5 Little Things I Am Thankful For – A Thanksgiving Post

It's always great to have a grateful heart and be thankful of everything no matter how small of a role they play in your life. Click the image for more information.

Every Thanksgiving, I always say that I’m thankful for family, friends, and all those kinds of serious stuff. That has been always true but this year, to make it fun, I’ve decided to turn the spotlight on to the little things that I am thankful for this year.

Hot showers – Growing up in Manila where having water heaters isn’t a necessity but a luxury, I take comfort in the fact that the water I am showering in every day is going to be warm. It makes waking up in the morning so much more bearable.

Fluffy cozy robe – Because even if we always have our heat on during the colder months, I still get cold ALL THE TIME (I get cold easily). My robe, which is the second thing I reach for (next to my phone) when I wake up every morning, keeps me warm every time I need it to.

Soda – I know very well that they’re bad for me; heck, I don’t even let my kids near it. But they just make everything better and it gives me my caffeine dose for the day.

Viber – This awesome app allows me to get in touch with good friends of mine in Manila. I message them just to ask how they’re doing or if I need their opinion on something or if I see or hear something funny and want to share it with them or if I just simply miss them. In fact, I’ve been using this a lot, that Viber gives me free sticker pack every month.

Nap time – Because I take advantage of my kids’ nap time and take a nap as well during weekends. It re-energizes me for the second half of the day that I have to deal with constant whining and disobedience.

On a more serious note, I know I say this every year (and at night before I go to bed) but I will never get tired of saying this – This year, I am thankful for:

couple in grand canyon, Arizona

My husband – Who’s been nothing but understanding and supportive with everything I do especially when it comes to my blog. Never did I hear him complain with all the time I spend working on it, the amount of work I had and have yet to do just to pursue what I want to do.

Back when I was pregnant with my son and I was very worried about how I’m going to take care of a toddler and a baby, he promised me that he will help me out. And he absolutely stayed true to his words; he’s been extremely helpful with everything – taking care of the kids, household chores, you name it. You’re the best and I love you so much more for that!

toddler siblings in harpers ferry, West Virginia

My kids – Yes, they drive me crazy and push me to my limits ALL THE TIME but they also give me the sense of fulfillment no one else could. They give my life so much meaning and joy and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world, no matter how tough it gets. They are my life’s greatest blessings.

grandma and grandpa in Times Square, New York

My parents – For traveling all the way from Manila just to celebrate my son’s first birthday with us and to help us out with the kids. You both are truly amazing and have made everything we’ve celebrated so far even more special just by spending it with us.

  • I almost lost my Mom due to a surprising turn of events in Manila last July and I couldn’t thank God enough for letting me (and us) spend more time with her.
  • My Dad who stayed with us for 6 months last year to help me out after giving birth with my son. He doesn’t have any experience with a baby since my Mom mostly took care of me when I was young but he willingly and gladly helped us out. He just doesn’t know how much lighter he made things for us; and for that, I am forever grateful.

friends in a gathering in Manila, Philippines

friends in a gathering in Manila, Philippines

friends in a gathering in Manila, Philippines

My friends – Who never change even if we’re thousands of miles apart; they’re always there gladly willing to help out whenever I need them.

My kids’ daycare and teachers – Because I know I can leave my kids there every single day with ease knowing that they are being taken care of by awesome people who treat them as if they’re their own.

The blessings – No matter how small or big they are, they’re still blessings. I am grateful for each and every blessing in my life.

The challenges – Because without these, I wouldn’t have appreciated the true meaning of bliss and learned the lessons I have to learn to make me the stronger and wiser person that I am today.

My blog – Because it gives me an outlet to share my thoughts and what I love, not to mention the community that comes with it is simply wonderful. Everyone has been nothing but sweet and supportive and I’m so delighted to have made great friendship with some of them. And of course, you, for your continued support!

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What are you thankful for this year? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.

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141 Comments

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:14 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

  1. Mytha
    November 21, 2016 / 5:48 AM

    Great things to be thankful for! I need to start napping when my kids nap too. Lol

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:15 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. You have to start doing it; it’s awesome! Lol

  2. November 21, 2016 / 7:16 AM

    I love this list! I really like how you included challenges in things to be thankful for, what an awesome perspective you offer.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:15 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. I always do, because they help shape us. 🙂

  3. November 21, 2016 / 8:43 AM

    Awesome post! Though I grew up with hot water. I don’t think I really appreciated my hot showers until having a baby made it harder to get a shower every morning!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:15 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Oh, I can totally relate to that! 🙂

  4. November 21, 2016 / 9:24 AM

    Its always great to recognize the good in our lives and the things we take for grated.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:16 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

  5. November 21, 2016 / 9:31 AM

    What a great list! I think it’s sweet that your dad came and stayed with you for 6 months! What an incredible opportunity for both of you.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:16 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. It really was, I wouldn’t ever forget that! 🙂

  6. November 21, 2016 / 9:33 AM

    Awesome list! I can relate and love he hot showers and taking advantage of kids nap times. Hope you have a lovely thanksgiving this weekend!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:17 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Taking advantage of kids nap time is awesome! 🙂 Have a lovely thanksgiving too!

  7. November 21, 2016 / 9:45 AM

    Love everything on here! It’s so important to take time for gratitude, especially for the people but also for the little luxuries we can take for granted (like hot showers! yes!!). Thanks for the reminder for daily thanksgiving!

    -Lauren
    http://www.ivorytowerchic.com

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:18 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Yes, it really is easy to take these small things for granted.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:20 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Apps like Viber and WhatsApp really help in situation like ours!

  8. November 21, 2016 / 10:19 AM

    This is such a sweet and thoughtful post. There is so much to be thankful for each and every day, both big and small. Thank you for sharing!

    Meaghan xx

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:20 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:20 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

  9. November 21, 2016 / 10:50 AM

    Every year around this time I think, “Okay, what am I most thankful for?” and it always seems to be family. Having support and love from a family is the best thing in the world.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:20 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Having family that constantly support and love you is priceless!

  10. November 21, 2016 / 10:54 AM

    The hot shower, got to me. Amazing the little things we take for granted!
    xo
    Jen
    effortlesseverydaystyle.blogspot.com

    • Belle
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 10:43 PM

      It really is so easy to take the little things for granted. Thank you!

  11. November 21, 2016 / 10:56 AM

    Haha. I love that you mentioned soda. I don’t drink coffee, but I do soda. I’m exactly the same as you!

    Your family is beautiful.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:21 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Hahaha! I love soda! 🙂

  12. November 21, 2016 / 10:56 AM

    This is the sweetest post! I love all of your pictures, and seeing more of your gorgeous family!! Happy Thanksgiving! Feeling thankful that I can call you my new friend this season!! <3

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:22 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Happy Thanksgiving!!! I am grateful as well to have you in my life this year and call you my friend. 🙂

  13. November 21, 2016 / 10:57 AM

    Excellent post! You’ve inspired me! I can relate to you on so many levels.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:22 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

  14. November 21, 2016 / 11:01 AM

    What a beautiful family! I love your thankful list. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:22 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:22 PM

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well!

  15. November 21, 2016 / 11:15 AM

    Good reminder to focus on the simple pleasures of life (and to recognize that even the challenges help us grow). Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:23 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well.

  16. littleslifeandlaughter
    November 21, 2016 / 11:17 AM

    Yes to all of these – especially the rare naptimes when both of my kids fall asleep at the same time! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:24 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Oh that moment is always the best!

  17. November 21, 2016 / 11:17 AM

    Few things are better than hot showers and nap time!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:26 PM

      There really could be better than hot showers and nap time; it depends on the person’s perspective. But for someone who grew up without hot showers and a mom who doesn’t always get to relax most days, I appreciate these simple things in life. Thank you for stopping by.

  18. November 21, 2016 / 11:28 AM

    What a wonderful list! I’d love for you to come link this up to my gratitude and goals linky.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:27 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. I will definitely check it out.

  19. November 21, 2016 / 11:37 AM

    It’s always such a good idea to find what we’re thankful for–now if we could do it all year long!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:28 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. At our home, we do it every day, especially before going to bed. 🙂

  20. November 21, 2016 / 11:49 AM

    It’s so important to be reminded of things you’re thankful for, even the little things! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:28 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:28 PM

      Lol! They are awesome, aren’t they? Thank you for stopping by.

  21. November 21, 2016 / 12:07 PM

    Love this post, Belle! 🙂
    I am totally thankful for “Naps” this holiday season with a newborn.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:29 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Naps, or any form of sleep, with a newborn is THE BEST!

  22. Stef @ Crafty Christian
    November 21, 2016 / 12:10 PM

    Love this perspective. The things that we should be grateful for aren’t always monumental. Sometimes it’s just being thankful we have indoor plumbing 😉

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:30 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. That’s true; we really have to be appreciative of even the little things in our life.

  23. November 21, 2016 / 12:18 PM

    Such great reasons to be thankful for ??

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:30 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:30 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  24. November 21, 2016 / 12:35 PM

    What a special post! So many things to be grateful for 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving! You have a beautiful family.
    xxx
    Meg
    theautumngirl.com

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:31 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:31 PM

      I’ve never heard of it. I’ll have to check that out; thanks for sharing!

  25. November 21, 2016 / 1:13 PM

    Such a great post – your family is seriously adorable, and cozy robes are necessary!! Happy Thanksgiving to you all! x Shannon

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:31 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Cozy robes are the best! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  26. The Domestic Musician
    November 21, 2016 / 1:46 PM

    Love it! So much to be thankful for!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:32 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

  27. November 21, 2016 / 1:47 PM

    I agree with all the above and Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:32 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:32 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:33 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too!

  28. November 21, 2016 / 2:38 PM

    Great post! It great to take time and focus on the things we don’t always think of daily!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:33 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. That’s true, these little things are so easy to take for granted.

  29. November 21, 2016 / 2:45 PM

    I am also thankful for cozy robes! Sometimes I even sleep in mine because it is so warm and soft!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:34 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Lol; I can’t blame you!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:34 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Don’t hesitate; it’s nice to realize the things you are grateful for. 🙂

  30. November 21, 2016 / 6:15 PM

    Belle, I am so in love with this. We tend to focus on material things or stuff that really when you look at it, is pointless. You are truly grateful and aren’t taking anything for granted. You’ve inspired me to sit down and take a look at what is really wonderful around me.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:36 PM

      Thank you Luz, I am glad you loved this! In life, it really is so easy to focus on the material things or those stuff that don’t really matter. I always make a conscious effort to appreciate every little thing in my life because that’s one of the values that I hope to instill to my kids.

  31. November 21, 2016 / 6:25 PM

    You have a gorgeous family! I am so thankful for cozy robes, too. And naps 😉

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:36 PM

      Thank you! They are the best, aren’t they?

  32. loveyoumoretoo
    November 21, 2016 / 6:44 PM

    I take hot showers for granted for sure. Our hot water heater went out and I spent a week without hot water, so I can’t imagine growing up without it. Your family is gorgeous! Love all the things you have to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving, pretty girl.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:38 PM

      I guess if you’ve been living your whole life like that, you won’t really notice the difference. But it was tough taking a cold shower every morning, and when I say morning it’s around 5 am or even earlier because I have to go to school or work. Now that I’ve experienced having hot showers in the morning, I definitely don’t want to go back. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:38 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

  33. Growing up zee
    November 21, 2016 / 10:13 PM

    Such an awesome sentiment. I love that your parents love knows no distance 🙂

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:39 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. I agree; I am really blessed to have them in my life.

  34. November 21, 2016 / 10:16 PM

    Such a wonderful list! I’m also partial to naps and hot showers, and soda of course!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:43 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Love those 3 things!

  35. November 21, 2016 / 10:17 PM

    This is so nice! It’s always good to be focused on what you’re grateful for!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:44 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

  36. November 21, 2016 / 10:40 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. These are such simple things that are easy to take for granted, but definitely something to be very thankful for!

    Cheers, J
    http://www.cheersj.com

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 10:43 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. I agree; the simple things can be really easy to take for granted but we really shouldn’t.

  37. November 21, 2016 / 11:07 PM

    This is a great thankful list. As I was reading I noticed I am thankful for almost the same things ?Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 21, 2016 / 11:35 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🙂

    • Belle
      Author
      November 28, 2016 / 10:43 PM

      I couldn’t agree more! Thank you for stopping by.

  38. November 22, 2016 / 7:05 AM

    YES to nap time… it rarely happens… but when it does… I AM THANKFUL!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 22, 2016 / 8:12 AM

      I can totally relate! Thank you for dropping by! 🙂

  39. November 22, 2016 / 7:15 AM

    I think its really important that you recognize all the little things to be thankful for! Its so easy to get caught up in the stuff we don’t have rather than taking account of the small things. Thanks for the reminder!!!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 22, 2016 / 8:12 AM

      That’s so true! Thank you for stopping by; I am glad you liked this.

  40. Momma To Go
    November 22, 2016 / 7:52 AM

    I love this post! I think it’s great to be thankful for the stuff in our life that makes it easier or better! Have a great thanksgiving!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 22, 2016 / 8:14 AM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. That’s true; those are the things that we tend to take for granted because they’re so small to even be noticed. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🙂

  41. November 22, 2016 / 8:50 AM

    This is a great list of things to be grateful for! I am, of course, most grateful for my husband and son, but I have to admit, I am also very grateful for naptimes…

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 8:14 AM

      Family is always definitely the first in our list but so are things that help us manage the everyday craziness like nap times, right? Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 8:14 AM

      They are definitely things that are nice to have. Thank you for stopping by. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🙂

  42. November 22, 2016 / 10:35 AM

    Really awesome post!! I am grateful for so many of these things as well..especially nap time! I love the chance to nap when my toddler naps! It is so refreshing!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 8:18 AM

      Thank you; I am glad you loved this. I agree; naps are always refreshing. It really helps. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 8:19 AM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 8:19 AM

      Thank you; I am glad you loved this!

  43. November 22, 2016 / 12:32 PM

    Love this list! I agree, fluffy robes are the best! 🙂

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 8:19 AM

      They really are! Thank you; I am glad you loved this!

  44. Stephanie
    November 22, 2016 / 4:28 PM

    THankful for my family, my home over my head, being able to wake up every morning & my blogging babes!!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 8:24 AM

      Love all these things, Steph! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🙂

  45. November 22, 2016 / 9:23 PM

    I’m secretly thankful for soda (we call it pop) and nap times.. I love nap times for me.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 8:25 AM

      Haha! I love how you’re secretly thankful for soda! Nap times are definitely the best! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 9:38 AM

      Absolutely! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  46. November 23, 2016 / 9:51 AM

    Such a great and encouraging post! I’m most thankful for my family. ‘My husband, my son, and my parents who make day to day life fun and wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 9:52 AM

      Thank you; I am glad you liked this. Family really makes everything fun and wonderful, always does! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  47. November 23, 2016 / 11:47 AM

    What a beautiful list! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 12:05 PM

      Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well!

  48. Sabrina
    November 23, 2016 / 1:15 PM

    This is such a sweet list and I love that you started it with the little things. We always take so much for granted so it is good thing to remind ourselves that some might not even have these little things. Thank you so much for sharing Belle and Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 23, 2016 / 1:37 PM

      Thank you; I am glad you loved it. I agree; these little things in life are so easily taken for granted. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  49. November 23, 2016 / 9:22 PM

    I also am very thankful for hot showers and naps! You have a beautiful family. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 24, 2016 / 12:42 AM

      Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  50. November 26, 2016 / 10:10 AM

    Very nice post. I count my kids as blessings too. When we had our first, we had no idea what being a parent meant. Now, we cannot imagine life any other way. Very sweet post. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 26, 2016 / 11:02 AM

      Thank you! Kids are really a blessing no matter how much we don’t know how to be a parent. I guess our instincts always help us how to be a good one. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well; I hope you had a wonderful one.

  51. November 26, 2016 / 11:20 AM

    There is so much to be thankful for. I love that you keep a robe by your bed. I always get cold too. ha ha. That’s a good idea.

    • Belle
      Author
      November 26, 2016 / 11:33 AM

      Hahaha! I have to! Yes, there really is so much to be thankful for. I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving with your family!

  52. November 26, 2016 / 9:04 PM

    Those are such great thanks to be thankful for! I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving!

    • Belle
      Author
      November 27, 2016 / 12:15 AM

      They really are! I did and it was so much fun! I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving with your family as well.

  53. December 1, 2016 / 1:58 PM

    I really love this list! I am thankful for hot showers, too. Any time I get them, I am thrilled! haha

    • Belle
      Author
      December 1, 2016 / 11:21 PM

      Haha! Thank you! Hot showers are the best! They’re so relaxing too!

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