Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day 1: What is The Thankfulness Experiment?

Welcome to The Thankfulness Experiment!  You are invited to join me on a 66 day journey to see if being thankful really makes a difference.  The task is simple… list 5 things you are thankful for each day on this blog.  The goal?  To reach 10,000 reasons we are thankful by January 5th.  Is this possible?  Absolutely… if you invite your friends to join in… and if we work together to turn journaling thankfulness into a habit.   

Thankfulness is often on my radar screen during the month of November, simply because of Thanksgiving.  I don’t know about you, but the Thanksgiving meal itself is enough for me to be thankful all month because I love all the yumminess that I get to eat that day.  But what about being thankful all the time?  This is definitely something to strive for, but I’m not quite there yet.  What about you? 

Some of you may wonder if thankfulness could really make a difference in your life.  And that’s a fair question.  Believe it or not, scientists have tested this theory…  Family Fun magazine (yes, I am a mother of two boys) had a brief blurb that shared “University of California researcher Dr. Robert Emmons found that grateful people report a host of benefits, such as stronger immune systems, better sleep, and more joy and optimism.” (November 2012, p. 39).   Those are some pretty good reasons to join in a thankfulness experiment, right?

So, let’s begin.  In order to determine if being thankful really makes a difference, we need to create a baseline and answer this question:  How thankful am I right now?  So before you begin The Thankfulness Experiment, rate yourself on this question using a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 beingMy life stinks!  Why should I be thankful?” and 10 beingI’m thankful all the time… in fact my picture is in the dictionary next to thankfulness! Jot down why you gave yourself this rating too.  Feel free to blog this or just write it in a notebook. 

We will rate ourselves again on day 66, January 5th, to see if this Thankfulness Experiment made any difference in our lives.  It will be interesting to see what benefits we experience… will our own experiment synch up with Dr. Emmons findings?  Or better yet, will we experience benefits that go beyond his research?  Only time will tell…

So here we are… ready to begin The Thankfulness Experiment.  You can hold me accountable to 66 days of thanksgiving, and hopefully, I can hold you accountable too.  I’m looking forward to partnering with you on this journey.  Today, I’m focusing on some people I’m thankful for, so here’s the first five reasons on our list…

1.      I’m thankful for my husband, with whom I’m celebrating 10 years of marriage today. 

2.      I’m thankful for my dear friend who encouraged me to embark on The Thankfulness Experiment journey.

3.      I’m thankful for my boss who challenged me to start using social media… and here I am, officially on Twitter and writing my own blog. 

4.      I’m thankful for two of my fellow bloggers, who taught me the ins and outs of blogging in about 45 minutes.

5.      I’m thankful for the enthusiasm of my two friends and their daughters, who were so excited about The Thankfulness Experiment that they designed a logo and t-shirts for it!

I’m so thankful for these people… and for each of you who are joining me in The Thankfulness Experiment.  Here’s to 10,000 reasons… only 9,995 more to go… 



  1. 1. I am thankful 4 my amazing husband who is truly my hero.
    2. I am thankful for the beautiful colors of fall.
    3. I am thankful for my crockpot who is busy making dinner while I'm making this list.
    4. I am thankful for coffee.
    5. I am thankful for my Brave Friend who said yes to making this blog experiment a reality :-D

  2. I know this isn't five things, but today I'm completely overwhelmed with thankfulness for two friends of mine who really are able to get through to me, keep me on track, and support me through everything. That's one thing I'm thankful for today.

  3. 6. I am thankful for my husband (of 16 years tomorrow) who is always there for me.

    7. I am thankful for my children who provide me with accountability for the goals I set.

    8. I am thankful for being able to work for people who treat me like family.

    9. I am thankful that even without family in town I have wonderful friends who have become my family.

    10. I am thankful to be able to share things with my children that my parents could not do with me.

  4. 1. I am thankful for a husband who loves me, even when I'm not so pretty...physically and emotionally!

    2. I am thankful for a 2-year old who loves to spontaneously burst into song.

    3. I am thankful for a 7-week old that keeps me up at night, while giving me more smiles than I deserve.

    4. I am thankful for technology that allows me to see family I love so dearly, whenever I want, even though they live 8-13 hours away.

    5. I am thankful for a dear friend who loves me for who I am: the good, the bad and the ugly!

  5. 1.I am thankful for my husband and 2 sons.

    2.I am thankful that both my boys love baseball and like to play pass with their Mom.

    3.I am thankful for all my brothers and sisters.

    4.I am thankful that I can still run (doesn't matter if it is slow!)

    5.I am thankful for old friends.

  6. 1. I am thankful for Angela Thomas', "Brave" study and how it challenged me this week.
    2. I am thankful for my friend, Amanda, who bravely spoke up today.
    3. I am thankful for a phone call with my husband - who just listened while I talked!
    4. I am thankful for all the varieties, colors, and shapes of pumpkins.
    5. I am thankful for the taste of dark chocolate (double thankful in fact)..

  7. Lisa B:

    1. I am thankful that my sister, her husband, and my nieces were not injured when a tree fell on their house as a result of the bad storm this week.

    2. I am thankful for my husband, who knows how to make my children laugh all the time, especially when he starts playing Christmas music 2 months before Christmas!

    3. I am thankful that my 6 year old absolutely loves to learn.

    4. I am thankful that my 5 year old is determined in everything she does and does not give up.

    5. I am thankful for my Sunday runs with a wonderful friend that help me de-stress.

  8. i am thankful for elle's smile
    i am thankful for adelaide's hug
    i am thankful that john's on his way home
    i am thankful for charity's phone call
    i am thankful for meredith dunn school

  9. 1) I am thankful for healthy BUSY Gboys (grandsons), they show that life goes on.
    2) I am thankful that autistic daughter, Tiffany, is proving all the authorites wrong!
    3) I am thankful for a warm, dry, safe house w/ food in my pantry.
    4) I am thankful that, while I'm not rich, I'm provided for.
    5) I am thankful for purple, it makes so many people smile!

  10. 1. I am thankful for my husband of 16 years and family.
    2. I am thankful for those who "do the right thing" even when it is uncomfortable.
    3. I am thankful for close friends that lift me up and celebrate my successess.
    4. I am thankful for opportunities to grow spiritually and intellectually.
    5. I am thankful for this experiment.

  11. Debbie R.

    1. I am thankful for Jesus.

    2. I am thankful for a church family like Adventure to worship with.

    3. I am thankful for all my family and friends.

    4. I am thankful for the life I am blessed to lead.

    5. For all things, I am thankful.

  12. 1. I am thankful for such a wonderful God Who loves me so much.
    2. I am thankful for a fabulous husband who shows me he loves me in so many ways.
    3. I am thankful for Bible Study which holds me accountable to God's Word and renews my mind.
    4. I am thankful for my sister.
    5. I am thankful for friends.

  13. 1. I am thankful for the voices that call me by my favorite name, "Mommy".
    2. I am thankful for the overflowing abundance of provisions from God.
    3. I am thankful for friends showing me a true heart for God.
    4. I am thankful for airplanes that so often take my husband to the other side of the country but yet can bring him home to us in a matter of hours.
    5. I am thankful for hugs given so freely by my students.

  14. amanda thankful for the brave study. im thankful for ginny crowe,heather snider,cathy naga, carla sullivan, camaille martin,melissa thankful for my husband steve of 20 yrs. my three thankful for s.o.a.r.

  15. 1. I am thankful for Christ and his amazing love.
    2. I am thankful for the love of my husband.
    3. I am thankful for each of my children (including those who "married" into the family) ~ Ryan, Josh, Samantha, Wesley, Brennan & Ashley.
    4. I am thankful for my two grandsons and the two grandchildren "on the way".
    5. I am thankful for my family in Louisiana.

  16. 1, thankful for my awesome wife who loves Jesus more than me
    2. 2 energetic, healthy boys that make life so interesting!
    3. A great job that I enjoy that provides for our needs and more
    4. My DC group that challenges me to stay in God's word
    5. Great friends that I can enjoy riding bikes with

  17. Ashley A.

    1. I am thankful for God's eternal love. Even at times when I feel that I don't deserve it, He is always present and understanding.
    2. I am thankful for my Husband who is truly the most amazing man and best friend that I could ever hope for.
    3. I am thankful for the memories I have with my Dad and Mamaw.
    4. I am thankful for the love and support of my family and friends, no matter how far away.
    5. I am thankful for my Faith and believing in God's plan.

  18. 1. I am thankful for my parents who have always loved me unconditionally.
    2. I am thankful for my husband who shows his love by doing everything in his power to take good care of me and our daughter.
    3. I am thankful for said young daughter, the most amazing blessing. She will never know how much I love her. (Ah, now I have some insight in my parents' unconditional love).
    4. I am thankful I can have personal happiness and professional/intellectual satisfaction even though I'm not yet convinced there is such a thing a true balance.
    5. I am thankful for old friends, the kind like Heather is to me, who bring me strength, challenge me to be a better person, and inspire me.

    -Catherine A.

  19. 1. I am thankful that I have a job in which I can make a difference.
    2. I am thankful for laughter.
    3. I am thankful that I have the strength and ability to take a walk with my husband.
    4. I am thankful for a supportive and loving husband.
    5. I am thankful for my mom, she makes doing all my kids do possible!
    Kathy Y.

  20. 1. I am thankful that I am thankful for so many things...I am trying to narrow them down to a list of 5.
    2. I am thankful for friendship and family.
    3. I am thankful for my health.
    4. I am thankful for my healthy, happy son.
    5. I am thankful when God blesses me every day with another day!

    Denise H.

  21. 1. I am thankful for my loving husband who loves me even when I am not so lovable.
    2. Our children who strive to make us proud and holds us accountable each and every day.
    3. My heavenly Father whom I pray to and with everyday!
    4. My praying family.
    5. I am thankful that God is providing and paving the path for our household to become debt free!

    Adonya A

  22. I am overflowing with thankfulness and joy for: (Rosie T.)

    1. My daughter's first middle school basketball game was today. She has tried out for school teams for the last four years and she finally made the team! It was a red letter day!

    2. My dog has completely healed from a serious injury.

    3. My kids did the dishes with no fussing.

    4. My daughter and son worked on their math homework together, helped each other figure out where their mistakes were and got them all correct WITHOUT any help from mom.

    5. I was able to explain to two young men that came to my house today why I love my Heavenly Father, what Jesus Christ did for me and for them, that we all have access to the Father, not just a chosen few and why there is no need for another book other than the Bible to teach me about God. I was able to quote Scripture to back up my answers and spoke with conviction. They saw they were getting no where with me so they excused themselves and moved on. My Bible Study teachers would have been proud.

  23. thankful for save travels
    alex is out of the nest
    Rikki's smile and love
    My job
    my health

  24. 1. I am thankful for my beautiful Adrianna snuggled up next to me this cool fall night.

    2. I am thankful for the entertainers of country music who lift my spirits.

    3. I am thankful for a husband who truly loves me unconditionally.

    4. I am thankful for laughter with my sweet Luca today.

    5. I am thankful for the snip clinic helping me with my neighborhood stray cat over population.

  25. I am:

    - thankful for my wife who I am celebrating 16 years with today (we share your special date)
    - thankful for my health and the health of my family
    - thankful for electricity, running hot/cold water, food, heat, and other comfort amenities while so many others on the east coast (temporarily) and others in the world (permanently) do without
    - thankful others in Christ who can push each other in love with challenges like this
    - thankful for so many blessings that I could not count them all
    - thankful for Jesus who is the Alpha and the Omega.....and my Savior

    1. Congratulations on your 16 year anniversary! I hope you had a great time celebrating with your wife. :)

  26. 1. I am thankful for snuggle time with my pretty little Adrianna.

    2. I am thankful for laughter today with my sweet Luca.

    3. I am thankful for my husband's unconditional love.

    4. I am thankful for the entertainers of country music.

    5. I am thankful for Heather challenging me to acknowledge what I am thankful for.

  27. j.b. is:

    1. Thankful for a husband that keeps us moving forward even when times are tough.
    2. Thankful for a daughter that reminds me that everything is worth it.
    3. Thankful for one more day with this baby in my belly.
    4. Thankful for an out of the blue check from the IRS....that's right, they gave us money!
    5. Thankful for laughter. Lots and lots of laughter.

  28. I am thankful for the work the Lord has given us.

    I am thankful for my good health as well as my family's.

    I am thankful for sunrises.

    I am thankful for my prayer group.

    I am thankful for my cat who curls up every night on my lap, sings to me with purrs and looks at me with total love in her eyes.

  29. 1. I am thankful for my wonderful family including my beautiful (inside and out) neice Heather.
    2. I am thankful for my grandchildren who are some of the funniest people I know.
    3. I am thankful that the this election will be over in a few days and life can get back to normal.
    4. I am thankful for my job because at least once a day I laugh so hard I cry here and that is a blessing.
    5. I'm thankful for the UofL Sports programs which bring me endless joy, Go CARDS!
    6. I'm thankful for Thanksgiving because it's the best time of year.
    7. I'm thankful that my neice Ashley will be in town for Thanksgiving because I miss her every day.
    8. I'm thankful for my husband of 31 years because who else could have put up with me for that long? ;-)
    9. I'm thankful for Ginger Lemon tea because it warms you up when it's cold and it makes you feel better.
    10. I'm thankful for this blog because I don't ever really take time to think about what I'm thankful for.


  30. I am thankful my husband was not injured in a car accident yesterday.
    I am thankful for God's clear direction when I am clueless.
    I am thankful for good health.
    I am thankful for sweet, supportive family and friends.
    I am thankful God can bring good out of anything!

    Lisa S.

  31. 1. I am thankful my Starbucks kids size hot chocolate was upgraded to grande for free!

    2. I am thankful for a beautiful, cool, crisp, sunny Florida day.

    3. I am thankful for Joe, sticking by me.

    4. I am thankful for my two four legged girls, Bella and Luci.

    5. I am thankful for a great evening with friends, walking in memory of those who have passed from Leukemia.


  32. 1. Thankful for 2 healthy children
    2. Thankful for a loving wife.
    3. Thankful for a Heavenly Father that loves us no matter what.
    4. Thankful for a country where we are free to worship.
    5. Thankful for a job that I love.

  33. Meredith B
    1. I am thankful for my husband - someone I can't imagine doing life without.
    2. I am thankful for my two healthy boys
    3. I am thankful for a very active little one on the way
    4. I am thankful for a warm house
    5. I am thankful for extended family who care to be involved in our lives

  34. I am thankful for:
    1. A picture I found on FB with my son wearing the hotdog costume I sent him! Ha ha
    2. strong arms and legs to clean the house
    3. THe Lord's grace and sufficiency
    4. warm sunshine beaming in my kitchen window
    5. Jazzercise

  35. 1 I am thankful for my family.
    2 I am thankful for my health.
    3 I am thankful for my friends.
    4 I am thankful for the many blessings I have received.
    5 I am thankful for a loving husband who will always stand by me.

  36. Laurie Wood
    1. I am thankful for my new bible study family at Adventure Church
    2. I am thankful that Heather has created this Thankful Experiment Blog. I know I will be blessed by it.
    3. I am thankful for my husband of 20 years.
    4. I am thankful for my awesome teenager son and daughter
    5. I am thankful that my daughter is home from college for the week-end and we hung out together yesterday.

  37. Purple Pam
    1)I'm thankful for a good report from Tiff's new RA Dr.
    2)I'm thankful for a fun day w/ Tiff.
    3)I'm thankful God's provision. My CPAP machine broke & He reminded me that I had a old one that still works good enough till the new one comes in.
    4)I'm thankful for helpful, pleasant Drs office staffers that helped with so much today.
    5) I'm thankful that purple, once again, made someone smile. It was the Radiologist favorite color!

  38. 1. I am thankful for having such a wonderful support system with my parents, in-laws, and sister that allows me to work, but know that my girls are always under great care.
    2. I am thankful for a big favor from a close friend.
    3. I am thankful for getting to spend the night hanging out with my girls and my husband.
    4. I am thankful for my neighbors - they are a great group of people who are there if I need help and make me laugh when we hang out.
    5. I am thankful for a coworker who always offer assistance when I need it.

  39. 1. I am thankful that my husband & I have a date night tonight!
    2. I am thankful that my children are off school for a 4 day weekend!
    3. I am thankful our family is healthy.
    4. I am thankful the weather is beautiful for our date night.
    5. I am thankful to have had 16 wonderful years with my fabulous husband!

  40. 1. I am thankful for a weekend with nothing much to do ahead.
    2. I am thankful for pizza and movie night with my girlies.
    3. I am thankful that my husband comes home tonight.
    4. I am thankful for the few minutes I got to hold the a sweet little newborn (bliss!).
    5. I am thankful my friend is about to get relief from incredible stress.

  41. Ashley A.

    1. I am thankful for a warm house to live in and food to eat.
    2. I am thankful to all the men and women that have fought and continue to fight for our nations freedom.
    3. I am thankful for the ability to love and be loved by a dog so much so that it feels like they are a person!
    4. I am thankful for the chance to experience life outside of my small town.
    5. I am thankful for a reliable car especially with 4WD in the snow.

  42. 1. I am thankful for 3 happy, healthy children.
    2. I am thankful that it is Friday.
    3. I am thankful for the best girlfriends in the world, and that I get to spend next weekend in the mountains with them.
    4. I am thankful that we have heat when it is cold, and air when it is hot.
    5. I am thankful for old friends!
    Kathy Y.

  43. Today I am thankful for:
    My Bff Kristy. Love our afternoons together. Massage Envy for helping get my knots out. My husband being so understanding. A good home for one of our kittens. My 3 children safe and healthy.

  44. Today I am thankful our daughter gets to spend time with her cousins. Drinking hot chcolate and coffee on a cold morning. I'm thankful for a warm shower. Thankful for my parents' wisdom and love. I'm thankful that I get to sleep and extra hour this weekend because of the time change.

    Debbie D.

  45. Meredith B.
    1. I am thankful for gray, fall days that make it feel cozy inside
    2. I am thankful for being awakened with a kiss from my 4 year old
    3. I am thankful for a husband who gets up early on saturdays so I can sleep.
    4. I am thankful for decaf coffee
    5. I am thankful for fall scents like pumpkin and cinnamon

  46. Ashley A.

    1. I am thankful for some girl time with a great friend today.
    2. I am thankful for my health.
    3. I am thankful for early morning coffee talks with a woman who is like a mother to me!
    4. I am thankful for my awesome aunts. Especially Gayan who treats me as one of her own kids!
    5. I am thankful for my cousin Heather who has always been there with great advice and believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself!

  47. Purple Pam
    1)I'm thankful that most of the stuff I bought at the grocery was on sale.
    2)I'm thankful that I CAN go to a grocery & get food & gas for my car, when so many can't right now.
    3)I'm thankful for an unexpected visit from my brother (from Nashville)
    4)I'm thankful that God is in control I don't always have to figure it out, He's already done it!
    5)I'm thankful I can make purple look so good!

  48. Vanessa Haden
    I am thankful my husband liked the cheesy anniversary gifts I gave him.
    I am thankful for the different personalities my kids have.
    I am thankful for safe travels to visit family.
    I am thankful for a great birthday celebration for my father in-law.
    I am thankful for the parenting class we are taking.

  49. Today I am thankful for...
    1. Fun evening with my hubby & kids at Gattiland and sky zone.
    2. Sleeping in.
    3. A God who forgives me over and over!
    4. A clean kitchen.
    5. My sister who although she is younger is often so much wiser and has good advice when I need it.

  50. Day 3

    1. I am thankful that God always provides for our every need!
    2. I am thankful that we are employed.
    3. I am thankful that I could take a nap today and get refreshed!
    4. I am thankful that our children are walking in their gifts!
    5. I am thankful that my step-dad's surgery was a success!

    Adonya A.

  51. Amanda l.
    I'm thankful for doctors
    I'm thankful for Dr.Murray
    I'm thankful for my business
    I'm thankful for music
    I'm thankful for adventure Christian church

  52. Amanda l.
    I'm thankful for God
    I'm thankful for sermons on Sundays
    I'm thankful for my house
    I'm thankful for my friends
    I'm thankful for my bibles

  53. I am thankful for my dear friend Susan
    I am thankful for a date night with my husband
    I am thankful for my good health
    I am thankful for my Lord and Savior
    I am thankful for night home with our family
    Laurie Wood

  54. 1. The freedom to worship.
    2. Time with family.
    3. Baked potatoes.
    4. Sunshine.
    5. Occassionally, having a quiet house.

    Debbie D.

  55. 1. Thankful for the motivation God gave me to do a partial organization of the garage. Me? Undisciplined? Oh, wait, it did take me 3 months to make it happen!
    2. Thankful for our friends who shared our anniversary dinner with us.
    3. Thankful that my kids are enjoying the sunny weather with each other and the neighbors.
    4. Thankful for the extra hour of sleep.
    5. Thankful that God can call me out on so many things and doesn't get His feelings hurt when I get mad at Him for calling me out.

  56. 1. For a wonderful husband who shows me he loves me in so many ways
    2. For a warm home
    3. For the neighbor kids to play with my kids
    4. For vacations
    5. For iPads so I can sit in bed and do this


  57. 1. For great worship at my church.
    2. For my whole family attending with me.
    3. For in-laws that are always willing to help with child care AND...
    4. For getting to see the love shared in that special grandparent/grandchild bond.
    5. For delicious hot tea.

  58. Day 4
    1. I am thankful for reconnecting with old friends some from 30+ years ago.
    2. Thankful for all friends past, present, and future.
    3. So grateful for my mom who paved the path for me to follow Jesus.
    4. Thankful that we get to express our voices and vote on Tuesday.
    5. For my daughter who can express herself openly without prejudice.

    Adonya A.

  59. Meredith B.
    1. I'm thankful that my son's fever and symptoms disappeared overnight
    2. I'm thankful that I unexpectedly got to hang out with some dear friends at a wedding today
    3. I'm thankful for parents who change plans just to watch my boys
    4. I'm thankful that I've had just enough dressy maternity clothes to get me through a busy wedding season
    5. I'm thankful that God shows me beauty in things and people on a regular basis

  60. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for my childrens friends.
    I'm thankful for Melissa goforth .
    I'm thankful for leaves.
    I'm thankful for the clouds.
    I'm thankful for Buddy and Richard two wonderful preachers.

  61. Missed yesterday so here's 10
    1. Freedom to worship God openly.
    2. Contemporary Christian music
    3. Luca being polite respectful & appreciative
    4. Trampolines
    5. Fun play time with my kids
    6. Money to buy groceries in hard economic times
    7. My husband's handyman skills
    8. Tv time alone with Luca
    9. A decent nights sleep
    10. My U crew family

  62. 1. My part-time job that allows me to earn a little money and be home right after school.
    2. My right to Vote.
    3. My husband and daughter.
    4. A car that is now repaired.
    5. My church family.

    Debbie D.

  63. Day 5
    1. Thankful I have my warm cozy home that was built on love.
    2. My daughter is cleaning supper dishes.
    3. That I am free to worhip.
    4. For our loving companions (dogs). Izzy & Chipper.
    5. That all my laundry is caught up.

    Adonya A

  64. 1. A relatively peaceful day today.
    2. No school tomorrow
    3. A great husband
    4. My family that God put together
    5. Good church friends


  65. 1. For playdates with friends we don't see often
    2. For a husband who has my back with the kids
    3. Date nights
    4. Encouraging words just when you need them
    5. That I love my kids enough to discipline them

    Meredith B.

  66. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for having time with Steve.
    I'm thankful for playing with my kids.
    I'm thankful for my house.
    I'm thankful for having a day off to spend it with ava .
    I'm thankful for having a chance to vote today.
    I'm thankful for my bravely .
    I'm thankful for finally having a voice.
    I'm thankful for standing up for myself.
    I'm thankful for

  67. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for having God in my life.
    I'm thankful for worship.

  68. 1. I'm thankful that my husband starts my car on cold mornings.
    2. That my husband does not travel this week.
    3. That campaign ads will soon be gone from TV.
    4. Vitamin D supplements.
    5. Butternut squash.

    Debbie D.

  69. Purple Pam - missed a couple of days, so gonna add some extras till I'm caught up!
    1) Thankful that I can still come up with fun games to play w/ Gboys.
    2) Thankful for Gboys' laughter, sweetest music to my ears!
    3) Thankful for my step daughter's good full-time job!
    4) Thankful that I'm retired so I can Gboy-sit & she can work a full-time job.
    5) Thankful that my Gboys go home & I can have a quiet evening.
    6) Thankful for generous friends
    7) Thankful for Tiff's new RA Doctor, willing to go the extra mile because she can't express herself like the rest of us.
    8) Thankful for a new CPAP machine, will pick it up Thursday!
    9)Thankful for a cluttered house, means my Gboys were here.
    10) Thankful for heather coming up with this idea, it's makes me count my blessings!!!

  70. Carolyn Crowe-

    I am thankful for getting an A on my hard chemistry test
    I am thankful for the wonderful babysitting jobs God has given me
    I am thankful for my warm heater in my room :)
    I am thankful for my awesome friends that make me laugh
    I am thankful to know that God has my future in His hands and I dont have to freak out about college stuff, because He already has great plans for me!

    1. Welcome to The Thankfulness Experiment, Carolyn! I was looking for a comment about how your mom and I make you laugh because of our technology skills... or maybe lack thereof. :) So glad you're part of the experiment!

    2. hahahahaha! When my mom told me that, it did make me laugh. :)

  71. Ashley A.

    1. I am thankful for the right to vote.
    2. I am thankful for a good day at work.
    3. I am thankful for an opportunity that has arisen.
    4. I am thankful for a new roof being put on my house.
    5. I am thankful that I will be back in Kentucky in 10 days.

  72. 1. For a good trip to the movies with the 3 youngest
    2. To live in this free country
    3. For health insurance
    4. For an open schedule tomorrow (wow when does that happen)
    5. For my children


  73. Missed day 5 so here's both Day's

    Day 6

    1. I am thankful for supporting colleagues who bring me so much joy.
    2. For the results of the election as scary as it may seem...God is still in control.
    3. For my children who never cease to amaze me.
    4. I am humbled by how much I am loved by my dear hubby, I am a blessed woman.
    5. I am thankful for the overtime at work.
    6. For my second job as it provides extra income to pay off debt.
    7. I am thankful for the freedom of speech our country has.
    8. For our beautiful cozy home.
    9. That my momma's in heaven and daddy too!
    10. For this wonderful cup of coffee that I am thoroughly enjoying.

    Adonya A

  74. Purple Pam praises:
    1) Thankful that when I whine that there's nothing to eat, it's because I'm lazy & don't want to fix it or spoiled & just not in the mood.
    2) Thankful that my Gboys find Star Wars just as cool as I did, great fun sharing
    3) Thankful that God is in control, even when I don't agree with the results
    4) Thankful for a warm dry house on a cold, wet day.
    5) Thankful for a Gboy that likes to nap,even better, wants his Meemaw to lay down with him!
    6)Thankful for the freedoms I take for granted, I can vote, I can gripe because I voted...I even wear purple!
    7)Thankful for the smiles & warm fuzzies I feel when I read others' thankfulness. We are all so blessed!
    8)Thankful for a strong church that does not compromise, takes the course & remains true to the Bible!
    9)Thankful for mountains of laundry, Tiff & I are blessed with way too many clothes & the ability to cleam them.
    10) Thankful that I'm not financially rich but rich in the important stuff! God is so good!

  75. I am thankful for
    1. having my license so I can drive where I want :)
    2. getting to be a teacher's aid for my favorite teacher
    3. having yummy tamales for dinner
    4. God's love for me
    5. getting to stay home and rest on a cold night

  76. 1.God's grace and compassion
    2. That as high as the heavens are above the earth is how great God's love is for me who fears Him Psalm 103:11
    3.God's gifts of peace and provision
    4. For a good session of homework with my daughter today
    5. For Weight Watchers which helps me with one of my "undisciplined" areas

  77. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for talking to Madison on the way to school.
    I'm thankful for prayer at Madison school.
    I'm thankful for watching t.v.
    I'm thankful for coffee in the morning.
    I'm thankful for being in the word.

  78. 1. I am thankful for getting an A on my history essay
    2. I am thankful for being able to manage my time
    3. I am thankful that I found this website
    4. I am thankful for being put in an awesome Christian College (BIOLA)
    5. I am thankful for having hot chocolate

    1. Welcome to The Thankfulness Experiment! I'm so excited to have someone join from California! :) I'm looking forward to partnerining with you in this journey to becoming more thankful.

  79. Today I am thankful for a husband who is so unbelievably attentive to my needs, little road trips, sangria, beautiful fall weather, and lip gloss!

  80. AmandaL.
    I'm thankful a day off tomorrow.
    I'm thankful for Steve hunting deer this weekend.
    I'm thankful for all of the wonderful friends.
    I'm. thankful for the sunset.
    I'm thankful for the clouds.

  81. I have missed a couple of days due to some extenuating circumstances.
    Day 7-8
    Thankful for God loving me just as I am!
    For my loving neighbor who passed away peacefully tonight from a long bout of suffering.
    For my sister's and brothers...especially those In Christ!
    Our sweet friends who took care of our daughter tonight so we could be at the hospital being Jesus' hands and feet!
    So thankful for my breath of life that God graced me with today!
    For my neighbor who corralled our dog bag to safety.
    That we are a blessed nation.
    Lastly for rest, meditation and peace! ahh yes peace!

    Adonya A

    1. I'm so glad you're back, Adonya. I'm sorry for the loss of your neighbor. You are a beautiful example of living out 1 Thessalonians 5:18: Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. I said a prayer for you and your neighbor's family.

    2. Thank you Heather. Its really so much better when we have a grateful heart in all circumstances.

  82. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for Steve going hunting this weekend with Tony.
    I'm thankful for my wonderful friends.
    I'm thankful for the sunset.
    I'm thankful for clouds.
    I'm thankful for fall colors.

  83. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for my daughters wanting to listen to Christian music.
    I'm thankful for Steve coming home tonight from hunting.
    I'm thankful for my brother stopped by for a while.
    I'm th
    I'm thankful for shopping at the summit.
    I'm thankful for the hugs.

  84. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for my brother Jimmy being a veteran. of the army.
    I'm thankful for my brother Darrell being a veteran of the coast guard.
    I'm thankful for me being able to worship today.
    I'm thankful for maddie and Steve hunted today.
    I'm thankful for spending time with ava and Megan.

  85. 10th thru 12th.
    Days 10 to 12
    Thankful my brother reached out to me after a year.
    For my health
    My family

    That we were able to return the favor with our neighbors and coral their 8 cows back to the barn.
    My children who do their very best!
    By sweet hubby who always makes me feel so special.
    My heating blanket as tonights temps are in the 20's...brrr

    Day 12
    I am thankful for God's infallible words. His promises reign true.
    For my new great nephew, Dawsyn
    For our two pets Chipper and Izzy our 3rd and 4th children.
    God gifting me a servants heart
    That my coworker is seeing the fruits of Gods love.

    Adonya A

  86. I am so Thankful for...
    my son getting to be an extra in "The Song" Movie shoot.
    my next oldest son getting to visit with some friends we haven't seen for awhile.
    God working out the timing just perfectly to see these friends especially since this next oldest son was turned down from the movie shoot because of his height (small for his age, and sometimes sensitive about it)
    a friend that tell us about said movie shoot.
    a friend that so sweetly goes out of her way to bring son home from movie shoot.

    1. Oops! Isee I forgot to add my name.
      Joy B

    2. I also wish to add todays 5
      171. Last night I was able by God's grace to make natural Laundry Soap, Baby Powder Automatic Dish Washing Soap, and my list of the things I hope to make today.
      172. My son who enjoys hunting got to go hunting with a friend and his dad this morming. What a blessing.
      173. For the anniversary of the birth of my 6th child today. A wonderful, cheery blessing these 5 years. He makes us smile with his antics. God is amazing the way he makes each child different and special in their individual way.
      174. for a friend who called about some eggs and other things that were available who I had been planning to call for over a week, and God's amazing timing in that.
      175. For the special food deals this week at the produce terminal and I had just the cash I needed. God's provision is awesome!
      Joy B
      P.S. If your wondering why the number is what it is the first night I was so excited and had so many blessings going through my head I had wanted to jot them down, God kept reminding me of more until I had written for more than three hours. It was amazing! I indeed am blessed! I hope to go back and "reply" on some of the other days where I have written them in my "blessing book" and haven't had time to get on the computer for one reson or another. P.T.L. for His faithfulness.

    3. Welcome to The Thankfulness Experiment, Joy! I'm so glad you've joined us on this journey and that God is already showing you His blessings in such large numbers! Your PS was so encouraging to me. :)

  87. I'm thankful for 2 beautiful grandchildren.
    I'm thankful for a group of wonderful friends that can make me laugh even through the tough times.
    I'm thankful for a brain that still works and comes up with some pretty good ideas!

  88. Day 13 and 14
    I am thankful for family anf friends who came to Howardls funeral. One of the largest processions I have witnessed.
    Thankful that my step dad's surgery went well and he called me last night.
    Thankful for all our provisions supplied by Jehovah Jireh.

    Fall is here and so is the cooler weather...yes!
    The overtime at my job to pay bills.
    My children whom are the best gifts of all.

    That my tire didn't blow it went flat.
    My home and shelter.

    Adonya A

  89. I am thankful for caring family
    I am thankful for a positive outlook on life
    I am thankful for a God that can forgive

  90. 1. For my husband being home all week.
    2. All the conveniences I take for granted.
    3. Being able to park my car in the garage.
    4. Multiple bathrooms!
    5. The HVAC system.

  91. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for the red maples .
    I'm thankful for parks.
    I'm thankful for a God who loves me for who I'm.
    I'm thankful for the desserts.
    I'm thankful for the friendships .

  92. I'm thankful Dad is healthy.
    I'm thankful my husband gets to take a well-deserved mini vacation.
    I'm thankful I'm having a good month in my business.

  93. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for going to the woman's conference in April to see Angela Thomas.
    I'm thankful for the sky.
    I'm thankful for the movies.
    I'm thankful for half price bookstore.
    I'm thankful for reading to Megan.

  94. I'm thankful for a reliable vehicle.
    I'm thankful for an honest staff.
    I'm thankful for things that make me laugh.

  95. I am thankful for rest
    I am thankful for leftovers
    I am thankful for the joy of Christmas traditions
    I am thankful for a clean house (at the moment!)
    I am thankful for a woodstove that keeps us toasty

  96. I am thankful that my son has recovered from a tummy bug
    I am thankful for a place to take a stray cat
    I am thankful for the loan of a piano
    I am thankful for a new cleaning job
    I am thankful for sports leagues for my kids

  97. Thanks so much for joining the experiment, Lisa! I wanted to let you know that I'm posting my thankfulness list each day too (see the bar on the top right for the archives and most current post). You can share your comments on the latest posts and read what others are thankful for too if you'd like. :) So glad you're part of this!


  98. 1. Anna over to play
    2. pixal
    3. axel
    4. family
    5. school being out


  99. 1. my dog.
    2. my dad.
    3. my mom!
    4. my creativity
    5. the good weather

    anna v crombie

  100. 1. schools out
    2 it's warm
    3. family
    4. clean water
    5. Christmas!


  101. 1. Christian music!
    2. clean fish tank
    3. john's dedication
    4. my brother
    5. my mom
    6. vicki
    7. my dad
    8. aunt betsy's life
    9. those stockings
    10. all these memories
    11. God in the details!
    12. play tickets
    13. special time with my daughters
    14. God's gift of the perfect friends at the right time of need
    15. richard- and that little black book of ideas
    16. my girl's relishing childhood and not rushing growing-up!
    17. dr wheeler
    18. sarah
    19. caroline
    20. anna
    21. that peaceful feeling
    22. rest
    23. kim
    24. internet
    25. my sharpies
    26. elle's note from santa
    27. Adelaide's note from Santa
    28. watching my daughters be good friends
    29. these fun cookies that just arrived
    30. kim 's birthday note of encouragement and reminders
    31. anna's outfit for that Holiday program!
    32. adelaide remembering her lines
    33. elle seeing the positive side of everything
    34. hill's support and love
    35. confidence
    36. upward's basketball
    37. no tv on
    38. the completed list
    39. His love remains
    40. new friends and smiles and nods of encouragement
    41. my trust in God
    42. Christmas!
    43. traditions that unite us
    44. my mind
    45. my health
    46. reading together before bed
    47. Dr. jones appt tomorrow
    48. lillian's commitment to her team
    49. other parents who mother like me
    50. kristi!


  102. 1. for mrs williams
    2. for my school
    3. for my friends
    4. for aubrie sharing that candy bar on the bus!
    5. for my church


  103. 1. sleeping in
    2. cathy's text of encouragement
    3. bonnies bday
    4. this blog
    5. meg


  104. 1. free time!!
    2. Your love never fails, never gives up .. never runs out on me!
    3. Best Chrstmas Pageant-ever today with my girls! special time!
    4. that barking puppy
    5. my patience
    6. positive change
    7. thankful for joy
    8. thankful for finding that photo
    9. the flu shots
    10. elle's doctor visit


  105. AmandaL.
    I'm thankful for 2013 .
    I'm thankful for what's in store for me from God.
    I'm thankful for the wisdom to do things right way.
    I'm thankful for making coffee dates for the week.
    I'm thankful for buddy and Richards sermons.

  106. Amanda l.
    I'm thankful for over the hump day.
    I'm thankful for shopping for megans birthday.
    I'm thankful for target.
    I'm thankful for fishing.
    I'm thankful for hiking.

  107. 1. coffee/ tea dates with friends
    2. prayer
    3. a new low stress job
    4. encouragement and support from my church family
    5. Christian music