1,000 Things for which I’m Thankful

Well, this was supposed to be a list of 1,000 things I was thankful for, but before I knew what was happening I looked down and it was 1,035 things. Because you know what? There is a lot in life to be grateful and praise God for.

It took me two hours and forty-five minutes to compile this list. I wrote it while sitting in my car outside my adopted parent’s (also known as skunk parent’s) house. Papa Skunk has Covid and pneumonia and is in the hospital due to having trouble breathing. Mama Skunk is quarantined at her house so I can’t go inside to be with her, but I didn’t want her to have to be alone so I took some time off work and am staying in my car outside her cabin so she has someone nearby. Thankfully my brother lives nearby so I can sleep as his house.

I’m on day three and the hours get long when there’s nothing to do but sit and wait, and so I started thinking of things I’m thankful for. Normally I write a list of 1,000 things I’m thankful for on Thanksgiving Day, but I figured why not share the list early this year? Because despite everything – or maybe because of everything – I’ve been overwhelmed over and over again this year with how much I have to be thankful for.

Like a job. And a boss who will let me take time off of said job in order to sit in a quarantined way with my mama. And a mama to sit with in the first place. See what I mean? When you start thinking of all there is to be thankful for, then the list just starts growing.

There’s so much I didn’t include on the list – like wheelbarrows and lawnmowers and butterflies and falling leaves and snow and popcorn and… Well, you get the idea. I had to end the list somewhere though, so I just went with the first thousand things that came to mind – very sporadically I might add. There’s no rhyme or reason to the order they’re in, most certainly not in order of importance because that would be impossible.

Also, I’m sure I forgot to mention some exceedingly important things, so there are sure to be some very obvious things not on the list. And, um, I kinda have had some big things in my life happen recently that I haven’t blogged about yet, and those things might be included in this list. Don’t worry though, I plan on catching up with blogging some day.

Despite the worry and sadness, craziness and stress, the odd times and unknowns, I’m exceedingly thankful. God is good even when times are not, and for that, I’m grateful.

Today I’m thankful for…

  1. my family
  2. people who care about each other
  3. small joys that make the world happier
  4. the chance to be happy
  5. the choice to be thankful
  6. having joy even when things are rough
  7. birds
  8. bird feeders
  9. bluejays and how pretty they are
  10. the brilliant colors of cardinals
  11. being able to see colors
  12. being able to see shapes
  13. being able to feel textures
  14. the cozy feeling of wrapping up in a fuzzy blanket with coffee
  15. scones
  16. biscotti
  17. lemon
  18. working fridges
  19. big freezers
  20. food to put in them
  21. coffee
  22. spring water
  23. the ability to taste
  24. money to buy food
  25. a car to keep me warm
  26. heated seats
  27. gas that isn’t incredibly expensive
  28. charger packs
  29. brothers
  30. being able to think and reason
  31. an iPad to borrow
  32. my blog
  33. that in the midst of changes God is still God
  34. white chocolate
  35. Walmarts
  36. the countryside
  37. tall trees
  38. seasons
  39. coziness on cold, rainy days
  40. that I can think and reason
  41. my job
  42. the people who I get to interact with on a daily basis
  43. all the friendships I’ve developed this year
  44. that in the midst of Covid God is still in control
  45. music
  46. my iPhone
  47. a pretty case for my phone
  48. the ability to write
  49. wood to burn
  50. porches
  51. porch swings
  52. rocking chairs
  53. desks
  54. tables
  55. A working chimney
  56. a house of my own
  57. a roommate for said house
  58. a place to live
  59. a place to park my camper
  60. answered prayers
  61. a front porch
  62. flowerbeds
  63. a barn
  64. a yard
  65. nice neighbors
  66. fields next door
  67. the Ohio River just down the street
  68. making memories
  69. Madcap Mondays
  70. people who help with paperwork
  71. that most of the paperwork is done
  72. dreams coming true
  73. a nice living room
  74. my little nook
  75. that I can call my house a burrow
  76. beds
  77. nice mattresses
  78. sheets
  79. closets
  80. shelf space
  81. dressers
  82. a couch
  83. a chair
  84. blue walls
  85. pretty paint
  86. nice trim
  87. not having to redo lots of stuff in my house
  88. wood floors
  89. a rug
  90. a wood burner for heat
  91. enough wood for the whole winter
  92. budgeting
  93. a place to hang pictures
  94. pictures for which to hang
  95. Mom covering the extra window
  96. pretty fabric
  97. bookshelves
  98. books for the shelves
  99. people helping me move
  100. people helping me set up my house
  101. red dishes
  102. clean counters
  103. a hot water tank
  104. a working water pump
  105. a well
  106. running water
  107. not having to winterize my house
  108. a washer and dryer
  109. a bathroom
  110. a bathtub
  111. a beautiful sink and mirror
  112. keeping my camper close by
  113. being organized
  114. that I went through my stuff several years ago and so don’t have as much any more
  115. that I’m learning what is excess and what is helpful to have
  116. that I can cook on a full-size stove
  117. that I have people to cook for
  118. that I can afford to buy healthy food to eat
  119. that I enjoy cooking
  120. that I enjoy most healthy foods
  121. that I can splurge and eat food that isn’t the healthiest but is yummy
  122. for all the new foods I’ve discovered how to cook this year
  123. MeaLime
  124. this year
  125. being able to help my family move
  126. spending good time with siblings
  127. getting to stay with my oldest sister for a month
  128. helping my oldest sister
  129. being able to bless others while I was laid off during the spring
  130. getting to know young nieces and nephews better
  131. having good conversations with older nieces and nephews
  132. making memories with nieces and nephews
  133. connect four
  134. red headed woodpeckers
  135. milking goats – and not having my own goat to milk
  136. warm and cozy blankets
  137. fuzzy socks
  138. sparkly socks
  139. people who know how much socks mean to me and give them to me
  140. cotton candy
  141. eating cotton candy late at night with people
  142. Christmas music
  143. Christmas decorations
  144. pretty books
  145. vibrant colors
  146. being able to see
  147. being able to hear
  148. being able to touch
  149. hugs
  150. holding small children
  151. a new nephew
  152. nice names
  153. answers to prayer
  154. being able to pray
  155. knowing God listens
  156. serving an all-powerful God
  157. being on the right side of the battle
  158. knowing what the ultimate outcome is
  159. knowing other people who also serve God
  160. knowing that I can make a difference for eternity
  161. clean clothes
  162. warm sweatshirts
  163. love
  164. joy
  165. happiness
  166. squirrels
  167. the range of emotions I can feel
  168. that I grew up in a family that encouraged emotions, but also truth
  169. that truth doesn’t change
  170. that I can know what truth is
  171. that I can read the Bible
  172. having a Bible
  173. having an audio Bible on my phone
  174. All the apps I can use as tools
  175. spellcheck
  176. trees
  177. fences
  178. blue skies
  179. gray skies
  180. clouds
  181. science
  182. that we can learn and grow
  183. that we live in a time and age when we know how things work
  184. history
  185. learning from history
  186. historical fiction
  187. fiction in general
  188. nonfiction
  189. being able to learn from books
  190. growing up in a family that encouraged reading
  191. enjoying reading
  192. the eyesight to read well
  193. glasses
  194. glasses lasting for a long time
  195. babies!
  196. laughter
  197. listening to children
  198. reading to children
  199. having good relationships with nieces and nephews
  200. emails from nieces
  201. Facetiming with nieces
  202. sisters
  203. sister-in-laws
  204. a good relationship with my grandma
  205. visiting my grandma
  206. playing games with Grandma
  207. Grandma’s 90th birthday
  208. growing up with grandparents in my life
  209. numbers
  210. being able to count and do math
  211. that even though numbers get mixed up in my brain, I can still work with them
  212. knowing how to spell, hard though it may be at times
  213. being creative
  214. growing up in a family that encourages creativity
  215. puzzles
  216. working on puzzles with Grandma
  217. playing cards with my family
  218. my dad playing an active part in raising us kids
  219. growing up in a big family
  220. having a stay-at-home mom
  221. being homeschooled
  222. having parents who cared enough to keep going to doctors until we found out I had Lyme disease as a teenager
  223. being able to fight the Lyme disease
  224. how healthy I am today
  225. that I am continually getting better
  226. that I have so much energy
  227. my job
  228. that I can do work that suites me so well
  229. that my work is so rewarding
  230. that I have so much fun working
  231. how many people I know at work
  232. that I get to do uniforms at work
  233. that there are other people who can take my place when I’m gone
  234. that I can be with my skunk parents right now
  235. that I have a family who’s willing to drive to give me stuff
  236. that there are people praying for my skunk papa
  237. that I have people in my life who will embrace my craziness
  238. that I can caw at people at work and they take it in stride
  239. that when I caw at some people at work they bark back
  240. Christmas decorations
  241. Thanksgiving decorations
  242. that I have a house I can decorate
  243. that I can put red ribbons places
  244. candles
  245. curry
  246. smelling yummy food
  247. that I still have a job
  248. that my job reopened
  249. that the Museum still has people coming to it
  250. that people get to learn more about God and His amazing-ness
  251. that God is all-powerful
  252. that God cares about me
  253. smiley faces
  254. being able to keep in touch with people through texting
  255. that I have people I want to keep in touch with
  256. that I know how to type
  257. candy
  258. pizza
  259. being whimsical
  260. jumping in the Ohio River when it’s cold
  261. having people care about my safety
  262. warm dresses
  263. Spotify
  264. holidays
  265. rocks
  266. pens
  267. smooth pens that glide over paper
  268. journals
  269. prayer journals
  270. my dream-come-true trip out west
  271. getting to vlog about the trip out west
  272. that Logan and Johanna came with me
  273. that our parents let us take the RV
  274. that after 19 years of dreaming the trip happened
  275. that there weren’t a lot of restrictions when we went on the trip
  276. that I can always have those memories
  277. Yellowstone!
  278. that we used Google Maps
  279. that we did all our own cooking
  280. being able to shop along the way
  281. what I learned on the trip
  282. how I grew on the trip
  283. good sibling time
  284. being able to watch online church while far away
  285. having a church I really like
  286. learning to having a new church in Kentucky
  287. moving to Kentucky for good
  288. car seats that are comfortable to sit in
  289. following the Oregon Trail
  290. learning how to spell Oregon after years of trying
  291. how long 3 weeks felt on our trip
  292. not getting bit by rattlesnakes
  293. seeing a rattlesnake
  294. seeing bears
  295. seeing moose
  296. seeing foxes
  297. seeing lots of buffalo
  298. all the other wildlife
  299. cool mountain air
  300. seeing snow
  301. lovely sunsets
  302. drone shots
  303. playing games with Johanna
  304. French toast in Montana
  305. camping by a big creek
  306. driving across ALL of Montana
  307. Wyoming
  308. how different places look so different
  309. the Badlands of SD
  310. getting to see where Laura Ingalls lived
  311. touching the real school she attended
  312. seeing Mount Rushmore
  313. visiting museums
  314. walking on the Oregon Trail
  315. Riding Lightening on the Oregon Trail
  316. driving through Oregon
  317. driving through Washington
  318. driving the RV, but not for long
  319. having a picnic in the middle of the road
  320. postcards
  321. humus
  322. carrots
  323. pretend horses
  324. an imagination
  325. water
  326. apple cider
  327. egg nog
  328. ice
  329. sweet tea
  330. gas stations
  331. campfires
  332. camping out
  333. tipi´s
  334. all the new states I got to visit
  335. the dream of someday living out west
  336. dunking in the Ocean when we reached the coast
  337. marking so many things off my dream list
  338. being able to dream in the first place
  339. living in a family that encourages dreaming
  340. that the RV never broke down
  341. getting to finally visit Kaitlyn even if I didn’t surprise her
  342. having friends all over the place
  343. getting to see Tim and Meagan and the kids
  344. that I live in place where it’s easy to breathe
  345. beautiful mountain views
  346. open plains
  347. TRAVEL
  348. being home
  349. Logan meeting his future wife on the trip
  350. getting to spend time with the Smith’s
  351. long four-wheel rides with the setting sun
  352. how beautiful the sunsets were
  353. being a morning person
  354. spending time with God before others woke up
  355. learning to be more chill
  356. doing the dishes with ease since I was used to heating water
  357. having a bathroom on the move
  358. painting
  359. watercolors that are pretty
  360. maps
  361. the notebook Dad helped me do
  362. Idaho!
  363. Finding out how different various states are
  364. crossing several more states off my list
  365. the Smith girls taking me to Kansas
  366. a keyboard that works
  367. that I was able to go on my dream trip before buying a house
  368. all the travel I´ve gotten to do during my life
  369. the cultures I´ve gotten to see
  370. having a blog, even though I don´t blog much currently
  371. cats
  372. dogs
  373. kittens
  374. puppies
  375. not having any pets currently
  376. knowing I can get a kitten if I want
  377. freedom
  378. the ability to make choices that are good
  379. my team at work
  380. Allen
  381. Alex
  382. Autumn
  383. Livviya
  384. Landis
  385. Elizabeth
  386. Niki
  387. Roger
  388. my coworkers
  389. Rebeccah
  390. Miss Viviann
  391. Hannah
  392. Mark
  393. Bekah
  394. Sharon
  395. Johnny B.
  396. Candy
  397. Liz
  398. Hannah
  399. Yvonne
  400. Danielle
  401. Laura
  402. Lori
  403. Deborah
  404. Chris
  405. Connor
  406. Kayla
  407. Mike
  408. Mason
  409. Jessica
  410. Katie
  411. Laurie
  412. Caleb
  413. Kirsten
  414. Andy
  415. Sherrie
  416. Samuel
  417. Samuel
  418. Miss Betty
  419. Zack
  420. Miss Valerie
  421. Rose
  422. Brittney
  423. Faith
  424. Grace
  425. Kathryn
  426. Arielle
  427. Kori
  428. Anna
  429. Scott
  430. Ronda
  431. Felicia
  432. Ryan
  433. Hezekiah
  434. Hannah
  435. Isabella
  436. Noah
  437. Isaiah
  438. Ethan
  439. Ethan
  440. Jason
  441. Mr. Carlson
  442. Tom
  443. Thomas
  444. Naomi
  445. Naomi
  446. Julie
  447. Heather
  448. Celeste
  449. Esther
  450. Jonathan
  451. Zane
  452. Judy
  453. Carol
  454. Andrew
  455. Paul
  456. Paul
  457. Tiffany
  458. Joe
  459. Mr. Boone
  460. Carlotta
  461. Ryan
  462. Ben
  463. Ben
  464. Sarge
  465. Bill
  466. Joe
  467. Matt
  468. Darcy
  469. Heidi
  470. Olivia
  471. Stephen
  472. Gary
  473. Gordon
  474. Heather
  475. Matthew
  476. Geneva
  477. Ben
  478. Jim
  479. Danette
  480. Leanne
  481. Leighann
  482. Suzy
  483. Caleb
  484. Barbara
  485. Ernest
  486. Tim
  487. Faith
  488. Rebekah
  489. Gary
  490. Les
  491. Stan
  492. Henry
  493. John
  494. Jonathan
  495. Brandon
  496. Nathaniel
  497. David
  498. Karen
  499. Vanessa
  500. Elizabeth
  501. Chloe
  502. Diana
  503. Rosemary
  504. Jerry
  505. Frances
  506. Mary
  507. Quinn
  508. Cheryl
  509. Haley
  510. Bethany
  511. Mandy
  512. Adam
  513. little babies on the way
  514. Kyle
  515. Dustin
  516. Mr. Ken
  517. the Creation Museum
  518. the Ark Encounter
  519. AiG
  520. Susan
  521. our friendship
  522. being able to visit comfortably
  523. that even when we can’t do much together, we always reconnect easily
  524. Josiah
  525. Amelia
  526. Tiber
  527. the baby
  528. Kathryn letting me cook for he
  529. Kathryn’s sweetness
  530. Cody and Lucy
  531. them selling to me
  532. them working with me even when out of contract
  533. people I haven’t seen in ever helping my family move my stuff
  534. trucks and vans
  535. Katie giving me her bed
  536. David and Sarah going with me to pick up the bed
  537. getting my house set up so much
  538. Mom making the sound-bouncy-thing so pretty
  539. accordion doors
  540. piano players
  541. cute little rodents
  542. reading books to little children
  543. the ability to smile
  544. I Saw That cards at work
  545. Marta
  546. Bruce and Bonnie
  547. Joie
  548. Justice
  549. Madalyn
  550. Su
  551. the variety in my job
  552. having my own office
  553. having a work computer
  554. staff meetings
  555. team meetings
  556. how much I love working with my team
  557. being able to help people all day long
  558. all the friendships I´ve developed at work
  559. how much the people at work mean to me
  560. having time at work go so fast
  561. getting to work full-time
  562. having energy to do so much
  563. the War Room
  564. things staying more clean at work
  565. laughter at work
  566. group projects
  567. working with people who really care
  568. having a life outside of work
  569. Rebeccah being in my life
  570. coffee at Rebeccah´s
  571. reading books with Rebeccah
  572. having someone who will borrow and read my books
  573. hearing Rebeccah´s opinion of my books
  574. Rebeccah´s perspective and point of view
  575. Rebeccah´s generosity and observations
  576. Rebeccah´s hospitality
  577. Rebeccah´s yummy food
  578. Rebeccah being a good balance in my life
  579. Rebeccah pointing out things to me
  580. taco nights at her house
  581. staying up late and talking
  582. getting coffee and going to the park
  583. her being willing to do the driving
  584. game nights with Rebeccah and Allen and family
  585. that Hannah comes along now
  586. Allen´s kindness to all the people who he meets
  587. Allen´s determination to help me have a life
  588. Allen giving gifts
  589. Allen making people feel welcomed
  590. Allen taking care of everyone
  591. Allen showing us how things should be done
  592. the Carlson´s
  593. texting with Miss Viviann during quarantine
  594. getting to know Hannah
  595. Hannah´s way of helping me understand myself better
  596. the way Hannah listens
  597. Hannah being there when I need someone
  598. Hannah´s sense of humor
  599. Hannah being willing to try crazy things with me
  600. Hannah´s voice of reason
  601. Hannah being a steady presence in
  602. having the Carlson´s house be my second home
  603. all the help Miss Viviann was when I was buying my house
  604. how I can simply be at the Carlson´s
  605. Miss Viviann´s being willing to make phone calls
  606. our deep conversations
  607. the way we relate to each other
  608. her office being a safe place
  609. that she thinks I´m funny
  610. reading in her office
  611. our friendship
  612. How much I’ve learned from her
  613. the way she checks on me
  614. her welcoming me into her life
  615. her desire to learn and grow
  616. how much she cares for people
  617. that we get to work together
  618. that we like the same kind of foods
  619. salt
  620. tofu
  621. soy sauce
  622. hash
  623. bread
  624. mashed potatoes
  625. vegan sausages
  626. hard boiled eggs
  627. CJ
  628. CJ´s generosity with music
  629. the way he makes people feel included
  630. his hard work at his job
  631. the way he dreams big
  632. having lunch with Miss Viviann and Hannah
  633. Hannah working at the museum!
  634. how quickly friendships develop in the right atmosphere
  635. that this year had the right atmosphere
  636. that I really have people who mean a lot to me
  637. that I can count on the people in my life
  638. that I can do things that bless those in my life
  639. late nights of talking
  640. being welcome in other people´s houses
  641. chipmunks
  642. granola bars
  643. loan offices
  644. signing papers
  645. Johanna taking pictures
  646. Johanna´s craziness
  647. Johanna´s love for others
  648. Johanna in general
  649. All I´ve learned from Johanna
  650. how trendy Johanna is
  651. Johanna´s health getting better
  652. Mariah
  653. Mariah living her dream
  654. Mariah having such cute children
  655. Mariah making the most of life
  656. Mariah being able to have people over to her house
  657. Mariah´s kindness
  658. Mariah´s clean style
  659. Leo
  660. Leo´s coffee business
  661. Leo taking good care of his family
  662. Leo caring about others
  663. good talks with Mariah and Leo
  664. cuddling Charlette and Charles
  665. getting to see Charles when he was just a day old
  666. how darling the Charlies are
  667. that the Charlies can grow up surrounded by so much love
  668. Betsie
  669. Her new baby
  670. Regaining her health
  671. the sweet way she handles children´s shenanigans
  672. her calm spirit
  673. her joy in the Lord
  674. Gordon
  675. how he provides for his family
  676. how he leads his family
  677. Elisabeth
  678. how she´s getting her heath back
  679. how good she is at being a big sister
  680. her joy in the Lord
  681. her sewing abilities
  682. her cheerful personality
  683. Susanna
  684. the way she embraces life
  685. her happiness with little things
  686. how she likes to write
  687. that we have so much in common
  688. her artful ways
  689. the way her parents encourage her art
  690. Samuel
  691. his mature way
  692. how he likes working with his hands
  693. his ability to work hard
  694. his creativity
  695. Isaiah
  696. his spunk
  697. his love for others
  698. his soft heart
  699. his fun grin
  700. his joy at living
  701. Faith
  702. the friendship we have
  703. how she sees so seriously
  704. her desire to be a help
  705. the person she´s going to grow up to be
  706. Mercy
  707. her craziness
  708. how she enjoys life
  709. her jump in feet first personality
  710. how she likes the outdoors
  711. the mischievousness in her eyes
  712. Roy
  713. his sweetness
  714. how he gets included
  715. the way he explains things
  716. his soft heart
  717. his excitement for life
  718. Marian
  719. her adorable
  720. the way she tells stories
  721. how she acts so grown up, but so little at the same time
  722. all the times she made me laugh
  723. her big sisterish actions
  724. Naomi
  725. that she´s such a happy child
  726. her pleasant personality
  727. her cuddles
  728. her contentment in life
  729. her being in the family
  730. Noah
  731. that he was born
  732. that he has his whole life ahead of him
  733. that God has a plan for his life
  734. that he´s got a good name
  735. Tim
  736. his helpfulness
  737. his love for his family
  738. his love for God
  739. his sense of adventure
  740. Meagan
  741. how she´s a good mom
  742. how she cares for others
  743. her steady way
  744. her patience with her children
  745. Kenzie
  746. how shés such a Howe
  747. her sweetness
  748. her love for others
  749. her outgoing personality
  750. Titus
  751. his kindness
  752. his sweet heart
  753. the way he feels deeply
  754. how he will help others in life
  755. Emma
  756. how she relates to others
  757. her quiet personality
  758. how she balances out others in her family
  759. how spunky and creative she is
  760. her thoughtful way
  761. Lucas
  762. how he´s so cute
  763. his place in our family
  764. the plans God has for him
  765. all he´s learning
  766. Logan
  767. that he went out West with me
  768. that this year his dreams came true
  769. his generosity
  770. his way of loving well
  771. him sharing his house with people
  772. the friendships he has
  773. how he´s learning and growing
  774. that he moved my camper
  775. Whit
  776. that I get a new sister
  777. that shés so kind
  778. how much we all already like her
  779. that shés going to fit into our family so well
  780. David
  781. how much help he always is
  782. that he winterized my camper
  783. his help around the house
  784. that when I need help I know I can call him first
  785. his knowledge
  786. his love for others
  787. how good of a dad he is
  788. how cute he and Sarah are together
  789. Sarah
  790. that I get to have her in my life
  791. our FaceTime coffee chats
  792. that we can stay close even while we live far away
  793. how we can share with each other
  794. that she can come visit me, and I can visit her
  795. how creative she is
  796. how pretty her art is
  797. that even as an adult and busy mom she hasn´t lost her curiosity and wonder
  798. Clara
  799. how kind and sweet she is
  800. her loving personality
  801. how smart she is
  802. how she cares so well for others
  803. how amazing she is at being a big sister
  804. the way she notices and helps
  805. Katey
  806. how she´s grown so much
  807. her observations
  808. the way she puts her thoughts into words
  809. that she likes books and quietness
  810. how content she is to do her own thing quietly
  811. what Ive been able to learn by watching her
  812. Helena
  813. that we only live two hours away from each other now
  814. that even though we are both busy we make it a point to stay in each other’s lives
  815. that she loves well
  816. that she´s living her life and digging roots deep
  817. all the influence she´s had on my life
  818. that she finds joy in little things
  819. Joshua
  820. his generous nature
  821. the way he takes care of his wife
  822. his steadying presence
  823. his eagerness to be a part of the family activities
  824. his kindness and thoughtfulness
  825. Moses
  826. that he´s my buddy
  827. all I´ve gotten to learn from him
  828. how he seeks God´s wisdom
  829. all he does for others
  830. how kind and sweet he is
  831. how he´s such a hard worker
  832. how dedicated he is to his school
  833. the cool things he tells me about
  834. playing games with him
  835. him adding so much to my life
  836. Mom
  837. how shés willing to do so much to help her family
  838. all the caring she´s done over the years
  839. that she´s doing so well after her wreck last year
  840. the huge help she was with me buying a house and moving
  841. how supportive she is
  842. her shopping for household stuff for me and with me
  843. her knowledge of sewing
  844. how she raised us kids
  845. having coffee with her
  846. all the good memories I have of growing up
  847. Dad
  848. the way he´s taught all of us to be generous
  849. how he´s played such a huge part in all of our lives
  850. how good he is at quality time
  851. how he´s helped us live our dreams
  852. that he gives such good advice
  853. how he loves God
  854. how he teaches each of us to have relationship with God
  855. the value both my parents put on spending time reading the Bible and praying daily
  856. how my parents have invested so much in my health
  857. Hosanna
  858. getting to video chat with Hosanna
  859. how well Hosanna knows me
  860. Hosanna making me laugh
  861. the way Hosanna and I relate to each other
  862. her job with children
  863. how well she knows how to take care of babies
  864. all the growing up we´ve done together
  865. Melody
  866. the way she makes my life better whenever I see her
  867. that I can be included in her life
  868. that we´ve known each other for so long
  869. all the inside jokes we girls have
  870. all we´ve experienced together
  871. Phil
  872. the way he´s not afraid to be real
  873. his accents
  874. his way of helping others grow
  875. how he wants to grow
  876. his steadiness at being a friend
  877. James
  878. Dorcas
  879. Daniel
  880. Ben
  881. him helping me have a credit score
  882. him always being so supportive and excited about life changes
  883. the way his life is changing and flourishing
  884. Nate
  885. Leanne
  886. Steve
  887. Uncle Zane
  888. Aunt Denise
  889. Zane
  890. Zack
  891. Alexa
  892. Zach
  893. Jackson
  894. Aubrey
  895. how we can work on goals together
  896. how we´ve helped each other stay focused in life
  897. the creativity we share
  898. how both our lives have changed a lot
  899. That we can support each other as we chase our dreams
  900. that we have dreams
  901. that we live in a country where we can have dreams
  902. that goal setting is something we both have in our nature
  903. Zeb
  904. Zeke
  905. Katey
  906. Zion
  907. Annie
  908. Abbie
  909. Uncle Matt
  910. Aunt Lori
  911. Megan
  912. Liz
  913. Olivia
  914. Uncle Chet
  915. Aunt Becca
  916. Jesse
  917. Susie
  918. Uncle Nick
  919. Aunt Angie
  920. Isaiah
  921. Isaac
  922. Inika
  923. Ilijah
  924. Uncle Dan
  925. Aunt Cindy
  926. Uncle Dean
  927. Nathan
  928. Eleonore
  929. all the years with Grandpa
  930. that Grandpa isn´t suffering any more
  931. that we all got a chance to say goodbye to Grandpa last year
  932. rolling hills
  933. woods
  934. streams
  935. oceans
  936. rivers
  937. National Parks
  938. glaciers
  939. Alaska and how I still want to go there some day
  940. Papa Skunk
  941. that he can be in the hospital
  942. that he´s getting better
  943. that he has people caring for him and people praying
  944. Mama Skunk
  945. how well she´s feeling
  946. that I can be here with her
  947. that she is trusting in God and not letting things pull her down
  948. that she loves so well
  949. that her life makes a difference
  950. how Papa and Mama do so much for me
  951. Pastor
  952. Miss Laurie
  953. Nicole
  954. Jamie
  955. Joshua
  956. Bell
  957. Dave and Becky
  958. Sophie
  959. Natalie
  960. Shayla
  961. Heidi
  962. Dakota
  963. Brook
  964. Taylor
  965. Lily
  966. Connor
  967. RJ
  968. all my children´s church children
  969. Garrett
  970. Kilmney
  971. Raquel
  972. Daniel
  973. Sophie
  974. Chapman´s Coffee House
  975. getting to work there for a day
  976. How much I get to walk at my current job
  977. how I get to know so many people at my job
  978. the interactions I get to have with my coworkers
  979. how I get to meet people from all over the world
  980. the way we get to share God´s truth with people from so many backgrounds
  981. How good of a leader Roger is
  982. that I can work directly for Roger
  983. that Roger really cares about the people at the Museum and wants to help them live life well
  984. the balance Roger provides
  985. Cayle
  986. nicknames
  987. that I get to work with Alex
  988. how Alex does such a good job in growing each of us
  989. the leadership qualities I’ve learned from Alex
  990. the way our team has grown so close this year
  991. the friendships I’ve developed while working
  992. how time goes so fast at work
  993. the books I’ve read this year
  994. that I can still review books, despite how much my life has changed
  995. Biblical fiction
  996. Connilyn Cossette
  997. Roseanna M. White
  998. Stephanie Morrill
  999. Sarah Loudin Thomas
  1000. learning from other people’s perspectives
  1001. finding out about my personality and how I can harness the good and change the bad
  1002. that I don’t have to go house hunting
  1003. that God provided the perfect house for me so I never had to go house hunting
  1004. how God’s timing work
  1005. That God puts people in my life at the right time
  1006. that I can be a blessing to others because of the gifts God has given me
  1007. That I can drive
  1008. that I now know how to drive through traffic
  1009. Youtube
  1010. Instagram
  1011. what I’ve been able to learn online
  1012. the Youtube videos I made this year and how fun they were
  1013. that I get to learn and grow each day
  1014. log cabins
  1015. brick houses
  1016. good roads to travel on
  1017. living in this era, even though the olden days would have been cool
  1018. how good this year has been despite everything
  1019. that my friendship with the Carlson’s and Rebeccah has florished
  1020. Bible Study
  1021. the Bible Study girls
  1022. Kayla and Connor asking me to be their flower girl
  1023. Connor and Kayla getting married soon
  1024. huggers
  1025. getting huggers as gifts
  1026. Homer
  1027. Amelia
  1028. Emily
  1029. Novel
  1030. that I had pets growing up
  1031. that I have such good memories of my childhood (not only are they happy, but also that they’re clear)
  1032. for adventures – little though they may be
  1033. driving around to look at barns
  1034. learning to understand people
  1035. that crazy though I am, I still have people who understand me

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