11-28-16 Thankful

Twenty Six Things I am Thankful For

It’s November, the traditional month of thankfulness. So in honor of being thankful, I have decided to make a list of things I am thankful for based on the twenty six letters of the alphabet. Ready? Here we go!

A- Almond Milk- The kids and I are dairy free, so I love that we have a dairy alternative that doesn’t break the bank and is also pretty tasty. I’m also excited to see that more coffee shops and restaurants are offering dairy free options. 🙂

B- Bacon- Need I say more?
C- Craigslist- Ok, so I know there are some shady, serial killer types that haunt the dark recesses of Craigslist, but thankfully I’ve never had a bad experience. And happily when I sent my mom and sister to do a Craigslist transaction for me, they were able to purchase the bulk legos I had been eyeing and they didn’t get killed!!! Yay for surviving another Craigslist transaction!

D- dictionary.com– I visit this site a few times a week just to look up words I run across that I have never seen before. Case in point.. today’s word was liminal, which I learned means “relating to the point (or threshold) beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced” Now to use it in a sentence. She was liminal, no longer a child, but not yet a woman. 

E- Electricity- this one is kind of a given. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that I adore classic British literature, but I would gladly forego being a heroine in such a novel if it meant having to give up electricity.

F-  Forgiveness- Not to get too deep here, but seriously, forgiveness is a pretty amazing thing. Hard, especially if you are the one that has been hurt, but it completely has the ability to restore what has been broken.

G- Goats- When I was a little girl, I really, really, really wanted a goat. I was small, and I figured riding a goat made more sense than climbing up on a large, fast horse. However, despite all my supplications and detailed rationalizations, my parents never actually got me a goat. It’s ok, I forgive them. 😉

H- Hospitals- We live in the shadow of some pretty major medical power houses, and even our smaller, local hospitals are a thousand times better than other places around the world. What a blessing!

I- Inchworms- I hate bugs. Spiders freak me out. Roaches are so gross. But inchworms… well, inchworms aren’t so bad.

J- Jude Law- I’m thankful for Jude Law because he provides countless amusing conversations between me and my husband. Why, you ask? Because I absolutely cannot pick him out of a crowd, but Tim thinks he is one of the most distinctive looking actors out there. My husband spent a half an hour the other day quizzing me on which picture was Jude Law…  I have no idea.  That man could commit murder in front of me in broad daylight and I wouldn’t be able to give the sketch artist anything to work on.

K- Kittens- If Tim would let me, we would be up to our ears in kittens. I love their furry, adorable goodness and cuddles. Side note- I once had a dream that Tim could make kittens by rubbing his feet together. Rub… Rub… *POOF* a kitten!!! Best super power EVER!

L- Lights- Christmas lights, to be exact. We’ve entered my favorite time of year. If it’s going to be dark so early, we might as well make the best of it and put lights on everything! 

M- Mapquest- Before Google Maps, Waze, and GPS devices, there was mapquest. You don’t understand, before the early 2000’s if you wanted to take a long trip you had to use actual, physical, impossible to fold and unfold maps. If you were lucky, you had a road atlas in your car. Thanks to mapquest, navigating became a whole lot easier, safer, and faster. (Sorry, mapquest, no one uses you anymore, but I’m still thankful for your historical contributions!)

N- naps- Hands down my favorite past time.

O- olives- only black olives. Green olives really gross me out.

P- Prime (Amazon Prime)- Two Day Shipping?!? If it doesn’t ship Prime, it won’t be mine! 🙂

Q- Quilts- Nothing beats a comfy, well used, well loved quilt. If I knew how to sew, I would make you all quilts!

R- Redbox- Redbox helps to fill the void that Blockbuster left behind.

S- Sundays- Sundays are my favorite days… Church, naps, family time. So grateful for that day of rest!

T- Timothy- Is this too sappy? Three more days until we celebrate our nine year wedding anniversary. Time flies.

U- Umbrellas- They keep you dry and your hair a little less frizzy… Don’t forget yours tomorrow!

V- Vectrex- Our family’s first gaming system. It came in its own stand alone system. You had Super Mario Brothers? We had Armor Attack.

W- Winter- I may complain about the shorter days and the frequent illnesses, but I really do enjoy the wintertime. I like snow. I like hot chocolate. I like fires roaring in a fireplace.

X- xylophones- Seriously, my options are limited here. But I’m thankful for xylophones because they make beautiful, delicate music.

Y- Yellow- when I was a kid, I hated the color yellow. It reminded me of vomit. Thankfully I outgrew my disdain for that color and learned to appreciate the fact that without yellow, we would have no green.

Z- Zippers- My kids aren’t good with buttons, or anything that ties. Velcro is good, but in the absence of velcro, you can’t go wrong with a zipper.

Wow, that took way longer than I expected it to. Some of those were pretty silly, actually. In all seriousness, though, I am so thankful for so many things this year. I am thankful for my dear husband and three lovely children. They brighten each of my days. I am thankful for my family and friends and church family that have really been such a support to us during a very difficult time. And I am thankful for God’s grace in my life, without which, I would be lost.

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