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100 Awesome Thankful Ideas

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In 2014, I began to write Thankful Posts throughout the month of November on my personal blog.

Since then, I have compiled a list of well over 100 items.

Of course, there are repeats from year to year with posts about my husband and daughters, but I try to find ideas that are often overlooked.

Here are Some of my Favorite Thankful Posts Over the Years

Cool Inventions

I am thankful for the people who invented sticky notes, tape, velcro, zip-ties, staplers, paper clips and the like. We often take such brilliance for granted, but I am grateful for all of them.

Hugging My Mom

I remember hugging my mom as a young teenager. She was taller than me and always willing to enfold me in a hug. I missed that when I went away to school. There is something about hugging her that can’t be duplicated by anyone else.

Chris, Kristen and I visited my parents in October, and as we prepared to leave, we had a family prayer with my parents. I stood with bowed head in the front hall as my dad prayed over all of us.

Suddenly, I felt my mom’s shoulder gently nudge mine as she moved to stand close to me. I simply turned as my father prayed and enfolded my mom in a hug. She’s a little shorter now, and as I wrapped my arms around her, she softly cried on my shoulder.

That was a moment I will remember forever.

There is simply nothing in this world that replaces my mom’s hug. I am so thankful for her.

Snow Plows

For those times when I do have to drive in snow, I am thankful for snow plows and drivers who are working hard throughout the storm to keep the roads clear.

Medical Procedures

I am thankful for medical procedures such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and flu shots that are preventative in nature while giving peace of mind.


I can’t even begin to express how much I love being married to Christopher. 

Things to be thankful for

He is not perfect. I am not perfect. 

But together, we are working through our challenges, laughing at crazy jokes, enjoying the thrill of exploring parts of this world together, loving our daughters, and so much more. 

Life is so much better with Christopher than without him.

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I am thankful that photography is such a passion of mine.  As we are touring the South of France together right now, I am almost giddy with excitement at the next vignette or vista that might be around the next corner. 

I am thankful for my camera[affiliate], my iPhone camera[affiliate], and all the pictures Chris takes to capture the moments we are sharing together.


I have been blessed to have amazing parents in my life.  They taught me how to work hard, to value education, to be a parent, and to love God (just to name a few) as I watched them do it first.  I love that they love each other and enjoy life together.


An odd choice, I know.  But I am thankful for goosebumps as a physical manifestation of the excitement of something beautiful that I see or hear, or a simple touch that brings a shiver to my spine, even a spiritual moment that testifies beyond what I already know.


OMWH is my favorite acronym.  Chris talks in acronyms all the time in relation to his work.  I don’t even pretend that I understand what they mean, but when he sends me OMWH, I am always happy.

OMWH = On My Way Home


You know that feeling you get when the messes never seem to end? You pick up after your children, and they follow right behind creating mayhem in their wake.

Yeah, even when they get older they still make messes.

Way back in 2006 Kristen was just a year old and beginning to master her mess-making abilities. I had just finished cleaning the sidelights by the front door. I put the cleaners away, and when I returned I saw this. 

Handprints on a window

I had an epiphany. The messes wouldn’t last forever. And one day there would be no more girl messes to clean up. 

When you’re in the middle of the messes, you might scoop the hair from your eyes and think, “That would be delightful.” It was one of those moments when I was taught a lesson, and it was mine to appreciate or overlook. 

I chose to appreciate the moment I was in and not wish away three childhoods in hopes of “easier” days. I’ve really only got these little ones for a short time…


I was listening to the audiobook, The Heavens Are Open by Wendy Watson Nelson. She begins the introduction with:

“I am a believer. I do not remember ever not believing in God our Heavenly Father and in His son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. I believe in the ministering of angels, dreams that bring messengers and messages, words from hymns that float into our minds unexpectedly and yet exactly when we need them. And scriptures that open to answer the questions we most need to have answered on any given day. I believe in miracles.

Actually, I count on them, and at this point in my life I believe that the Lord brings us the precise miracles that will help us grow into our true selves and miracles that will help us do His work. I believe that in the temples of God we can receive His power through ordinances that enlighten our minds, invigorate our spirits, heal our hearts and bodies, and provide the eternal perspective that helps things make sense. I believe in the power of priesthood blessings to heal.”

Wendy Watson Nelson

When I was just a young girl, I remember a Family Home Evening lesson taught by my father about having a testimony and learning to ask Heavenly Father if He is real.

My dad challenged my older sister and brother and me to ask in prayer, and promised that if we did, God would answer.

I could not have been more than four or five, but that night after Family Home Evening, I knelt in prayer and asked. I felt the warmth of the Holy Ghost witnessing to me, and I knew.

I excitedly ran upstairs to tell my dad saying, “He answered me!”

Since that moment, I have been a believer. I believe as Sister Nelson does. While I don’t remember much of my days of faith prior to the first time I asked if God was real, I do know that my believing in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost has guided my life since that time.

I am thankful to have a believing heart and mind.

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Are you ready? Here Goes My List of 100 Awesome Things to be Thankful for:

  1. Significant Other or Spouse
  2. Marriage
  3. Being a Mom
  4. Children
  5. Family
  6. Grandparents
  7. Sisters
  8. Brothers
  9. Parents
  10. Friends
  11. Love
  12. Jesus Christ [affiliate]
  13. Work Ethic
  14. Prayer
  15. Answered Prayers
  16. Technology
  17. Date Night
  18. US Citizenship
  19. Freedom
  20. Books
  21. Sunrises and Sunsets
  22. Heated Car Seats
  23. Modern appliances – washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, mixer, fridge
  24. Airplanes
  25. Grocery Stores
  26. Photography
  27. Computer (affiliate)
  28. Online Shopping
  29. Laughter
  30. Inspiration
  31. Facetime
  32. Package Deliveries
  33. Fireplace
  34. Advil/Ibuprofen [affiliate]
  35. A good pen [affiliate]
  36. Random Acts of Kindness
  37. People Who Serve
  38. Fresh Bread
  39. iPad [affiliate]
  40. Colorado Water
  41. Good Health
  42. Internet
  43. Dental Sealants
  44. Music
  45. Good Recipes
  46. Education
  47. Atonement
  48. Home
  49. Air Conditioning
  50. Hugs
  51. Scriptures [affiliate]
  52. Fall Colors
  53. Income/Employment
  54. Clean Sheets
  55. Kids Adulting
  56. A Beautiful View
  57. Chocolate
  58. Forgiveness
  59. Neatness
  60. Quiet Mornings
  61. Exercise and Equipment
  62. Carpools
  63. Favorite Smells
  64. Piano Lessons
  65. Glasses/Sunglasses
  66. Europe
  67. Blistex [affiliate]
  68. Bargains
  69. Heartbreaks
  70. Kisses
  71. Naps
  72. Toiletries
  73. Vacuums
  74. Wonder
  75. Happiness
  76. Home Videos and Family Pictures
  77. Thank You Notes
  78. Christmas
  79. Ocean and Beaches
  80. Mountains
  81. Hiking
  82. Pinterest
  83. Spotify
  84. Uplifting People
  85. Quaint Cities
  86. Memories
  87. Good Hair Days
  88. Watermelon
  89. Typing Skills
  90. Healthy Food Choices
  91. On Time Flights
  92. Cell Phone [affiliate]
  93. Snow That Melts
  94. Hobbies
  95. Green Thumb
  96. Snow Plows
  97. Spring
  98. Good Hair Days
  99. Legs That Work
  100. Getaways With My Spouse

Final Thoughts on 100 Awesome Thankful Ideas

I hope these ideas get your mind into the mode of being grateful. It is a blessing to have a holiday that focus specifically on giving thanks; our challenge is to find ways to be grateful all year long.


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1 month ago

Beautiful list!! Love package deliveries and fresh bread 🙂 Marnie xx

1 month ago

I love this list! Such a great timely post. It is so important to be grateful.