Thursday, November 22, 2012

Day 22

It's only fitting that we would reach another milestone on Thanksgiving Day... and that we did!  We reached 2,500 reasons for being thankful today!  I love how you are thankful for simple things in life... for friendships... for food... for graces like safety in car accidents and short lines at the grocery... for love and small acts of kindness.  The reasons for giving thanks are infinite... and our lists reflect this.  Thank you for joining me in this experiment!  It's so much fun to celebrate these milestones with you.  And here's a picture of the Thankfulness Tree with one more milestone to decorate it:

I love Thanksgiving!  I love the smell of turkey filling the house.  I love eating all the yummy food.  I love spending time with family.  And I love that this holiday isn't about presents... it's just about being together and giving thanks.  It's fun to be part of The Thankfulness Experiment on Thanksgiving because I'm learning that giving thanks can be a lifestyle... not just something we focus on during the fourth Thursday in November.  I'm enjoying this new way of life... and the challenges that come with choosing thanksgiving.  God is teaching me so much and I hope you are learning things too. 

So, thank you for being thankful.  Thank you for taking a few minutes out of each day to list 5 things you're thankful for.  Thank you for giving me a peek into your lives as you share your list with me.  And thank you for holding me accountable each day.  You are such a blessing to me and for that, I am so thankful.

Give thanks for the Lord, for He is good.  His love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1

Tonight, I am thankful for...

1.  Watching my boys play XBOX and witnessing them both stick their tongues out in concentration
2.  Watching three generations play Battleship... even if it was only for 5 minutes thanks to the short attention span of my three year old
3.  Broccoli Casserole
4.  Introducing the in-laws to Duck Dynasty
5.  Answered prayers and experiencing, once again, God doing immeasurably more

Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 7,447 to go...


  1. (1) I am thankful for my family.
    (2) I am thankful for my many blessings God has given me.
    (3) I am thankful that our meal was at lunch and not dinner so I had time to rest.
    (4) I am thankful that lunch was only a few minutes late because I was running behind in time.
    (5) I am thankful for compliments after lunch. (My Uncle told me that I do
    a good job taking over my mothers job of cooking lunch. I needed that complient.)

  2. 1. I am thankful that my first turkey was edible!
    2. I am thankful for each person who was here for Thanksgiving including a couple of people I had not met before.
    3. I am so thankful for a wonderful husband with such a giving heart.
    4. I am thankful that more family will be arriving here later today.
    5. I am thankful for the knowledge that my Mom is being lovingly cared for by family in Louisiana.

  3. I am thankful:
    1. the day wasn't stressful even though we crammed more than one dinner into the day.
    2. for seeing family that we only see a few times a year.
    3. that I don't have to work today.
    4. for listening to my kids and the neighbor kids chat at lunch. That is an educaion in itself.
    5. that we get to visit family again tomorrow.
    6. for the chance the kids have to play outside with their friends while it's still sunny and not too cold.
    7. that I'm not out amongst the black Friday shoppers.
    8. I got to see my Mom and Dad yesterday.
    9. I got to snuggle with my sweet nephew while he napped. What a blessing!
    10. for hearing my children singing their favorite songs & praising God.

  4. I am thankful for:
    1. the fact that The Thankfulness Experiment is much like Bible study...I can always catch up!!
    2. the gift of watching one child filling out college applications, while I fill out a Kindergarten application for another
    3. That Torri's moving back to Louisville
    4. Time with my Dad
    5. Katie's first varsity swim meet...and how great she did!
    6. Family game night with great friends!
    7. naps
    8. 5 quiet reading spots in our house for each of us!
    9. The fun that comes from playing with the babies in Alpha at Adventure!
    10. Wrestling Katie to hold those babies as they loved her more
    11. Watching a baby snuggle up to Stu like he was his Daddy...then, he cried when he left(the baby cried, that is, but Stu was close too.)
    12.fixed cars
    13. Good customer service
    14. quiet time(nap)
    15. Kyle Clark and his ability to fix anything/everything in our house...and quickly!
    16. watching my big boy play hockey!
    17. Great teachers
    18. Koko Fit Club
    19. Thanksgiving at our house
    20. My parents
    21. The great turkey my sister made
    22. The sweetness of my sisters mother in law, Grandma Mary!
    23. That the kids love their cousins like I love mine!
    24. Jake had a blast hitting his first 'Black Friday' with some cousins on Thursday after dinner and got alot of great deals for his brother, while I sat on the couch with my Dad!
    25. That last year our whole family prayed for a little boy we'd never met named Wahidu, and now...that same little boy, Jonathan, sat at the 'big kids' table, in his home, in America!
    26. God hears our prayers
    27. God moves mountains
    28. God protects and helps the widows and orphans
    29. He expects us to do the same
    30. Psalm 136:1...Trust in the Lord for He is good, His love endures FOREVER

  5. I am thankful for:
    1. A delicious Thanksgiving dinner with friends
    2. a houseful of hysterical laughter as we played Balderdash
    3. children's safety at Black Friday shopping
    4. smoked turkey - yum
    5. a walk in Cherokee Park with the family this morning
    6. lunch with my son's old swimming friends
    7. how God has a plan for each person's life
    8. seeing that truth so clearly today at lunch as I talked to numerous college students doing so many different things
    9. the Air Force Academy and Annapolis, and what those institutions are doing for three young adults I got to visit with today
    10. last minute invitations for fun

  6. Amanda.L.
    I'm thankful for raking leaves into tarps and composting them.
    I'm thankful for playing games with Megan.
    I'm thankful for u of k basketball games.
    I'm thankful for a hot shower.
    I'm thankful for shopping today.

  7. I am thankful for...
    1. Sharing thanksgiving with my parents, aunt and grandpa.
    2. My mom's incredible pumpkin pie.
    3. Coffee and a game of cards.
    4. My parents and the incredible love the have for my family.
    5. Time to sit and laugh with family.

  8. 1. Coconut milk ice cream
    2. Car rides with friends
    3. Easy work days
    4. a full week off of work
    5. quiet time

  9. 1. A relaxed work day
    2. Getting to sleep until 7am (lol)
    3. An awesome first date with Nash
    4. The coziness of my bed
    5. The beauty at the walking bridge