family struggles on my about pageI can say this sweet girl has found Happiness in what we have.

Happiness in What we haveIn this day and age with kids having every new toy and the next “it” electronic, to have my sweet sassy teenager be satisfied makes my soul soar.  I’ve seen families obsess over spending an obscene amount of money on Christmas and birthday gifts.  Everywhere I go all I see is Christmas propaganda to get people to spend money, nowhere have I seen anything mentioned about the reason for the season.  My focus this time of year is working on getting through Thanksgiving and making sure as a family we remember why we always need to stop and be grateful.  I never shop on “black Friday”, maybe because I’m too full and sleepy from the day before and don’t want to even think of fighting the traffic and packed stores.  Or maybe, because it’s hard for me to spend a month in gratitude to then switch in to wanting more mode the very next day.

November Challenge:

I am so very grateful and blessed for a daughter that is content and happy with what she has.  Sometimes less really can be more.




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  1. Bismah

    Great post! Bless your daughter! She sounds very intelligent and beautiful. For me my family is the most important part of my life. If I didn’t have them then I would feel as though I didn’t have life.
    Stopping by from the Bloggy Mom’s November Blog Hop. Following you via Bloglovin, Facebook, and Twitter.
    Have a great day :)
    Bismah recently posted…Sock Sorting Activity For ToddlersMy Profile

  2. Debbie

    Thank you Bismah! She has her moments :)
    I really appreciate you stopping by. I love your blog and the sock sorting idea. My youngest drives me crazy undoing all the piles I make. Our children are such a blessing and they grow so fast.
    I’m following you as well!
    Debbie Tom recently posted…Life is not a Carnival!My Profile

  3. maria

    Your daughter sounds like a great girl, stopping by from the blog hop, Have a great holiday, Maria


    1. Debbie

      Hi Maria, I stopped by your blog and linked to your facebook and twitter too! Can’t wait to hear more from you!

  4. Kori

    How lovely that she’s learned that lesson already… that seems to be such a big issue with the youth of today. It’s always about what you want/what’s better/what’s best vs. what you have

    1. Debbie

      Hi Kori, It’s so hard to keep them rooted in what’s healthy vs. keeping up with the “Jones” mentality. It’s a never ending job teaching our kids and ourselves to remember balance in every aspect of our life.
      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

    2. Debbie

      Hi Kori, It’s so hard to keep them rooted in what’s healthy vs. keeping up with the “Jones” mentality. It’s a never ending job teaching our kids and ourselves to remember balance in every aspect of our life.
      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

  5. Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

    Beautiful written, Debbie! I have both teens and toddlers myself.

    What I love most about this post is that you have a very similar perspective of the holiday season. You see it, too — the affluence of lights and decorations and shopping and presents amidst the absence of Jesus and the real reason for the season. I suppose there’s nothing we can change about that in the grand scheme of our society, but we can certainly start at home. And from the sounds of things, whatever you’re doing is working — your daughter is living proof. How wonderful!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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    1. Debbie

      Thank you so much Mandi, it means so much to hear that from you. I admire your blog and writings so much. I’m new to writing and the whole computer stuff, I have so much to learn.

      YES! Jesus is the reason for the season. We can’t change society, which is a shame. We can teach our little ones and be an example and hopefully they will carry on our beliefs. I do believe when others see Jesus working through us we can make a little difference in their lives.
      One of the things I have enjoyed the most about joining the blog community is how many strong Christian woman there on here. Such inspirations and beautiful stories.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, I’m so excited about your sweet new blessing on the way :)

  6. Joanne Viola

    What a precious memory for you to always have! So glad that you shared it. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
    Joanne Viola recently posted…Giving Thanks & PraiseMy Profile

    1. Debbie

      Thank you Joanne :) I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

  7. Beth

    Oh Debbie this was a delight to read. {Hugs} to your daughter!! I’m with you…not a black Friday shopper. Less really is more! A beautiful reminder for us all. Thank you for linking up for Three Word Wednesday.
    Beth recently posted…Three Word Wednesday: Be Like Mary {Guest Post}My Profile

    1. Debbie

      Hi Beth,
      Thank you so much. I passed the hugs on to my daughter :)
      I can’t wait to continue to follow you blog and joining your link up :)

  8. Vashti Quiroz-Vega

    Hello Debbie! Wow! I’m so impressed with your daughter’s writing piece. Being a teen is almost synonymous with selfishness and greediness so for your daughter to be perfectly happy with what she has says a lot about her and you as a mom. Great job!
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    1. Debbie

      Vashti, you’re right the teen years can be so filled with selfishness and greed. My daughter has a very big heart, and even with her up and down hormonal roller coaster she is such a blessing. Thank you for your sweet words :)
      Looking forward to checking into your new book, it looks interesting. What an amazing accomplishment to be a published writer. I love reading and unfortunately didn’t allow time into my schedule to continue. One of my many things I plan to start doing again.

  9. An Ideal Mom

    A very nice reminder to take a moment and realize all you have instead of thinking about all you want! It is wonderful that your daughter realizes this at her age. For many of us it takes much longer and some of us never seem to learn this. You are obviously doing something right! Thanks for sharing.
    Jan@ An Ideal Mom
    An Ideal Mom recently posted…Simply Sweet : Show Him How Much He Means To You and Your FamilyMy Profile

    1. Debbie

      Jan, It’s amazing how caught up in materialistic things we and our children can get. Thank you for stopping by and your kind words :) Looking forward to checking out your blog.

  10. Angela

    What a beautiful post. I teach teenagers and I LOVE when I come across something like this. As a mother it has to be so wonderful and reassuring to hear your daughter write that. You are obviously doing the right things, momma. Stopping by from the Tuesday Blog Hop but looking for a way to follow too. Really loved this post.
    Angela recently posted…The Damn Elf on the Shelf May be the Last Straw, MomsMy Profile

    1. Debbie

      HI Angela,
      Thank you for your encouraging words. Teenagers must be such a challenge to teach. Looking forward to stopping by your blog!!!! Have a wonderful week :)

  11. Ugochi

    Wow! Coming from a teenager in these times, this is mind blowing! I can imagine how proud and glad this made you feel. I am pretty sure God was glad about this too. Please help me tell your daughter that She has just encouraged me to know that there are still people her age who think different from the world. Thanks a lot for sharing Debbie and have a super blessed day!
    Ugochi recently posted…Life And The Three Little PiggiesMy Profile

    1. Debbie

      Thank you Ugochi, I shared your message with my daughter. You made her feel proud. I am very proud and feel so blessed to have such a gentle sweet daughter. God is working through her. I love reading your posts and you encourage me so much. Thank you for stopping by.

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