52 Lists Week # 45; My Gratitude List

In honor of Thanksgiving and in the spirit of the season I wanted to share my gratitude list. I just love the whole Thanksgiving season... and yes, for me it is a season!  

I don't think of Thanksgiving as just a day to eat and give thanks.  I think all month long about how lucky I am. 

 I even have a Pinterest Board filled with 30 days of thankful challenges because I like to try and so something different each year. 

Each year for the entire month of November I take part of some Thankful Challenge and either post pictures or write up little blurbs about what I am thankful for on my personal Facebook page.  I do a thankful project with the boys and have them write up something they are thankful for each day too.  It's a favorite tradition of mine. 

I love this time of year and I find that focusing on those things I am grateful for helps me keep a more positive outlook on life.  After all I have so many things to be thankful for!  

I have a wonderful family and married into a pretty great one too.  

I have a wonderful husband and three pretty terrific kids.

I get to stay home with my children and am a huge part of their lives.  

When public school wasn't working for us we were able to turn to homeschooling and have found that to be so very rewarding. 

We have a lovely home and plenty of heat, hot water, electricity and all t he gadgets that make life pretty easy and fun.  

We have a reliable car and get to go on frequent field trips.

We have plenty of food for our bellies and are so lucky to have access to such a huge variety of foods from all over the world. 

I have wonderful friends that encourage and support me; even if my life decisions are not the same ones they are making.

I am surrounded by beauty and nature.  We live on a lake and enjoy seeing all sorts of wonderful wildlife year round.  We live near the woods and get to walk in them often.  Trips to the mountains or the beach are only a short drive away in the car and there is so much beauty to behold. 

While it may sound a bit crazy; I am always thankful for books.  I would even go so far as to say I am thankful for our library and the wonderful librarians that work there.  Me and my boys think of our library as our second home and to have access to so many wonderful books, movies and resources is just wonderful (and a special gift for us homeschoolers!  I'd go broke buying all the books we read in a year!).

I am so thankful for all of our wonderful family trips, vacations, and memories; both those I was able to experience growing up and those that I have shared with my boys.  

I am thankful for all of my wonderful memories.  After watching several family members struggle with Alzheimer's I realize the importance of treasuring my memories and am so grateful I have so many happy ones.  

Our Disney vacation several years ago; where did those little boys go?

What are YOU thankful for?   

Others in this series:

Week #1;Words that Touch My Soul
Week #2: Greatest Comforts
Week #3: Things You Should Be Proud Of
Week #4: Current and Future Goals and Dreams
Week #5: What You Are Grateful For
Week #6: The Ways In Which You Can Love Others
Week #7: The Things That Make You Feel Healthy
Week #8: My Favorite Albums
Week #9: Places I Want to Go
Week #10: The Ways You Cleanse for Spring
Week #11: The Essentials
Week #12: The Things That Feel Like Home
Week #13: The Things I Want to Make
Week #14: My Dream Jobs
Week #15: My Favorite Quotes
Week #16: My Favorite Books
Week #17: The People I Admire
Week #18: The Ways That I am Energized 
Week #19: The Things I Want to be Known for
Week #20: My Summer Goals
Week #21: My Favorite Snacks
Week #22: The Things That Keep Me Up At Night
Week #23: My Pet Peeves
Week #24:  My Happiest Moments
Week #25: My Favorite Meals
Week #26: The Things I Carry In my Purse
Week #27: Trials that Make Me Better
Week #28: Things and Places That Make Me Feel Safe
Week #29: My Favorite Games
Week #30: The Sports I Watch or Play
Week #31: My August To Do List
Week #32: My Favorite Scents 
Week #33: My Favorite Places to Eat
Week #34: Random Facts About Me
Week #35: How I'd Spent 1 Million Dollars
Week #36: Autumn Bucket List 
Week #37: My Favorite Places to Shop
Week #38: Our Family Traditions
Week #39: The Things I Wish For
Week #40: My Daily Routine
Week #41: Make-up week for any we missed
Week #42: When We Are Sick
Week #43: Conversational Favorites
Week #44: My November To Do List


  1. I'm thankful daily for my life, family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Precious my friend! I love grateful posts like this. Not only do we get to see how grateful your heart is but it makes us realize how grateful our hearts are as well! Oh my goodness those boys have grown up, trust me I know how fast it goes.

    1. Thank you! I just can't believe how fast they grow.

  3. Love this post! You have so many things to be thankful for and so do I!

  4. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband, children, grandchildren and extended family, and that everyone is healthy. There are so many tremendous blessings in our lives!

  5. Wonderful list! Love all the pics you added. :)

  6. Love your list! I'm also a huge fan of books. I can't get enough of them, especially from thrift stores and used book stores!

  7. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you’ll come back again next Wednesday when we open our doors at 9:00 PM EST. Treat Tuesday like Friday! Have fun with someone you love.

  8. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick from my Commenters at #WonderfulWednesday this week. Visit me on Tuesday evening and to see your feature and pick up your badge! All hosts choose their own features so be sure to return to my blog. I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon.

  9. Books - yes! Looking forward to a slower pace so I can get into more books! Thanks for linking with us!

    1. I've just started making a conscious effort to pick up books for myself at our weekly library trip. I may not always have the time to read but if the books are alluring enough I do usually make the time.

  10. Love your list, and that you consider your library your second home! :)

    1. Thank you! Seems like we're always there; we were literally at our library 5 times last week!

  11. Such a great list and those everyday things we all sometimes take for granted (heat, car, food) are such a blessing. Thanks so much for linking with us at Spiel the Beans! Wishing you a blessed holiday season!

    1. Thanks so much for hosting and stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

  12. I love to see lists like this. It always warms my heart when folks are thankful for what they have and not doting over what they don't. I'm thankful for every sunrise I get to see and take a few moments each evening to contemplate what I could have done better at each sunset. It keeps me humble. xo

    Carla aka Mrs. R @ SimplifyLifeWithMrsR.com


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