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Ivory woke up early in the morning, just as I was about to get into the shower. She came in crying, that little whimper that comes after a bad dream.

I am thankful that she has a mother who can comfort her after a bad dream. I know there are children who don’t have that, and I am grateful that I was there–and not yet in the shower–to hold her and calm her back from the dream world into reality.

It is moments like these that remind me why it is important to fight the depression that comes sometimes, so that my children can have a mother there to hold them and comfort them in times of need.



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  1. I’m thankful for this post today – something I really needed to hear. God bless you and yours, wishing you a wonderful thanksgiving

  2. Oh, I am thankful for your posts and your blog. They aren’t little for long and soon you will look back at mornings like this with a twinge of joy and sadness. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Happy thanksgiving everyone! Thank you for sharing your struggles with us . I too struggle with depression and also anxiety coming by it honestly from my father and grandmother. After many years I finally gave in to a small
    Dose of medication and it has made all the difference. I know this is not for everyone but either way know you are not alone in that. Hugs!

  4. Wow!!!! Beautiful. I am so thankful for you Brandy. Although our lives are so different they are so much alike. I consider you my friend. You and your family are always in my prayers. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!

  5. Today I am very thankful to have so much to be thankful for. I am in a warm house, about to prepare a nice lunch for my loving family.

  6. Brandi, thank you so much my friend for the post today. It really touched my heart. Have a blessed day with your family.

  7. I am grateful to have a loving and hardworking husband that makes it possible for me to be at home with our children. I’m thankful that he was calm today when I got upset about being alone today while he works. I know that he wishes he was home too.

  8. I am thankful for all the mothers out there who tough it out through all the hard times doing their best for their children

  9. When I am tempted to depression I read or listen to podcasts or books as I work or drive or go to sleep which are positive. I fill my mind with good thoughts. Depression comes from dark thoughts preying on our minds, and cannot cohabit with positive thoughts, which completely choke them out. This has been a very difficult year for me, and I could not bear it otherwise. It also helps when I keep busy, and when I think about things to do for someone else. I am sure you do all of those things, Brandy. I am so glad your children have you to comfort them.

  10. Thank you Brandi for the honesty. I think if all of us were more honest about ourselves we could really have fellowship. I struggle too with depression and anxiety and I love the simpleness of this post. The perfect thing for me to have read this morning as my 5 kids are waking up 🙂

  11. Brandy,
    Thank you for the transparency of your post today. It really struck a chord with me. I hope that you had a very happy Thanksgiving with your family. And I thank you for your blog. It has changed my life and my outlook on things. If I had to choose a few people who are inspiring to me, you would be one of them. Thank you. -Alyssa

  12. I am thankful for so much…faith, family and home…for I job I enjoy…for the heritage of living a simple, plain life.

  13. I was recently diagnosed with postpartum depression and reading this made me feel not so alone or scared. Thank you for sharing. I have so many blessings and the greatest blessing is my two little boys who call me Mama.

  14. I know your transparency and honesty are so helpful to so many!!

    We do well to remember that to our children, we are irreplaceable. No one in that moment could have comforted Ivory the way you did. This is such important work! It is a blessing to us and to them to be able to be together.

  15. Brandy, I needed to hear you say that at this very moment. I am a young mom, pregnant with my third child and I feel like I am loosing my sound mind. I am usually not depressed and I have SO much to be thankful for; healthy children, a wonderful husband who provides so I can stay home with my little ones, a nice house, great family and friends etc… But, the hormones that come from pregnancy have me so down and I am fighting not to pick on my husband and to feel positive about the world. Thank you for reminding me that we all go through this sometimes and to fight to stay positive for my children sakes. I am going to get up and try my best.

  16. Today is Easter and I was supposed to be at my nieces 5th birthday at her great grandparents house. My husband is sick and asked me not to leave him home. I called my mom and told her I could not make it, trying not to cry. My husband is diabetic and is sick often but today I read this post from last year and know now to fight the depression and find joy in my life. It’s Easter! I am with my husband and two sons! Thank you Brandy.

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