Gratitude . . .

There is a natural reflection that happens this time of year that brings gratitude to the forefront of my thoughts.

Gratitude for the love that's been given to me and the love I am able to give to others.

Gratitude for strong legs that carry me on my adventures and an open heart and mind that allows me to take it all in.

Gratitude for tools that allow me to share my happiness and passion with others. These are just a few of the things that I am thankful for in this life.

But these blessings come with responsibility.  I am responsible to use these strengths and blessings to build up others and to teach my daughters how to be gracious with the gifts they are given. This responsibility is heavy, but my shoulders are strong enough to carry it.