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Welcome to day 28 of my 30 Days of Gratitude!
I decided to save my ex husband until closer to the end because I was waiting for my feelings to mature and to see how much there really was that I am grateful for. Please know that coming out of an abusive marriage like mine, you can be grateful for times and experiences that occurred during the marriage without missing the relationship or the person.
I’m going to say that again. You can be grateful for times and experiences that occurred during the marriage without missing the relationship or the person.
There are few things that he would personally do that I am grateful for and miss not having to do them myself, like: he would sweep the floors, clean the toilets, and sharpen the kitchen knives. These were the only things he would do without prompting, complaint, and minimal criticism.
First and Foremost, our relationship has given me four beautiful, compassionate, loving, and talented children. I adore their souls and the light they beam out over this planet. You can read about that here 30 Days of Gratitude – My Children
I’m grateful for the traveling experiences. Although each and every trip was tinged with bitter sweet memories, I am grateful for the experience of going to new places, meeting new people, and trying new things. I don’t think I would have gone to China by myself and that was a wonderful learning experience.
I’m grateful for the many farm learning experiences. I would have not learned about raising chickens, goats, or cattle if it weren’t for us moving to Tennessee onto a farm. I had learned through necessity how to make rabbit cages and how to grow a fantastic garden. It was hard work and many times it took me way out of my comfort zone, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. In fact gardening is one of my favorite hobbies now. I even wrote a post about it Getting your Hands Dirty
I am grateful for the hard days (even though they were really hard) that helped me see what I’m really made of. Although at the time I felt they were completely unnecessary to be inflicted upon us. We made it through stronger and more enlightened.
Throughout our 25 year marriage there were many experiences to embrace, children, entrepreneurship, home ownership, farm life, home school life, traveling life, construction life, church life, office life, and picking up the pieces of life. I would not be who I am today without all of these experiences. At the end of the day I love who I am and am grateful for all of these experiences and life lessons that have shaped me.
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