This Is Difficult…But I’m Thankful!

Author of 5 books, podcaster, parent trainer, husband and father.

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It's not like trying to understand quantum physics. Nor is it the intellectual equivalent of having a PhD. Parenting is hard, everyone understands that! And the bad days sometimes outweigh the good. It's real easy to lose sight of the original dream you had when you begun the process of raising children. But even when it's difficult there's a part of me (sometimes a very small part) that gives thanks for everything I have! Why?

Because I’m thankful! For everything.

I’m thankful for my wife. She’s an amazing mother and wife.
I’m thankful for the home I’ve been blessed with. It’s truly a great gift.
I’m thankful for the greatest friends in the world. They’re also a true blessing.
And I’m thankful for my children.

How God saw fit to entrust their precious lives to us, I’ll never understand. But He did, and I’m thankful.

Life is far from perfect in the Berry household. This morning I cleaned up not 1, not 2, but 3 (yes, 3!) piles of dog poop on our recently cleaned dining room carpet. I grumbled and hissed the entire time. Yesterday, after communicating to our children that they must ask permission before rummaging through our pantry, I caught my daughter pulling out a box of M&M’s. My son threw his entire body on the hardwood floor when he was told it was well past his bedtime and it was time to head to his room. It wasn’t that much fun to paint over permanent marker on the cabinet doors in our family room because our 4 year old closely resembles an angry artist! Oh, and lets not forget the cold stare I received when I told my daughter that it was unacceptable for her to call her brother “stupid” for asking a simple question about the contents of a cereal box.

That’s life, however! And these are some of the bumps and bruises sustained along the parenting road. It’s frustrating, stressful, not always fun, and lots and lots of work. There are times when we want to scream and times when we want to laugh. There are tears and smiles, good times and bad. But all in all, I’m thankful for all of these amazing people in my life.

As we approach Thanksgiving this Thursday, in-spite of the enormous difficulties that may linger, be thankful for all you have!

I’m positive that long after the meal is over, and our kids are in bed, my wife and I will be chiseling sweet potato casserole off of our cabinet doors because someone “didn’t like sweet potato casserole” and screamed, then flung their fork!
We will probably not be smiling or saying “Christian” things in that moment.
Heck, we might even have to rent a sand blaster to grind down the chunks of turkey plastered to the hard wood floor beneath our table. And you can bet that holiday joy will not be evident in our spirits (although spirits may be evident in our holiday joy!…….see what I just did there?)

No matter what, we’ll give thanks- for the family we have!

Why? Well, it’s really simple……we’re thankful, even though it’s difficult at times.

Question: How about you? What are you thankful for? 

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Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.