HAPPY THANKSGIVING YUMMs! This Thanksgiving a little bit bittersweet in light of everything that's happen in the Mike Brown case and Ferguson. It's hard for me and my family to not be affected by these situations. And of course, all of the media craziness doesn't help. My heart goes out to all families who are having to mourn the loss of a loved one, especially a child, this holiday season.
I know their pain. I've loss people very close to me and that first holiday without them is always the hardest. I wish I could say that the next year gets easier, but the truth is that it could take years before it gets easier. So, my request to y'all is that you'll keep these families in prayer. Whatever your religion, just send up a prayer or put a positive thought out into the atmosphere for these families.
That brings to me the thing that I am most thankful this week. Usually when Moo wakes up in the mornings, her first request is something to eat. What can I say, my child loves to eat. Well, this morning her first request was to pray. She wanted to pray that everyone in the world had a great Thanksgiving today.
I swear her compassionate spirit always amazes me! She's teaching me so much about how to be selfless and truly caring. Others, even strangers, are always on her mind. I definitely pray that she always keeps this trait as she grows up because this world can really change you.
I'm also thankful for all of the answered prayers I received these past few days. I had been in prayer on some stuff for months and God opened up some doors. He may not be there when we want Him or think He should be, but He's always right on time. We just have to remain steadfast and patient in our faith. Also, we have to understand that He knows better than us and sometimes, the answer to our prayers will be a resounding NO.
This week and I grateful for the opportunity I had to volunteer at Moo's school. Someone from the school district reached out to me and asked if I would like to read to a few classes and I said yes. While I was there a little boy asked me why I and the other volunteers had come out to read them. I simply told him it was because we cared about them. He got a confused look on his face like he was trying to figure out why a group of strangers would care about him and his classmates.
So, I took it a step forward and told him that he was important. His face lit up like that was the best thing he'd ever heard in his life. That brief interaction both melted and broke my heart. What kind of world have we created where kids don't think others would care about them or think that they are important? For me this is the root of the issue in cases like Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin and Jonathan Ferrell.
We have to do better. If nobody else tells your child that they care about them or that they are important, as their parent, you should make it your mission to tell them on a daily basis. I don't want to hop on my soapbox in this post, but y'all the lip service has got to stop. Time for putting our monies and time where our mouths are is now.
I started today off with my sink being clogged thanks to my ancient garbage disposal. It does not actually chop as finely as I'm used to garbage disposals chopping. So, last night Moo had stuffed some of peels from the potatoes down in there and of course, I wasn't exactly going to stick my hand down in there. I turned it on thinking clearly, it should be able to chop peels, but no. It ended just flushing them to sink and down the drain to create a clog. Thankfully, I got it out!
As much as I complain about my husband always working, I'm grateful for his job nevertheless. A young lady from one of my Facebook groups lost her job yesterday. Yes, her boss fired her the day before Thanksgiving and she's seven months pregnant! I wanted to be upset, but she explained that business had been incredibly slow and since she was one of the last employees hired, it only made sense that she would be the first one to get fired. Pray for her and her family.
I personally plan on reaching out to her and seeing if she would be okay with me putting together a gift basket of baby things and some stuff for her toddler son. It won't be much, but I can't stand by knowing times are about to get really tough for her, her husband and their children. Too many people have been an angel for me when I was in need for me to turn a blind eye.
Lastly, I'm thankful for you guys! You've been rocking with me for almost five years now and I'm out of words to express how awesome I feel to have have had your support and I hope that you will continue to supporting me in the years to come. Speaking of support, I recently converted the Young Urban Modern Mommies Facebook page into a general community page.
When I first started blogging, YUMMommy was taken. I checked last weekend on a whim and it was available. So, I snatched it up and that's the official page for this blog from here on out. I'd love it if you would stop by the YUMMommy Facebook page and give it a like!
What are you giving thanks for this Thanksgiving?