I have a lot to be thankful for. My first-world view sometimes doesn’t see that so clearly, even though it’s true.

I have a nice, spacious home. I have a car. My children go to a good school. I have heat and running water and indoor bathroom facilities. I don’t lie awake at night, fearing for my safety.

Besides all these basics, I have so much more. My children are healthy and bright. My husband is faithful and has a very stable job. I’m able to stay home with my kids and we can still pay all our bills. I have good health insurance. I’m able to worship my faith without fear of oppression.

I’m truly blessed. Everything I have has come to me through no work of my own, but because God has given it to me. Anything I’ve bought or earned is a direct result of the opportunities God has given me to make the best use of the gifts He gave me. It seems only fitting that because I have so much in my life to be thankful for, that I also give back.

Our community hosts a community meal once a month. This meal is for anyone in the community. Some people come because they are hungry. Some come because they are lonely. Some come because they are cold. Some come because they don’t have anywhere else to go. Some come because they know they will enjoy some good food and great conversation… nothing more, nothing less.

I’m blessed to be able to share a meal with the members of our community. I’m so happy that my children are seeing what it’s like to spend a Saturday with people instead of a screen. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to get my children involved in their community, and in turn I’ve gotten involved as well.

I’m participating in a blog circle with some friends from Clickin’ Moms. Every month we post on “The Way We View…” and this month the topic was “Blessings”. Please visit Breanna’s Blog to see how she views Blessings.

All these images were taken with Fuji Superia 400 film, using a Canon Rebel G camera and Tamron 28-75mm lens.

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