5 Things I’m Thankful For

It’s been forever and a day since I last posted something on this blog; and even though I’ve wanted to start back writing, I’ve struggled to come up with something worthy of writing after such a long absence.

Today, I decided to jump in and share five things I’m thankful for because if I keep waiting for the perfect post idea, it may never happen.

1. My Health and Metabolism.

It may sound crazy, but the fact I stay a small size after having kids and with all the junk food I eat, is God’s grace in action to me. Based on what I eat and how little I’ve exercised, I shouldn’t look the way I do and I’m keenly aware of that. However, with people close to me facing health issues, it’s starting to dawn on me how much I’ve taken my health for granted and how careless I’ve been in treating my body as a temple as the Bible commands. I’ve been stuck in these bad habits for years, but I want to get better.

2. My Surprise Child.

Our baby #4 was always in God’s plans, but he came as a surprise to me and hubby. Even though I cried the first day I found out I was pregnant, he has been the sweetest, most mild-tempered of all of our kids. He’s constantly smiling and laughing. We all adore him, and I’m so thankful God knew better than I did about what I needed in my life.

J Bess

3. Friends.

I haven’t had a true BFF since middle school, but God has placed some amazing forever friends and friends for a season in my life. I am constantly challenged and inspired by the great things they are doing with their families, careers and talents. It never fails that when I need a pick-me-up or prayer, I’ll get a phone call, text or email from one of them that brightens my day. I love their integrity, humor, ambition, faith, hospitality, style and so much more. God has certainly given me more than I deserve.

4. Rest.

I used to be a night owl who usually stayed up past midnight and thrived on running on fumes. Since my 4th child’s arrival in March, it is a good day if I make it until 9p without falling asleep. I also transitioned to a new job, leaving the budget world and its super-demanding work schedule. It can be frustrating falling asleep so early because it seems like I am not getting any home chores done, but I am learning that rest and slowing down are wonderful things.

5. Family.

My family’s not perfect, but they are perfect for me. I’m thankful that my parents taught me about God, faith and the Bible, which has kept me grounded during this topsy-turvey roller coaster called life. I used to hate doing Journey through the Bible lessons as a kid, but now I’m proud that I can recite memory verses and tick off the books of the Bible in order (well, I’m a little rusty on those books on the Bible now, but I still know most of them). Not to mention the other family members who have supported me along the way. I also love seeing my little brother with his own family. And of course, I’m thankful for my husband. It hasn’t always been the easiest of relationships, but we’ve stayed committed to each other and our family over the years.

Bess Family

Is there stuff I’d like to change or don’t like? Most definitely! However, gratefulness must come first. If we are not thankful for the things God has already blessed us with, how can he bless us with more.

I’ve missed you guys and hope everyone is doing well. I hope not to be too much of stranger.


*Photos courtesy of Eden Grace Photography. If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and are looking for a family or wedding photographer, you must give them a call.

Always Watching

If you’re a parent of littles, you’ve probably had the pleasure of watching the animated movie, Monsters Inc. a time or two. One of my favorite scenes is when Roz, a grumpy plant supervisor, tells the one-eyed Wazowski, “I’m watching you, Wazowski. Always watching. Always.”

Like Roz, I was reminded this past week that our kids are also always watching us. Over the weekend, not wanting to put any heat on my hair, I decided to go old school style with a few velcro rollers instead. When my daughter saw me in the rollers, her fascination was obvious as she began asking me a million questions about them. Not thinking anything of the conversation, I was quite tickled later on that night when my daughter walked in the room looking like this…


Yes, that is my daughter with a head full of rollers stuck to the sides of her head. I was immediately reminded of Always Watching Roz. Our children are always watching us, whether we realize it or not.

Every day, they are taking in the way we talk, what we wear, how we act, who we befriend, what we do and where we go. The question is, what will our children mimic as a result of our words and actions? What are they seeing and learning from us?

Are they learning to display kindness…love…patience…discipline…joy?

Or they witnessing selfishness…hatred…impatience…laziness…moodiness?

Are they learning to speak positive, uplifting words to others or verbal darts that tear down and demean?

Have our children witnessed us standing firm and strong in our faith during adversity and trials or do they see us running away from God in anger and distrust?

I hope that this picture of my daughter will not only continue to bring a smile to my face for years to come, but that it serve as an everlasting reminder of the powerful influence we have on our children.

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