Count Your Blessings This Christmas

As I write this I know that there is a mother sitting at her child‘s hospital bedside. I know most of you have read the story in Our Ordinary Life blog. If you haven’t I will sum it up for you.

A young mother and fellow blogger was out Christmas shopping with her baby boy on Friday. When she was walking down the sidewalk with her young son in his umbrella stroller a semi truck turned the corner and ran over the stroller. The baby was thrown out of the stroller and pinned under one of the wheels. It is still a mystery as to how he got thrown out of the stroller and he must have had a guardian angel with him because he is still alive today.

The baby will be hospitalized for a few months but I am sure that his family is thanking God for the wonderful doctors and the Christmas miracle that he is still alive. I can not imagine the horror that mother went through. Please keep her and her young baby in your prayers this Christmas.

I wasn’t planning on writing this article today as I am getting ready to leave to go home for Christmas. But when I read the story about the tragedy I believe that God whispered into my ear to share this with you.

Christmas is a time of giving and should also be a time to thank God for all his blessings and pray for those who need it most. Thousands of children in the US are hospitalized each day. Some of them are suffering from illness like childhood cancer or injuries due to accidents like the above story. I can not imagine what it is like to be a kid and have to celebrate Christmas from a hospital bed.

As many as 3.5 million people experience homelessness in a given year in the United States alone. 23% are families with children—the fastest growing segment of homelessness. How do you celebrate Christmas without a home? Can you imagine sitting outside in the cold without a warm fireplace and gifts under the tree on Christmas day? These people also need our prayers along with all the sick children in hospitals.

Our children need to learn that Christmas is not all about receiving gifts, but it is about giving. When was the last time you donated to a charity? Have you ever volunteered at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter? Have you ever thought about volunteering at your local Children’s Hospital? These are just a few things that you can do to give this year.

If you are not blessed financially how has God blessed you? If your talent is hospitality and cooking why not volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. You can teach your children how to give through your example.

Today I thank the Lord for blessing me with a warm home, food on the table, and my five healthy beautiful children. I will keep the less fortunate in my thoughts and prayers this Christmas and plan on giving more of myself in 2012.

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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at and her articles can also be found on She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, manages Mom’s Natural Health and Wellness Store, and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge.

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