Talking about parenting: With so much to be thankful

Published 12:20 pm Saturday, November 23, 2019

Chris Kovatch

Things have begun to settle into a new normal at our home after our flooding incident last week. 

Our home does definitely look a bit cluttered as furniture and belongings have temporary homes in our living and dining rooms, but we have so much to be thankful for.

As we are closing in on Thanksgiving, I believe it is important to pause and remember what we do have. In a world that is constantly telling us that we ‘deserve’ certain items, it is important to be thankful for having the things we need.

I have been fortunate to be able to participate in several mission trips to Ecuador over the last 10 years or so. 

I learned many things from these experiences, but perhaps the most profound is how simple life can be. 

Working in the villages that surrounded our camp, it was quite evident that the residents didn’t have much by our standards. Many homes have dirt floors and electricity is a luxury not a necessity. Most of the children’s clothes are hand-me-downs and extremely well-worn. 

With all they were ‘lacking’, I have never seen a happier or more content people. 

This has made me pause over the years and realize that many of our ‘needs’ are even close to being vital to our existence.

We also have so many opportunities to help those in need in our own community. There are a number of organizations including The Salvation Army, Red Cross, and Orange Christian Services, that are focused on meeting a variety of needs. These organizations are dependent upon volunteers and donations to keep providing their services to the community.

This holiday season, I urge everyone to truly take time to realize all the blessings we receive. 

We are so fortunate to have more than we need. Take time to look around at those living in our community who may be struggling. Take this opportunity to be a blessing to them. 

Sometimes the smallest gesture can have a huge impact.


Chris Kovatch is a resident of Orange County. You can reach him at