What are you thankful for?
There are so many things to be thankful for! I try and keep myself focused on taking time to think about what I'm thankful for everyday. Usually, I start with being thankful for my family, my friends, my cozy house, my job that I love, my reliable car, and all the fun things we have and are able to do.
I think it's so important to remember all the things I have to be thankful for on a daily basis. I don't feel like I can want for anything until I recognize what I do have first. And, with two kids in daycare, there are lots of times when I have to think about what I want versus what I need. Sometimes it's hard to stop and put those needs first.
If I think uber-hard about what is something that impacts my life besides all the above things that I'm thankful ever day, it would be my library. I know, this is a book blog and all, but the library makes a difference in my life as a person, as a mother, and as a teacher.
It's clear that I looooooove books. I can't even begin to explain all the friendships I have over a shared love of books. (Hello, Twitter and all my tweeps! I love you and am thankful for you, too!) Books have and continue to shape who I am as a person and they help me to learn more and rethink life. The library gives me access to books and friendly people who also love to talk books - without having to worry about spending my entire family budget on books (believe me, I buy books - but we wouldn't have our nice house or a car or be able to do fun things if I paid to buy every single library book that I read).
As a mother, I love that I can take my kids to our library - a safe place where they can explore books and choose as many books as they want...as long as I can carry them out of there. Every parent knows the feeling of going to a store and wanting to buy their kid everything he or she wants but 1. knowing it's good to set limits and 2. knowing toys can be costly. It's an awesome feeling to know I can jaunt into the library with my kids and let them pick whatever they want (within reason) and know that it's not only free, it's educational.
Finally, as a teacher, I rely on my own library and the public library within the school district I work in to have books for kids to read. Since I work at so many different schools, it's impossible to have my "classroom" library available at every school. The librarian at the public library has a great connection with the schools and will bring me the kinds of books I request to have for my students when I can't provide it to them on my own.
Hands down, the library rocks and I'm so grateful that we have the library as a resource!
Thanks for the question, Kellee!!! To read others' posts and link up, visit Danielle's blog at There's a Book!