Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you have a fantastic day that is filled with lots of thankfulness.

I love being thankful, so two days ago I started a list of some of the things I’m thankful for. I didn’t finish the list the other morning, so I wrote down a few more things just now. This is obviously not a conclusive list, but it does remind me of how much I have to be filled with gratitude for.

I am thankful for…

  1. Life
  2. Freedom
  3. Abilities
  4. Being able to read
  5. Books
  6. Writing
  7. Words in general
  8. The meaning words have
  9. Awe behind the fact that words make sense
  10. Handwritten letters
  11. Journals
  12. Blogging
  13. Being able to move over to WordPress
  14. What I’ve been learning from moving to WordPress
  15. All the people who have helped me with my move to WordPress
  16. Those who have followed my WordPress blog
  17. All the friendships I’ve made through blogging during the last 4 and a half years
  18. Where I get to blog from – aka my desk and writing area
  19. The knowledge of how I’m supposed to sit when I’m writing for health
  20. My wrist brace
  21. That my wrist is getting better
  22. Chiropractors
  23. That my thyroid is doing better
  24. How much my health has improved this year
  25. Being able to run the half marathon
  26. The half marathon being for such a good cause
  27. The ways my health improved when I was working on training for the half marathon
  28. The dream of running a full marathon some time in the future
  29. My family who supports me with my training
  30. Being able to eat healthy food
  31. Yummy foods that are healthy
  32. Apples and almond butter
  33. Spaghetti squash Spaghetti
  34. Dill pickles
  35. A best friend who makes delicious dill pickles
  36. Visiting friends
  37. Having friends come and visit here
  38. Being able to stay in the kitchen and work when there’s lots of cooking
  39. Aprons
  40. Music to listen to while working
  41. Earbuds
  42. Early morning kitchen duty
  43. Coffee with special creamer
  44. Juice with ice
  45. Chewing on ice while writing
  46. Cosy blankets
  47. Camping out
  48. Campfires
  49. Candles
  50. Starting fires with flint and steel.
  51. The coldness of winter
  52. The coziness of warm sleeping bags in winter
  53. Dogs
  54. Cats
  55. Hearing coyotes howling
  56. Living out in the country
  57. Living on a gravel road
  58. Hopping from hay bale to hay bale
  59. Frost covered roofs
  60. The beauty of this time of year
  61. Thanksgiving!
  62. Family time
  63. Late nights staying up playing games with Dad and Logan
  64. Game nights with the family
  65. White hot chocolate
  66. White Chocolate box
  67. Sharing
  68. White chocolate covered pecans
  69. White chocolate covered coffee beans
  70. Stuffed animals
  71. Sequoia
  72. My blanket
  73. Making records
  74. Breaking records and making new recorded
  75. My dry erase board
  76. All the colorful dry erase markers
  77. My cute, big eyed stuffed animals that keep me company when I write
  78. My sheep skin
  79. My shelf of special things
  80. Memories
  81. The ability to remember things from when I was a itty bitty child
  82. That Sarah put the half marathon metal over my head
  83. My “ink well” from Bruce and Bonnie
  84. The way the sun lights up the trees when I blog in the mornings
  85. Not being able to see other houses
  86. Cutting grass
  87. Walking through snow
  88. Being able to smell
  89. The scents of baking
  90. Knowing how to bake
  91. The ability to bake well
  92. Getting to bake as part of my job
  93. Clean towels
  94. Clean dishes
  95. Hot water to wash dishes in
  96. More than one oven to work with
  97. Getting to cook
  98. Liking to cook so extremely much
  99. Cooking by taste
  100. When people like the food I make
  101. Serving people through my cooking skills
  102. Having everything all in order
  103. Salt
  104. Peper
  105. Sugar
  106. Flour
  107. Breadsticks
  108. When yeast rises
  109. Garlic
  110. Garlic presses
  111. Minced garlic
  112. Onions
  113. That I can eat onions
  114. Canned foods
  115. Freezers
  116. Cookies
  117. Scones
  118. White chocolate covered pretzels
  119. Bananas
  120. That fruit tastes like flowers look
  121. The beauty all around me
  122. That I can see flowers
  123. That I can touch flowers
  124. That I can take moments to just enjoy the world around me
  125. The gift of sight
  126. The gift of touch
  127. The gift of taste
  128. The gift of friendship
  129. Helena
  130. Helena’s projects
  131. The good example Helena is
  132. How friendly and helpful Helena is
  133. How blessed I am to have her in my life.
  134. All the good books Helena has read and grown from
  135. Helena’s influence to those around her
  136. Helena’s car
  137. How many times she’s taken me places
  138. Helena’s dreams that also affect me
  139. Helena’s thankfulness for what I do for her
  140. Helena’s cleaning abilities
  141. My curtains
  142. My rabbit
  143. My rat
  144. My dog
  145. That I had a cat that I liked a lot
  146. All the years I got to spend time with the goats
  147. That I don’t have goats to spend time with any more
  148. That I don’t milk the goats any more
  149. Calendars
  150. Keeping track of stuff
  151. Goodreads
  152. My friends on Goodreads
  153. That I’ve been reviewing books each time I read one
  154. That I’ve read 90 books this year
  155. That I’ve felt well enough not to read more
  156. Receiving snail mail
  157. Good shoes
  158. Flats with sparkly socks
  159. Moses
  160. Playing Uno with Moses
  161. When Moses makes me breakfast
  162. When Moses and I play our games together
  163. When Moses and I work together
  164. Moses’s good attitude
  165. Moses’s friendship
  166. Moses’s insight
  167. Moses’s sense of humor
  168. Moses’s high energy
  169. Moses’s preaching
  170. Moses’s love for books
  171. Watching Andy Griffith with Moses
  172. Moses’s abilities to do so much work
  173. Moses’s problem solving skills
  174. Moses’s ability to express himself well
  175. Moses’s patience with so many sisters
  176. Rocks
  177. The rocks other people have given me from all over
  178. My “Remember rock”
  179. The story behind the “Remember rock”
  180. The Dream Giver 
  181. Daddy
  182. For how Daddy inspires our dreams
  183. For how daddy believes in us
  184. Daddy’s good attitude
  185. Daddy’s generosity
  186. Daddy’s card playing abilities
  187. Daddy’s work ethic
  188. Daddy’s love for reading
  189. Daddy’s enthusiasm
  190. Daddy’s helpfulness
  191. Daddy’s cooking
  192. Daddy’s joy in blessing others
  193. Daddy’s quirkiness
  194. Daddy’s office and the music he plays
  195. Daddy’s graciousness in wearing headphones when I have music on
  196. Daddy letting us have animals
  197. Daddy’s easy-going attitude
  198. Different textures
  199. Swinging
  200. Feeling the wind rush when I swing
  201. Warm socks
  202. New sparkly socks
  203. Hosanna
  204. Hosanna getting sparkly socks
  205. How much fun Hosanna and I have together
  206. Hosanna’s goofiness
  207. Hosanna’s help during retreats
  208. Hosanna living closer
  209. Hosanna’s chatting
  210. Hosanna being weird with me
  211. Hosanna’s dreams
  212. Hosanna’s personality
  213. Hosanna’s craziness
  214. Hosanna’s willingness to let me drag her out of her comfort zone
  215. Hosanna’s willingness to try new things
  216. Hosanna’s friendship
  217. Hosanna’s like of all my stories
  218. Hosanna reading all my first drafts
  219. Hosanna urging me on with writing
  220. Hosanna getting unhappy when the wrong thing happens in my books
  221. Hosanna’s #bringherback book campaign
  222. Hosanna supporting my blogging
  223. Hosanna sharing my stuff on Google Plus
  224. Google Plus
  225. Blogger and all the good years I had on there
  226. Facebook
  227. Twitter
  228. Pinterest
  229. My social media work
  230. Being able to make a difference from my office
  231. Connecting with people all over the world
  232. Drinking coffee as I work
  233. My coffee maker
  234. My coffee set up
  235. The “suitcases” I have to keep papers in
  236. All the letters people have sent me that I have
  237. All the copies of letters I’ve sent that I have
  238. Old journals
  239. Colorful pens
  240. Making art
  241. My art table
  242. All the art supplies I have
  243. Sparkly things
  244. Glitter
  245. The wall of pictures
  246. The memories each picture holds
  247. All the special trips I’ve been able to go on
  248. Visiting Europe
  249. Traveling through countries via a road trip
  250. The dream of taking a road trip through all the states
  251. How so many of my dreams have come true
  252. Getting to visit over half of the states
  253. Staying in a tipi
  254. Climbing trees as a child
  255. That my nieces and nephews now climb trees
  256. Heidi
  257. That Heidi and I can have fun hanging out together
  258. Camping out with Heidi
  259. Heidi’s enthusiasm for life
  260. Heidi’s happiness when telling stories
  261. Heidi’s knowledge of health-related stuff
  262. Heidi’s cute and healthy snacks
  263. Neighbors
  264. Growing up with a neighbor who was like another brother
  265. Reconnecting with old friends
  266. Making new friends
  267. Rice socks
  268. The warmth of holding a rice sock when it’s cold outside
  269. Cold fingers that aren’t too cold
  270. Wonder
  271. Love Does 
  272. Every Body Matters 
  273. Life Creative 
  274. A Life God Rewards 
  275. 20 Things We’d Tell our Twentysomething Selves 
  276. Amazing authors
  277. Books that inspire
  278. Books that have helped me grow
  279. Connecting with authors in real life
  280. Begin able to help the authors by writing book reviews
  281. Getting free books in exchange for book reviews
  282. My beautiful bookshelf of book review books
  283. Having to write book reviews when we were growing up
  284. Being taught to love reading
  285. The lessons that were instilled in us from an early age
  286. Having to get up early
  287. Cute boxes
  288. Childhood fun
  289. Growing up with out a lot of technology
  290. Playing outside all the time
  291. Playing “going out West” as a kid
  292. All our covered wagons
  293. Our shanty
  294. Reading Laura Ingalls as a kid
  295. Betsie’s many hours spent reading
  296. Betsie
  297. All the time Betsie told me stories
  298. Being inspired to write cause of Betsie
  299. Betsie being so much fun
  300. Betsie surprising us
  301. Betsie loving us
  302. Betsie being such a good cook
  303. Betsie’s creativity
  304. Betsie having her own family now
  305. Betsie introducing me to the joys of being an aunt
  306. Betsie letting me stay and help her when I was a kid
  307. Betsie inspiring her own kids to read now
  308. Betsie having lots of books around for her kids
  309. Betsie’s joy of animals
  310. Betsie’s good examples
  311. Betsie’s visits
  312. Betsei’s dreams come true
  313. The Bible
  314. Bible verses I have around my room
  315. Getting to read the Bible any time I want
  316. Freedom to go to church
  317. Our church family
  318. The joys of being a part of the Body of Christ
  319. Getting to help out with Sunday School
  320. All the beautiful children in my class
  321. Learning to love
  322. Giving them hugs
  323. Knowing I can make a difference in their lives
  324. Knowing I can pray for them
  325. Learning how to have patience
  326. Learning how to be fair
  327. Taking part in the games with them
  328. Showing them that loving God isn’t stifling
  329. All the youth in our church
  330. That the youth really seem to want to serve God
  331. The difference that the youth have been making around them
  332. Boldness to stand up for Christ
  333. Johanna
  334. Johanna’s dedication to being a light
  335. Johanna’s patience
  336. Johanna’s ability to make things fun
  337. Johanna’s sense of humor
  338. Johanna being willing to put her foot down
  339. The grace Johanna has
  340. Johanna’s desire to help others grow
  341. Johanna’s ability to be practical
  342. Johanna’s wisdom
  343. Johanna’s creativity
  344. Johanna’s leadership abilities
  345. Johanna’s outgoing personality
  346. Johanna’s jokes
  347. Fellowship
  348. Laughter
  349. Jokes
  350. Games
  351. Paige
  352. That I can call Paige Paragraph
  353. Sophie
  354. Natalie
  355. Misha
  356. Nate
  357. Cooking classes
  358. People who want to learn and grow
  359. Inside jokes
  360. Caving
  361. Getting to go caving three years in a row
  362. The joy of maybe getting to go caving in the future
  363. That I still have my adopted parents to go caving with
  364. That my adopted papa is doing well health wise
  365. That I could stay with my adopted parents when he had his heart attack
  366. That God provided all the things to work out right so I could stay with them longer than planned
  367. All the editing I got done during that time
  368. The people who helped me with WLHYL
  369. WLHYL
  370. Being on the 18th draft of WLHYL
  371. All the changes that have happened to the book
  372. How much better WLHYL is now
  373. Adding Emily
  374. Taking out the second book
  375. Getting to work on WLHYL in Mexico
  376. Memories of eating treats in Mexico and drinking coffee while editing
  377. People who encourage me with my writing
  378. A computer to work on
  379. All my beta readers
  380. Misi
  381. Hannah
  382. Hannah
  383. Olivia
  384. Kate
  385. Aaron
  386. Kayla
  387. Jason
  388. Kaitlyn
  389. Dad
  390. Ashley
  391. Bethany
  392. Keturah
  393. Mary
  394. Jade
  395. Emma
  396. Grace
  397. Hosanna
  398. Mary
  399. Lydia
  400. Amanda
  401. Those who read the feedback more than once
  402. Those who I became friends with in addition to beta reading
  403. Kate’s help with WordPress
  404. Kate’s fun and encouraging email exchanges
  405. Kate’s joy of life
  406. Kate’s enthusiasm for helping others with writing
  407. Kate’s inspiration for my website
  408. Kaitlyn’s amazing friendship
  409. How Kailtyn and I have connected
  410. All the fun Kailtyn and I Have had together
  411. Kaitlyn’s sense of humor
  412. All the times Kailtyn has made me laugh
  413. How incredibly encouraging Kaitlyn is
  414. Kaitlyn’s outlook on life
  415. Kaitlyn’s ability to cheer me up
  416. Kaitlyn’s positivity and thankfulness
  417. Kassidy
  418. That I have hardwood flooring in my office instead of carpet
  419. Vlogging
  420. Tripods
  421. Learning to talk in front of a camera
  422. I don’t feel weird hearing myself on camera
  423. Rejoicing
  424. Christmas music
  425. Music in general
  426. That I can have a musician for a character
  427. All I learned about music this year
  428. Podcasts
  429. Studying books
  430. Asking musician’s questions
  431. Aubrey
  432. Aubrey’s talent
  433. Aubrey’s accountability with me and goals
  434. Aubrey being a friend for such a long time
  435. Aubrey’s passion
  436. Aubrey’s and my creative conversations
  437. Melody
  438. How beautiful her name is
  439. That she’s so helpful
  440. Her knowledge in the kitchen
  441. Her willingness to try new things
  442. The fun times we’ve had together
  443. Her ability to make things funny
  444. Sunshine
  445. Watching how it lights up the world
  446. The seasons
  447. How trees morph throughout the year
  448. Living in a state with all four seasons
  449. SNOW
  450. Dancing in the rain
  451. Watching the sunset
  452. Watching the sunrise
  453. Listening to the creek giggle
  454. Creek walking
  455. Funny dreams
  456. Flying
  457. Being in airports
  458. Liking to travel so much
  459. Papers and notes
  460. Making new friends out of strangers while traveling
  461. Having a kindle so I don’t have to lug tons of books everywhere
  462. Where we’ve stayed in Mexico
  463. The hammocks
  464. Running on the sand
  465. The rhythm of the waves
  466. Warm water swimming
  467. Colored pencils
  468. People who are good artists
  469. The ability to make pictures with words
  470. Watching a book form
  471. The love I have for writing
  472. Making a difference through the words I write
  473. Being happy with being a writer
  474. Finding contentment
  475. Increasing my vocabulary
  476. The journey I’ve gone through as an author
  477. All the years I had on Blogger
  478. Finally having the nerve, time, and money to move to WordPress
  479. How much fun I’ve had with having a blog
  480. Friends who read my blog
  481. Annie
  482. Abbie
  483. Zion
  484. Zeke
  485. Zebb
  486. All the amazing times I’ve had with them
  487. The dream come true that they are
  488. Taco Tuesday memories
  489. How yummy cilantro is
  490. People who appreciate yummy food
  491. Thankful people
  492. Kids who have dreams
  493. People who work hard at their dreams
  494. God planting dreams in our hearts
  495. When those dreams come true
  496. Celebrating dreams
  497. Celebrating small things
  498. Celebrating my birthday twice a day
  499. How much fun it is to be quirky
  500. People who delight in quirkiness
  501. People who are excited to be excited
  502. Mariah
  503. Her servant’s heart
  504. Her ability to make people feel welcomed
  505. Her hard work
  506. The good job she does on school
  507. How she likes to have deep talks
  508. How our personalities let us learn a lot from each other
  509. How good she is with kids
  510. Stickers
  511. Smiley faces
  512. Balloons
  513. Blue jays
  514. The pets I’ve had through the years
  515. Snails
  516. Turtles
  517. birds
  518. Rabbits
  519. How accommodating my parents are
  520. The name I have for a new rabbit
  521. That my name works forward and backward
  522. My middle name
  523. The story behind my name
  524. All I’ve learned through my non-writing job
  525. Sarah’s friendship
  526. Her poems
  527. Her love for her family
  528. Her happiness
  529. How excited she gets
  530. Her artistic abilities
  531. Her amazing gifts
  532. The camping trip she gave me for my birthday
  533. How good of a mom she is
  534. How she enjoys to share with others
  535. How welcome I feel at her house
  536. Her hospitality
  537. Being able to share deep things with her
  538. Random, good talks
  539. Her encouragement
  540. How we connect
  541. The friendship we’ve cultivated so well
  542. All the memories we have together
  543. That she lives so close
  544. When we work on surprises together
  545. Coffee mugs
  546. Sweatshirts
  547. Warmth
  548. Driving with windows down
  549. Heated seats
  550. Sleeping well
  551. Small books
  552. Silver dollars
  553. Old CDs
  554. Memories music can inspire
  555. Memories smells can inspire
  556. Memories tastes can inspire
  557. Electricity
  558. Stationary
  559. David
  560. David’s helpful attitude
  561. How much David knows
  562. David’s talent with organizing
  563. David’s kindness
  564. David’s happiness with playing games
  565. David’s love for people
  566. David’s researching
  567. David’s humor
  568. David’s leadership
  569. David’s craziness
  570. David’s growth
  571. His willingness to drop everything
  572. His teaching skills
  573. Susan H.
  574. Su
  575. Deb
  576. Justice
  577. Carol
  578. Joie
  579. Macy
  580. JC
  581. Shayla
  582. Grady
  583. David
  584. Hannah
  585. Abbey
  586. Olivia
  587. Becky
  588. Dave
  589. Miss Laurie
  590. N
  591. Jamie (aka Jackson)
  592. Josh
  593. Susie
  594. Eddie
  595. Dakota
  596. Tyler
  597. Ian
  598. Ayla
  599. Steven
  600. Andrea
  601. Pastor
  602. Zane
  603. Zack
  604. Alexa
  605. Zach L.
  606. Isaiah
  607. Isaac
  608. Inika
  609. Ilija
  610. Jessie
  611. Susie L.
  612. Olivia L.
  613. Matt
  614. Lori
  615. Zane
  616. Denise
  617. Chet
  618. Becca
  619. Nick
  620. Angie
  621. Abby E.
  622. Her ability to know what I need and do it
  623. Her helpfulness
  624. Her kindess
  625. Her being a “safe” human
  626. Kayla and my friendship
  627. Stephanie
  628. All she’s done for young writers
  629. GTW
  630. How much GTWs has helped me
  631. All I’ve learned through GTWs
  632. The friendships I’ve made through GTWs
  633. Bekah O.
  634. How she really encouraged me a while ago when I needed it a lot
  635. The friendship we’ve developed since then
  636. All the email we’ve done
  637. What I’ve learned from her
  638. That writers can connect
  639. Grandma
  640. That we can email back and forth
  641. All the fun we’ve had playing games together
  642. Her outlook on life.
  643. How she supports me with my writing
  644. That she reads my books
  645. Grandpa
  646. All the memories of him making us breakfast
  647. That he loves us
  648. That he is happy to talk to us for long times
  649. His gift of stories
  650. How he takes time for everyone
  651. Eleonore
  652. Her love for all of us
  653. Her hospitality
  654. How she loves to serve
  655. The stories she tells
  656. The food she makes us
  657. All the treats she gives us
  658. All the author’s who’s books I’ve been able to review this year
  659. That our world has a system for reviewing books
  660. That I can do 5 star and 10 star ratings
  661. That I don’t have to follow all of the systems
  662. That we have freedom of speech
  663. Love
  664. Joy
  665. Peace
  666. Patience
  667. Kindness
  668. Goodness
  669. Faithfulness
  670. Self-Control
  671. That I like to make things into challenges
  672. Challenges that help us progress in life
  673. God’s patience
  674. God’s Love
  675. God’s Goodness
  676. God’s faithfulness
  677. God’s peace
  678. God’s grace
  679. God’s Word in our lives
  680. Our ability to pray
  681. A God who loves us personally
  682. God’s creation
  683. God being creative
  684. God naming each of the stars
  685. God creating me to be creative, too
  686. God’s love in my heart to others
  687. Logan
  688. The good talks we have
  689. When we connect
  690. Praying for each other
  691. Knowing that he cares
  692. His helpfulness towards others
  693. How he drops stuff when someone needs him to
  694. His great out going personality
  695. His huge sense of humor
  696. All his puns
  697. Playing cards with him
  698.   His green thumb
  699. His photography
  700. His enthusiasm for life
  701. Makayla
  702. Lissi
  703. Chloe
  704. People who are good examples
  705. Marissa
  706. Daniel and Christy
  707. Miss Jackie
  708. Rebecca
  709. Bruce and Bonnie
  710. Dorcas
  711. Angela
  712. Clara
  713. Kenzie
  714. Titus
  715. Emma
  716. Lucas
  717. Classics
  718. Books that bring God glory
  719. Tim
  720. Meagan
  721. Cool painted walls
  722. Globes
  723. Handmade stuff
  724. Gluten free treats
  725. Paleo
  726. How much better I feel when I pay attention to what I put in my body
  727. The gift of having health
  728. Energy to work
  729. Energy to live life
  730. Reading at night
  731. Getting to bed on time
  732. Setting goals
  733. Keeping goals
  734. Tracking goals
  735. Sharing my happiness of goals with others
  736. Helping people see how much goals can change their lives
  737. Knowing that goals have made a difference in my life
  738. Living in a country where I”m free to set goals and work on them
  739. Having a job where I can work on goals and be able to get stuff done at my own pace
  740. Joy to the World
  741. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  742. People who sing well
  743. Music that makes me want to move mountains
  744. Audio Adrenaline
  745. (Kings and Queens)
  746. BarlowGirl’s Home for Christmas 
  747. Big Tent Revival
  748. John Waller
  749. Jimmy Needham
  750. Jason Gray
  751. Matt Maher
  752. Matthew West
  753. Michael Card
  754. All the times I listened to his music growing up
  755. Getting to meet him
  756. Getting to talk to him for a while
  757. Telling him how I used to listen to his music while writing
  758. Reading his book
  759. Watching him play his music
  760. Him encouraging me
  761. John Maxwell
  762. All John Maxwell has done to further God’s Kingdom
  763. His desire to please God
  764. How he turns away from his own stuff to do God’s stuff
  765. How much he’s helped our family grow
  766. How he has traveled all over the world sharing about leadership
  767. How many people then want to hear about the reason behind who John is
  768. God’s Word and all we can learn from it
  769. Memorizing God’s Word
  770. Growing each day
  771. Forgiveness
  772. The ability to repent and move forward again
  773. People who also display forgiveness
  774. Michael W. Smith
  775. Newsboys
  776. Mandisa
  777. The Piano Guys
  778. Sara Groves
  779. Third Day
  780. TobyMac
  781. Soundtracks
  782. Gaither Vocal Band
  783. Gaither Homecomings
  784. Chris Rice
  785. Celtic Woman
  786. Patch the Pirate
  787. Jonathan Park
  788. Narina Soundtrack
  789. Starkindler CD
  790. The imagination I have
  791. How music takes me soaring
  792. Buddy Davis music
  793. That Buddy and Kay Davis are my adopted parents
  794. All the love and blessings I get from having two families
  795. Getting to go on grand adventures with my adopted parents
  796. How kind and generous they are to me
  797. That they support me so much with my writing
  798. How they’re willing to go out of their way to help me
  799. That they love me
  800. All the goofy conversations we have
  801. Getting to make memories with them
  802. Dreams come true
  803. Listening to the music soon after he writes it
  804. Getting to hear all the songs early on
  805. Talking to my adopted papa about creativity and being a writer
  806. All the books we’ve gotten to co-author together
  807. Creative sessions
  808. Celebrating milestones
  809. Singing
  810. Listening to him play his instruments
  811. all the behind the scenes stuff I’ve gotten to see
  812. Watching them make DVDs
  813. Getting to be a small part of the process
  814. Creation Museum
  815. All the time I’ve gotten to spend there
  816. All the friends I have who work there
  817. Having FB to connect with those friends even though I don’t get to see them very often
  818. The truth that they share
  819. People who find out about God through the Museum
  820. How so many people have their faith strengthen
  821. That people finally know the reason for the hope they have within them
  822. Helping people learn how to defend their faith
  823. The Ark Encounter
  824. How many people have heard about God through that
  825. The blessings you’ve poured out on AiG
  826. The blessings AiG has given back to you
  827. Everyone who really wants to follow and obey God
  828. All those who have read my books
  829. The people who have contacted me to let me know they’ve enjoyed my book
  830. Elizabeth
  831. My audio book
  832. The dreams I still have
  833. The joy I get when I serve God
  834. Christmas lights
  835. Christmas
  836. Celebrating Jesus’ birth
  837. The excitement of so many people celebrating the same thing
  838. Christmas cookies
  839. The scents of Christmas
  840. Christmas decor
  841. People who do a good job decorating
  842. Flowers
  843. Thanksgiving
  844. How a whole day is set aside to be thankful
  845. The yummy food we get to eat
  846. The spirit of thankfulness
  847. Watching children celebrate holidays
  848. Resurrection Sunday
  849. The meaning behind the day
  850. New Years Day
  851. New Years Eve
  852. Celebrating the dawning of a new year
  853. Traditions
  854. Being able to kinda start over
  855. Making new goals
  856. Celebrating the finishing up of old goals
  857. Rushing to get everything done
  858. Praying in the new year
  859. Gathering together with people we love
  860. Gordon
  861. Susanna
  862. Samuel
  863. Isaiah
  864. Faith
  865. Mercy
  866. Roy
  867. The baby
  868. That Jesus came down to earth for us
  869. That Jesus was willing to die for our sins
  870. Jesus healing people
  871. All the accounts in the Bible of Jesus on earth
  872. Jesus being able to relate to us
  873. Jesus understanding what we go through
  874. Jesus being willing to become human for us
  875. Being able to be in Heaven with Him
  876. Knowing that we are loved
  877. That we belong in His family
  878. 5Ks
  879. Family walks
  880. Family bike rides
  881. Keeping track of stuff
  882. When friends encourage each other
  883. Cooking in the kitchen with my sisters
  884. Having brothers who cook
  885. Fun memories of Daddy cooking
  886. A mom who had patience teaching us to cook
  887. Mom
  888. Mom’s love
  889. Mom’s support
  890. Mom listening to me
  891. Good talks with Mom
  892. Mom taking time to help us out
  893. Mom’s wisdom
  894. Mom knowing what we need to help us
  895. Mom being so knowledgeable with health
  896. How my office is a perfect haven
  897. That my rat has lived so long
  898. That I have parents who allow me to have little critters
  899. Day dreams that have come true about writing
  900. School books
  901. Being homeschooled
  902. Having friends who were homeschooled
  903. Learning about writing as part of my schooling
  904. Mrs. Vick
  905. Mrs. Moon
  906. BJU Homesat
  907. Fun teachers
  908. Libraries
  909. Being able to borrow lots of books from libraries
  910. Growing up in a home where people listened to each other
  911. Family meals
  912. All the great birthday traditions we have
  913. Family meetings where we all get a say
  914. Living in a big family
  915. Cool quotes
  916. Jokes that make me laugh
  917. Puns
  918. A family who uses a lot of puns
  919. Sitting out on the porch at night time
  920. Watching fire flies
  921. Listening to whip-poor-wills
  922. Borrowing clothes from siblings
  923. Clouds that make pictures
  924. Silly pictures
  925. All the pictures I have that I can look back on for good memories
  926. Enjoy making scrapbooks
  927. My smash book
  928. People who collect memories and then share them with others
  929. Memories from Paris
  930. Eating French Fries in France
  931. Eating fish and chips in England
  932. Eating Swiss cheese in Switzerland
  933. Learning and growing with my grammar
  934. People who have helped me improve with my writing this year
  935. Adding Emily into WLHYL
  936. Katie becoming nice in WLHYL
  937. How much fun Darrick is to write about
  938. How the characters in my book have really come together
  939. When people talk about characters as if they’re real
  940. Songs that remind me of my characters
  941. When my family listens to me talking about WLHYL
  942. The beautiful shade of red that I have in my room
  943. Over the Divide 
  944. Rivers of Judah 
  945. Snow 
  946. Out of Hiding 
  947. Way of Escape 
  948. The Slide 
  949. SnowBlind 
  950. Cathrine Farnes
  951. Tawny Scrawny Lion 
  952. Little Golden Books
  953. Baby Brown Bear’s Big Bellyache 
  954. Go, Dog, Go 
  955. Timmy Tiger’s Terrible Toothache 
  956. The Biggest Bear 
  957. The Christian Mother Goose’s Big Book 
  958. Getting to give Clara the books I read and loved as a kid
  959. Whenever parents inspire their kids to read at an early age
  960. The Bridge 
  961. Two Collars 
  962. The Crown and Jewel 
  963. Llamas on the Loose 
  964. Jerri Massi
  965. Salt
  966. My wooden dolls
  967. Lightening
  968. Chestnut
  969. Elisabeth and Susanna riding horses with me
  970. The amazing imagination my nieces and nephews have
  971. Listening to their excited voices as they tell stories
  972. Abbie calling to read us a book
  973. Eyes lighting up when excited
  974. Expressive faces
  975. Cheerful noises
  976. Babies learning to walk
  977. Clara winking
  978. The joy of discovering new things
  979. Making each day an adventure
  980. Hope when things are tough
  981. Friends from different walks of life
  982. Knowing people from all over the world
  983. Having an expanded world view
  984. All times I’ve slept in cool places like the barn
  985. When I used to help the goats during kidding season
  986. The wonderful childhood I had
  987. Being around people who really love me and want to help me
  988. Being able to really help and love others
  989. Personality tests
  990. The 5 Love Languages
  991. My small spoons from all over the world
  992. My old, old books from Europe
  993. Old book stores
  994. Pine trees
  995. Blue birds
  996. Listening to birds singing
  997. The night sounds
  998. Protection
  999. Cornhusk dolls
  1000. Growing up close to my cousins

5 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

  1. Bekah says:

    I feel honored to be included in your thankful list, Aidyl. 🙂 You have been an awesome encouragement to me, as well. I loved reading through your list! It seems we listen to some of the same music and have read some of the same books. “Derwood Inc.” and the rest of that series by Jeri Massi was so fun!! Mom read those books aloud to us and we always laughed so hard. 😀

    A few things I’m thankful for:

    My salvation through Christ alone
    My family
    God’s provision
    My health
    My job
    Friends that encourage in my relationship with the Lord and in my writing. (Such as you. 🙂 )
    The ability to write
    The stories that God has given me
    The enjoyment of reading
    A car that runs smoothly
    All the things I get to enjoy

    As you said at the beginning of your post, this list isn’t conclusive, but it’s nice to make lists of things you’re thankful for.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Liked by 1 person

    • aidylewoh says:

      Thank you Bekah for leaving your own list! I like it a lot! =) And yes! I have laughed out loud so, so much while reading “Derwood Inc.” Totally one of my childhood favorites! (I don’t know why I didn’t put the book on the list? My mind must have blanked out…)
      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Bekah!


  2. Kate Willis says:

    What a great list, Lydia! I love this idea. 😉 I didn’t have time to read the whole thing, but I was impressed to see how many people you have on it. You are such a friend-maker! Thank you for being my friend. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • aidylewoh says:

      Thanks, Kate! And yeah, it’s a long list. I didn’t exactly expect everyone to take the time to read the whole, long, long list. 🙂 It was fun to write though.
      Oh wow, that’s really sweet of you to say! I’m glad I can have friends. ❤ Thank you for being my friend, too!

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