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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
- Significant Other or Spouse
- Being a Mom
- Jesus Christ [affiliate]
- Work Ethic
- Answered Prayers
- Date Night
- US Citizenship
- Sunrises and Sunsets
- Heated Car Seats
- Modern appliances – washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, mixer, fridge
- Grocery Stores
- Computer (affiliate)
- Online Shopping
- Package Deliveries
- Advil/Ibuprofen [affiliate]
- A good pen [affiliate]
- Random Acts of Kindness
- People Who Serve
- Fresh Bread
- iPad [affiliate]
- Colorado Water
- Good Health
- Dental Sealants
- Good Recipes
- Air Conditioning
- Scriptures [affiliate]
- Fall Colors
- Clean Sheets
- Kids Adulting
- A Beautiful View
- Quiet Mornings
- Exercise and Equipment
- Favorite Smells
- Piano Lessons
- Blistex [affiliate]
- Home Videos and Family Pictures
- Thank You Notes
- Ocean and Beaches
- Uplifting People
- Quaint Cities
- Good Hair Days
- Typing Skills
- Healthy Food Choices
- On Time Flights
- Cell Phone [affiliate]
- Snow That Melts
- Green Thumb
- Snow Plows
- Good Hair Days
- Legs That Work
- 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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Check out My Favorite Inspirational Things to inspire your own tradition of being thankful.
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