Gratitude is my Attitude

snyderwrites peeps,

This is the first day of my 30th year officially and I am tired! We had our two year old in our bed last night, kicking me like a mule. I called it quits around 6:30 AM. Had to vacate the premises and relocate to the couch downstairs.

Funny how your kids get an upgrade from their cribs and end up with a pretty nice piece of real estate when they cry. I know she enjoys cuddling with us on our king sized bed. That little…Alright, as I’m typing it out,

it’s pretty cute I guess.

Yesterday caused me to, “count my blessings”, for lack of a better phrase. Having the four billion pictures hanging up on our walls caused me to reflect on all the many directions my life has gone the last almost nine years since meeting my wife (If you didn’t see my last post / don’t have any clue what I’m talking about, go there now).

Common themes from the pictures: Family, Fun, Camping, Guitar-Playin’, and Piggy-Back-Rides

I commented to my sister that clearly, more than anything else I’ve done in the last few years, is hold kids. That’s my one skill in life. I’m an expert. I am holding one of our kids in nearly every other picture.

Which brought it home to me that I am fortunate. I got lucky. I’m blessed. Whatever way you spin it, it’s a miracle that I have so many beautiful people who care about me and rely on me. Somehow I tricked Julie to tie the knot with me. I married up my friends!

But it’s not like for everybody.

I’ve met countless individuals from broken homes, abusive relationships, and they have expressed their loneliness and inability to cope with their circumstances. In those moments, I feel inadequate and question why my plate has been so full, when so many others are left with nothing. Why does it work out that way?

I honestly don’t know. I’d like to think that I am a man of logic and faith, and I have no clue what to think about this.

The only thing that I can do is live my life to the building up and service of others.

  • I’ve got to take any opportunity that I have to extend a hand of fellowship, support, and love to those in need.
  • I need to find those old friends that I used to talk to and let them know they still have a friend.
  • When it comes to raising my kids, I have to give them my best self. No excuses. It doesn’t matter what goes on during the day. I’m their dad, and they’re counting on me!

I’m turned thirty. Three decades of life. So thankful for everything that I have.

Now what am I going to do with the next thirty? How will I use my time?


Because I have been given much, I too must give.



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