A Spartan Gives Thanks

A Spartan Gives Thanks

I have been very worried that my kids wouldn’t understand what Thanksgiving means this year (read my post about it here) in the midst of all of the consumerism around them during this whole season.

And then last night, Noah melted my heart with his total understanding of exactly what Thanksgiving is supposed to be about…

My parents and Ty’s mom were all over for dinner last night. As the seven of us sat down to eat tacos, the adults were all talking about something in the news and totally missing Noah’s requests for our attention.

So he grabbed a spoon and started banging on a bowl saying “Can I have your attention please? Everyone, please be quiet, can I have your attention?”

I’m ashamed to say that it took us a minute to quiet down, because what came next was way more important than anything we had to say.

He stood on the bench at the table and said exactly this:

“I just wanted to say that everyone being in this house makes it so crowded! And that just makes me so happy. And I just want to say that I love all of you guys and I’m so glad that you’re here.”

Yeah, I know…I cried, too.

What a blessing it is to know that he loves the amount of people in and out of our house all the time. And that he knows exactly what is most important — loving people.


I think that this kind of special attitude is what Jesus wanted from us when He asked us to be like children. I’m so in awe of what He’s doing in and through such little, incredible people as my kids.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with as much gratitude and love as this.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us — especially my sweet sweet Spartans.


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