There is Always Something to be Thankful For

Throughout the year, my family and I write short messages on Post-It-Notes and place them in our Thankful Box. We started this tradition last year to acknowledge all of the good things that happen in our lives.

As our deadline approached, I realized that my contributions to the Thankful Box were lacking. My wife, KayEm, and daughter, Nee, spent the better part of the year chiding me for not contributing to the box. They wagged their fingers at me as I spent the last month stuffing the box as if I were a crooked politician.

On the reveal date, we gathered around the kitchen table and I read each message aloud. It was a joy to relive the special moments that occurred during the year such as our family vacation to New Mexico and Colorado, our renewing our wedding vows, and the kids’ first day at their new school.

My son N was proud that he was able to write his own notes this year. He was thankful for God, Heaven, and family. Nee, who is often a curmudgeon couldn’t help but grin when I read her thankful messages about her piano lessons and girl scout adventures. X, the youngest is only three and was unable to place any messages in the box. However, KayEm and I wrote a few notes on his behalf (I’m thankful for Elmo – Signed, X)

KayEm and I wrote about how thankful we were for our marriage and the way our children have grown and developed.

I injected a little humor by writing thankful odes to bacon and Billy Ray Cyrus. But the most touching moment came when I read the personal messages I wrote about each of my three kids:

  • I’m thankful for Nee’s beautiful smile
  • I’m Thankful for N’s loving spirit
  • I’m thankful for X’s vibrancy and vigor.

The kids beamed with pride as they heard their daddy’s words.

After all of the messages were read, we said a prayer and embraced each other. Although it’s easy to get consumed by the craziness of the world, it’s nice to take some time to reflect on all of the positive aspects of life. There is always something to be thankful for.

Stay Strong,

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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