As you start a new week, I want to encourage you to think deeply on this quote. It’s so easy to overlook the everyday things in our lives due to the sheer fact that they are always there. Our family. Our home. Our safety. Our freedom. Our health. Our potential.

But what if these things disappeared? What we once took for granted would become the thing we longed for most.

Gratitude is one of my favorite by-products of photography and scrapbooking. Taking the time to notice and record the everyday mundane parts of life reminds me of how blessed I am. Despite the pain, despite the struggles, despite the uncertainties of life, there is so much to be grateful for.

Here in the United States, we’ve just finished up a holiday that calls us to be thankful. As we now rush full speed ahead into the Christmas season, let’s not lose sight of what is truly precious. The things you long to buy this year will be the things that are cluttering your house next year. Don’t let them consume you while you miss seeing the things that most deserve your gratitude.