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November. The kiddies are all settled into their four respective schools, the days are getting shorter, and it's been raining. We've survived the madness of September and celebrated the October batch of birthdays, and now it is time to take a breath and enjoy and give thanks.So what better way to fill this space than with a list of things for which I am thankful. Here we go:

1) I am thankful that I was born into a wonderful family with two loving parents and two big brothers.

2) I am thankful that I was born in Los Angeles, California where the sun always shines.

3) I am thankful that I grew up in a middle class family and never had to worry about where my next meal was coming from.

4) I am thankful that I had a happy childhood filled with friends and family.

5) I am thankful that I was able to get a college education.

6) I am thankful that I am healthy.

7) I am thankful that I got to go snow skiing in Big Bear when I was a teen.

8) I am thankful that I married a wonderful man and had four lovely children.

9) I am thankful that we are still married.

10) I am thankful that my children are all healthy.

11) I am thankful for our pets- past, present and future.

12) I am thankful for the internet.

13) I am thankful for memory foam.

14) I am thankful for comfortable shoes.

15) I am thankful for my iPhone.

16) I am thankful that I get to walk Bubba nearly every morning.

17) I am thankful for having time to look at flowers when I walk.

18) I am thankful for the scent of the orange blossoms in our back yard.

19) I am thankful for having the opportunity to boogie board at the beach.

20) I am thankful for warm chocoalte cook and serve pudding.

21) I am thankful for the rain.

22) I am thankful for Cafe Latte.

23) I am thankful for my job.

24) I am thankful for all of the authors of all of the books I love to read.

25) I am thankful for restaurants.

26) I am thankful for being able to find humor in almost anything.

27) I am thankful for campfires.

28) I am thankful for butterflies.

29) I am thankful for freedom.

30) I am thankful for life.

31) I am thankful for my friends.

32) I am thankful for my home.

33) I am thankful for electricity.

34) I am thankful for plumbing.

35) I am thankful for my van.

36) I am thankful that my husband always offers to drive.

37) I am thankful that my kids got to walk to elementary school.

38) I am thankful for rapid transit.

39) I am thankful for music.

40) I am thankful for delicious food.

41) I am thankful for traffic signals.

42) I am thankful for prayer.

43) I am thanful for having a swimming pool.

44) I am thankful for filtered water.

45) I am thanful for crisp sheets to sleep in.

46) I am thankful for reclining couches.

47) I am thankful for Facebook.

48) I am thankful for the stars at night.

49) I am thankful for being able to daydream.

50) I am thankful that both of my parents are alive.

51) I am thankful that both of my in laws are alive.

52) I am thankful that we can walk to church.

53) I am thankful that we lived in Paris for 3 months.

54) I am thankful for our medical insurance.

55) I am thankful for windows.

56) I am thankful for understanding.

57) I am thankful for Netflix.

58) I am thankful for .99¢ readers.

60) I am thankful for Kaleidoscopes.

61) I am thankful to our Military for their sacrafices.

62) I am thankful for pedicures.

63) I am thankful for modern medicine.

64) I am thankful for answering machines.

65) I am thankful for paper post its.

66) I am thankful for sparkly things.

67) I am thankful for interesting TV shows.

68) I am thankful for perfume.

69) I am thankful for back massages.

70) I am thankful for having a job I enjoy.

71) I am thankful for Disneyland.

72) I am thankful for microwaves.

73) I am thankful for cordless phones.

74) I am thankful that I have no problem sleeping.

75) I am thankful that I am still writing this blog.

76) I am thankful that we had a big wedding.

77) I am thankful that our family visited the Grand Canyon.

78) I am thankful both my sons have jobs.

79) I am thankful my daughter bakes the holiday cookies.

80) I am thankful my son likes Bible Study.

81) I am thankful that my husband often does the laundry.

82) I am thankful for my faith

83) I am thankful for a very full life.

84) I am thankful that life is full of mystery.

85) I am thankful for candy.

86) I am thankful for live music.

87) I am thankful for airplanes.

88) I am thankful for gardens.

89) I am thankful for text messaging.

90) I am thankful for intereting discussion.

91) I am thankful for The Jesus Christ Radio show.

92) I am thankful for good teachers.

93) I am thankful for calculators.

94) I am thankful for bubble gum.

95) I am thankful that I don't really worry too much about what other people think of me.

96) I am thankful for guidance.

97) I am thankful I kept my old journals.

98) I am thankful that I was in a Book Club for a while.

99) I am thankful I never had to have braces.

100) I am thankful that I am thankful.........

Happy Thanksgiving! Email me your thankful lists!!!!!

Quotes:

On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment - halftime. ~Author Unknown


Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more:
Peace in the hearts of all men living,
peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving.
~Joseph Auslander

On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. ~William Jennings Bryan


It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast. ~W.J. Cameron


Lord, 'tis Thy plenty-dropping hand
That soils my land,
And giv'st me for my bushel sowne
Twice ten for one.
All this, and better, Thou dost send
Me, to this end,
That I should render, for my part,
A thankful heart.
~Robert Herrick


Thanksgiving is America's national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty. ~Michael Dresser


Forever on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway home.
~Wilbur D. Nesbit


Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live. ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. ~Author Unknown


To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. ~Johannes A. Gaertner


A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. ~Cicero


But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie;
Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie!
~Margaret Junkin Preston


Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving. ~Mike Connolly


Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory. ~Author Unknown


God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. ~Izaak Walton

I have strong doubts that the first Thanksgiving even remotely resembled the "history" I was told in second grade. But considering that (when it comes to holidays) mainstream America's traditions tend to be over-eating, shopping, or getting drunk, I suppose it's a miracle that the concept of giving thanks even surfaces at all. ~Ellen Orleans


Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants. ~Kevin James


Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now. ~A.W. Tozer


Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in. ~Phillips Brooks


Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. ~Seneca


Happy We-Stole-Your-Land-and-Killed-Your-People Day! ~Thanksgiving toast, from the movie Sweet November


For what I give, not what I take,
For battle, not for victory,
My prayer of thanks I make.
~Odell Shepard

If I have enjoyed the hospitality of the Host of this universe, Who daily spreads a table in my sight, surely I cannot do less than acknowledge my dependence. ~G.A. Johnston Ross


O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
~William Shakespeare


None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy. ~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh


Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel. ~Author Unknown


The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it and then chopping and cooking and braising and blanching. Then it takes 20 minutes to eat it and everybody sort of sits around in a food coma, and then it takes four hours to clean it up. ~Ted Allen


And though I ebb in worth, I'll flow in thanks. ~John Taylor


The thing I'm most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands. ~Author Unknown

For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves, we are all of us from birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread. The sun, the earth, love, friends, our very breath are parts of the banquet.... Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host, and to find out something of Him who has fed us so long? ~Rebecca Harding Davis


Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. ~Aesop


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward


May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
~Author Unknown


But whether we have less or more,
Always thank we God therefor.
~Author Unknown

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Quotes:

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ~H.U. Westermayer


If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart


Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ~E.P. Powell


So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.
~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Remember God's bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! ~Henry Ward Beecher

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~Edward Sandford Martin


Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.
~Alexander Pope


What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? ~Erma Bombeck, "No One Diets on Thanksgiving," 26 November 1981


Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. Cameron

He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
~J.A. Shedd


Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day. ~Robert Caspar Lintner


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~Erma Bombeck

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. ~Irv Kupcinet


Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~George Herbert

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~Henry Ward Beecher


Some hae meat and canna eat, -
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
~Robert Burns


It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it. ~Alistair Cooke

Ah! on Thanksgiving day....
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?
~John Greenleaf Whittier


Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings. ~J. Robert Moskin


There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. ~O. Henry


Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder


Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life... a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God. ~Ray Stannard Baker (David Grayson)


Heap high the board with plenteous cheer and gather to the feast,
And toast the sturdy Pilgrim band whose courage never ceased.
~Alice W. Brotherton


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