Digging into Thankfulness with Kim

Meet Kim: My name is Kim, I married my high school sweetheart Nathan and I’m a first time mommy to Michael. I don’t have a religion, I have a Savior who I strive to be an example of every day. I have a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in early childhood and music and I’m using those skills to be a stay-at-home-mom to Michael. I’ve had a passion for photography so I started my own photography business. I love connecting with other moms, I find it encouraging and uplifting to share in struggles and find joy in the good things.
Kim is a fellow friend and writer for Motherhoodinspired.com. I asked here to chime into our conversation of thankfulness this month. Here is how she answers the questions I threw at her. 

1. What does it look like for you to pursue thankfulness in the midst of the most mundane aspects of motherhood?
For me, when I am at the breaking point, that one smile from my little boy makes everything better, makes everything worth it. I look, actually try to find those little moments throughout the day that just make it better. Whether it's a smile or a laugh or a hug. I look for those little moments that just make me remember why I love my life as a mom.

2.  What things do you find undo (negate) thankfulness in your life and how do you handle that?
Myself. Sometimes we are more hard on ourselves that other people are. I could have done better, I should have done better, why wasn't I there, etc. It's these times when  I learn to forgive myself because I'm not perfect, I'm allowed to make mistakes. 

3.What difficult circumstances in your life are you most thankful for now?
 Having one income. In the world we live in, it's almost essential to be a two working household. Not many families can afford to have a one income household with how much things afford. We definitely aren't rich, but we are making life work. Our bills are paid, we have money in savings and we have a little extra to do things for our son. Sure, life would be easier if we have more money. But we would learn to not be appreciative of the things we have. 

4. What simple pleasures are you most thankful for?
The simplest thing I'm thankful for is being able to stay home, to not have to work. That may sound like a cop out answer or "cheesy" but it's honestly the truth. Until Michael was born, I thought I would be a working mom. I loved teaching. Then I held him for the first time. I didn't want to go back to work. I begged my husband to let me stay home. Some days I feel like I was being selfish, if I was working we would have more money, be less in debt, be able to do more things. But I would miss out on so much. I would rather live with less and have more memories with my son than the other way around. 

5. How do you teach your children thankfulness and what does that look like in your home?
Right now, Michael is a little young to really understand what it means to be thankful. That being said, there are times when he wants something or wants to do something and after I have him "ask" I usually say "thanks mom" or something along that time. If he hears those words associated with receiving what he wanted, I'm hoping he will put two and two together. 

You can check more out about Kim on her blog:  www.classickolbs.com

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