A Treasure Hunt for Gratitude 6

Can you believe November is here? Wow! What happened October? Where did it go? I have felt time slipping by so fast lately. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go and speak at a Women’s Forum. Gail Miller (wife of the late Larry Miller of the Utah Jazz) was the keynote speaker and they had several great breakout sessions.

They served a beautiful lunch, and as I was waiting in line, I was talking with another woman who had been in my presentation. As I chatted with her, I was looking for my own mom because I wanted to sit with her for lunch. When I found her, the woman I was speaking with said, “I knew that was your mom. I could tell when she hugged you after you spoke.”

You see, I have a great mom. She has taught me to be grateful for whatever I have, no matter what life brings.

Treasure Hunt for Gratitude

In this crazy world, it becomes so easy to focus on what is not going well. It becomes so easy to see the spot on the otherwise clean mirror. I sometimes focus on those spots.

As I was cleaning my house the other day, I noticed some dirt smudges around the door to my girls room. As I wiped them up, I thought about this tendency to focus on the negative.

I remember the years I didn’t have to clean up a child’s dirt smudges.

They were the years I could read an entire book in the tub.

I could watch a tv show that I wanted to watch…during the daytime.

I could eat popcorn for dinner.

I could go to the bathroom alone.

I could run to the store and be in and out in 15 minutes!


And I thought of a dear friend’s question to me two weeks ago:

Is it worth it to have kids?


And I realized something.

In the midst of fatigue, dirty laundry, dirt smudges and smelly shoes…

When mama’s and baby’s tears combine…

When you just want a minute to go to the bathroom by yourself…

When you haven’t plucked your eyebrows or painted your toenails in forever…


There is no way on heaven or earth that I would trade it.


You see, sometimes being a mom you have to go on a treasure hunt for gratitude. I found it that day in a dirty smudge on the previously white door. I found in that dirt smudge a symbol: it was a symbol of my hopes and dreams coming true. Because even though being a mother is the most exhausting, overwhelming and utterly life altering thing that I have ever done, I also realized something about those seemingly free years:

Those were the years I didn’t get wet whispers, or butterfly kisses.

Those were the years I didn’t have to fold tiny clothes, or know the feel of little arms around my neck.

I didn’t get to fall asleep singing lullabies or know the smell of my little girls’ freshly washed hair.

Those were the years I had no idea what it felt like to have someone say, “I love you mommy.”

They were the years when I couldn’t have imagined how you literally feel your heart grow inside your chest.

And you love more than you have ever loved before.


And, that made me feel very, very grateful.


Sometimes you have to go on a treasure hunt for gratitude. But, when you do, I am certain you will find what you are looking for.

So, as we start November, the month of gratitude, what are you grateful for?


Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you find something to be grateful for this month and always. When you find it, make sure you share it with someone you love! Hey, maybe you could even share it with me. Leave me a comment below!

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6 thoughts on “A Treasure Hunt for Gratitude

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    Marci Lund

    Today I’m grateful for my “stolen moments”. Let me explain. There are moments when I can snatch them from life and hold them close to my heart. For example, yesterday I was shopping in Ogden with my cute little family and my parents. This past week I had broken my ear bug for my phone. While we were already in Ogden, Tony & I decided it would be easiest if we could just swing by and pick a new one up. Electronic stores and little boys don’t always get along very good. We just finished the very last store and were ready to head for home. I asked my parents if they would mind taking my kids and van home and Tony & I could run over to get a new ear bug and then meet back up at my parents’ house. They agreed. This would be a “stolen moment” with my husband. Just something that is different than what usually happens.

    Many times during the week my “stolen moments” come in the form of a snuggle with a little one or being able to read aloud to my little ones before bed. I’ve learned to treasure when they happen. Life is crazy and busy. It’s the same for everyone no matter where you are. We always fill life with the things we decide are important and somehow kids or something else gets put on a back burner. But for me having one “stolen moment” with my little ones during the week is important. Sometimes it’s as easy as staying a few extra minutes after I’ve tucked them in bed to listen to something they have wanted to tell just me all day and never had to chance because someone else was always there.

    Thanks for the reminder that we need to look for the things to be happy about. Sometimes it’s tough. But like all good treasure hunts there is an amazing treasure at the end.

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    This is beautiful. I never wanted children, but I am so blessed to have had them. I wish I had been more prepared in a lot of ways, but it’s been so worth it. It’s changed the trajectory of my life.. all for the better. I’m a much better, more patient and kind person than I was before.

    Thank you for linking up with Creative Style Linkup! Have a blessed weekend!

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    Elizabeth! You are truly an inspirational person. I absolutely love you and the messages you share. You always seem to know exactly what I need to hear. Thanks for the effort you put into this blog.

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    Ana Lynn

    Your post made me all mushy because I understand so perfectly what you mean about those seemingly free years. And although totally unplanned, I am grateful for our new addition to the family!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Ana, I read Frank’s post yesterday and was pulled away from the computer before I could write a thoughtful response! Congratulations! How exciting for another addition. It sounds like it means a lot of changes for you guys. I hope and pray for things to work out the way you desire! Congrats!!