Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 47

We hit our biggest milestone yet today... are you ready for it?  Drum roll please...we hit 5,000 reasons!!  We are halfway to our goal.  It's exciting to think about how far we've come on our thankfulness journey.  I can't thank you enough for joining me in The Thankfulness Experiment.  I know that time is so valuable, and not only that, it's limited.  The fact that you choose to take time out of your day to read this blog and log your own thankful list is humbling to me.  I'm honored that you choose to test the power of thanksgiving each day.  Thank you for holding me accountable and inspiring me to keep being thankful each day.  I appreciate you so much!  Here's our updated Thankfulness Tree.  The 5,000 is the dark circle on the left. 

This afternoon, my three year old gleefully spotted a rainbow in the sky.  He was so excited to point it out to us.  And it was a wide rainbow... completely straight... and it would have been easy to miss because it was behind a tree.  I love that he wanted to share the beautiful sight with my seven year old and me. 

Thanksgiving can be the same way... it's something we can share... and it's beautiful too.  We can be the rainbow that brightens the lives of others.  Maybe you point out something a friend can be thankful for when they're going through a hard time (in the kindest of ways, of course, and without judgment).  Or maybe you give them a reason to be thankful by writing them an encouraging note, giving them a hug, offering to pray for them... and then praying right on the spot so they can hear you advocating on their behalf.  Maybe you just share some things you are thankful for or how you've navigated through a tough time yourself and how God carried you through it.  God invites us to join Him in His work.  Be on the lookout for ways we can help others experience the benefits of thankfulness.  Let's be rainbows in the midst of rain.

Tonight, I'm thankful for...

1.  Family hugs that make me smile
2.  My hubby who fights on my behalf
3.  My Ephesians 3:20 mug filled with hot tea that reminds me of truth
4.  Friends who pray for me
5.  Knowing that God hears and answers prayers
6.  Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Pretzel Thins
7.  Conversation with a dear friend
8.  Rainbows
9.  Reaching our halfway milestone today!  WooHoo!
10.  Getting to type a 4 as the first diget in the "Only 4,914 to go..." number because that shows we're officially past the halfway point

Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 4,914 to go...


  1. I am thankful for...
    1. Kiddos who sleep until 9am....which means so did this momma
    2. An unexpected thunderstorm and hail, which left "snow-like" reminders on our deck
    3. Tissues
    4. Finishing my Christmas shopping for real this time
    5. Being able to talk to God whenever I want to
    6. Cookie dough
    7. Christmas planning
    8. Christmas music
    9. Christmas lights and smells in my house
    10. A roof to keep us dry and warm
    11. Clean and refreshing water
    12. Finding a coat for my daughter
    13. Safe travels
    14. God's protection
    15. Health

  2. I am thankful for
    1.Doing my menues and grocery list.
    2.Going out for lunch with my husband and granddaughter.
    3.Atley taking a long nap.
    4.Atley coloring a picture for her mother.
    5.Hearing the rain outside.
    6.Starting a new Christmas book.
    7.Getting a Christmas card with the true meanig of Christmas.
    8.Having a quiet restful evening.

  3. I am thankful for:
    1.a husband that gets the kids ready 2 mornings a week
    2.healthy children
    3.good books
    4.heating pads
    5.days off

  4. I am thankful for:
    1. finally being done with all my Christmas shopping and getting the last package mailed out this morning
    2. being able to snuggle with my girls and husband as we watch our favorite christmas specials like the grinch and rudolph.
    3. decorating christmas cut out cookies with my daughters and nieces
    4. getting to tell friends how much i appreciate them
    5. seeing how excited my daughter bree was about making and giving out little presents to the teachers, aides, and principal at her school

  5. I am thankful for:
    1. finishing my gift wrapping.
    2. my husband knowing how to fix things.
    3. getting lunches packed in time to eat breakfast with my kids instead of wadding it in a paper towel and trying not to get it all over me in the car.
    4. cooler weather so that I will mentally know Christmas is coming.
    5. making plans w/ my grade school friend for a visit over Christmas break.

  6. 1. Beach
    2. Comfy running shoes
    3. 1.5 million candle power flashlight
    4. Charlie Brown Christmas
    5. Christmas break at work

  7. 1. For A Charlie Browm Christmas because it actually airs the true meaning of Christmas on main television
    2. For the wonderful women at school who work so diligently for my daughter and her education program
    3. For my thorns which are actually tutors by my side
    4. For colder weather to make it seem more "Christmassy"
    5. For a God Who is full of grace to this very undeserving girl


  8. I am thankful for -

    1. My super thoughtful husband.
    2. Seat heaters
    3. Silver and gold wrapping paper with red bows
    4. A special and fancy dinner out with the Grandarents for my Sugar Plum.
    5. Relible people
    6. Generous people
    7. Creative people
    8. Talented people
    9. Intelligent people
    10. Rick Warren's book "The Purpose of Christmas"
    11. Groupons
    12. Turkey a la king :-)

    Bonnie Lawrence

  9. AmandaL .
    I'm thankful for 5000 reasons .
    I'm thankful for sleep.
    I'm thankful for a dear friend praying for me.
    I'm thankful for a hot shower.
    I'm thankful for psalms 39.

  10. I am thankful for ...
    1) my Jesus Calling devotional
    2) good friends
    3) precious children
    4) great neighbors
    5) a husband who wants to be with me even when I'm not very lovable

  11. Joni L.
    I am Thankful for . .
    1) freedom to worship
    2) husband
    3) my children
    4) mischevious elf on shelf (snowflake) for bring joy to a 6 year olds morning.
    5) the Advent calendar which answers the questions of "how many more days till Christmas?"

  12. Thankful for:
    My Elder brothers
    Opportunity to serve with the Living God
    Past successes and present opportunities
    Weekends away with the woman I love

  13. I am thankful for:
    1. Being at home with my mom
    2. In and Out Burgers!
    3. Christmas lights
    4. the familiar of my childhood home and how it remains unchanged
    5. being with my sister
    6. Jazzercise being the same great exercise program no matter where you are
    7. spending the afternoon with a dear college friend
    8. family friends