5 Days to Grow an Attitude of Gratitude | Day 2

Thanksgiving Devotional: Day 2

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A few years ago we wanted to get a pool for our boys.

We’d had kiddie pools before. One was pretty awesome as far as plastic pools went. It even had a small slide.

Before we knew it, our three boys were way too big for the kiddie pools and our yard wasn’t big enough to even fit a 10-foot pool.

We made it work for a few years but when the time came for us to move, one of the first things we wanted to set up for the boys was a pool. We wanted them to get outside, to learn some basic swimming skills, and to get them off their screens.

We got settled in our new house and spent months looking up pools. Different sizes, the best location, cost. We like to look at all the options.

We decided we could get a 21-foot pool and started shopping around.

We called the gas and electric company and made sure we didn’t have any power lines, gas lines, or cable lines under that location.

Pools are expensive. So, being thrifty, we bought one off Craigslist.

See my other post on Roadside Opportunities if you are thrifty, too!

My husband loaded that pool, piece by piece, into our minivan, brought it home, and we unpacked that baby in the garage.

We washed each piece and started to dig a very big hole. By hand.

We measured and dug and measured and dug.

Our neighbor came over one night and helped clear quite a bit of dirt with his lawn tractor. Still, we weren’t level and we continued to get up early before the heat of the day and dig before my husband went to work.

We Dug Ourselves a Hole, Alright

One morning, my husband got up to dig at 5 am. I woke up shortly after to the words “septic tank” screaming in my mind.

I groggily walked outside to my sweat-covered, dirt-laden husband and asked him where the septic tank was. He said, “I bet it’s right where we are digging.”

Sure enough, we had the septic company come out, and there in our big Dirt Circle sat our septic tank.

We had a huge circle dug out of our backyard and a pool we couldn’t use sitting in our garage.

We were frustrated.

We were tired.

We couldn’t do a single thing to change that situation.

In the end, we bought a smaller pool. We sold what we could from the Craigslist pool, used what we could on the new, and scrapped the unusable stuff and called it a loss.

But was it really?

Swimming in the Grateful End of the Pool

Our new pool has been great.

Sure, we set it up and take it down each year. It’s not as big. But it’s still a great way to cool down on a summer day.

It’s more cost-efficient and we have more yard space.

There were a lot of lessons to learn that summer and I think we went ahead and learned them all. We were still learning them the day I replanted the grass with our two older kids.

Sometimes life doesn’t go as we had planned and we find ourselves covered in dirt and sweat with a 21-foot pool we can’t use sitting in our garage.

Sometimes it takes moments like this to help us see the blessings we have in our life.

Growing an Attitude of Gratitude

When Paul was writing to the church in Thessalonica, he knew the power of gratitude. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and write down what you are thankful for today. 

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2 thoughts on “5 Days to Grow an Attitude of Gratitude | Day 2”

  1. What a good lesson, Melissa. It’s hard to see the bright side of some situations, no matter how you look at it. Everyday I have to choose a positive attitude full of patience and grace for my kids. I fail a lot, but the choice is so important. If my focus is on how much they are blessings to me, then I’m able to have a good perspective <3

    • I love that, Suzanne. Thank you for the reminder that being full of love and patience is a choice. Especially as we venture through the holiday week.


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