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Several of you are doing the 30 Days of Thanksgiving on Facebook, and I joined in also. Thirty days of Thanksgiving is posting each day something you are thankful for. Here is my list:

  • Day 1: I am thankful for my Heavenly Father for sending His only begotten Son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to die in my place, so that I might live, and thru Him, received forgiveness and eternal life.
  • Day 2: I am thankful for Prayer. It is wonderful to be able to go to His throne and put before it our prayers and petitions to a living God that hears and answers our prayers and still works miracles
  • Day 3: I am thankful for Salvation. I deserve death and hell, but because of the Lord’s free gift to me, salvation, I will be in Heaven with Him and my loved ones for eternity.
  • Day 4: I am thankful for my Dad. He has been gone for almost 10 years now, but his memory remains alive and well. I am thankful I had a real daddy, not just a father, that loved us, provided for us and allowed us to have all of the things a family needs in order to feel safe, secure and cared for. I’m thankful he instilled in us strong Christian morals, strong family values and kept us in Church growing up. I dare anyone to tell me he wasn’t a good father. He was by no means perfect, but he always did the best he could, and I couldn’t have asked for better. I wish I had appreciated him and all he did for us, the sacrifices made, more while he was still alive. I wish I could tell him I’m sorry. I wish I could say thank you. Most of all, I wish I could say, “I love you, Daddy” to him again. I’m forever and always a daddy’s girl.
  • Day 5: I’m thankful for my Mom. I thank God every day that she is alive and well, and that I’m not an orphan. My momma has loved us unconditionally, stood by us through our hardest trials, been there to lend a helping hand whenever she could….if anything, she loves us too much (if there were such a thing). I’m thankful she was so hard on me during my teenage years, even though at the time, I thought she was the meanest person ever. I’m thankful she mothered me and didn’t try to be my friend during my childhood, and because of that, I can call her my best friend now. I’m thankful she loves the Lord and prays for me and my siblings daily. I love her with every fiber of my being, and I hope and pray she is around for many many years to come. I love you mommy!
  • Day 6: I’m thankful for my husband. We have been married for going on 12 years now, and I believe I love him more today than I did the day we got married. Things have definitely not always been easy, but we managed to stick it out during some really hard years. I’m thankful we share the same beliefs, ideals & morals, and have alot of the same interests. I’m thankful I snagged a man that loves the Lord and loves his family above all things. Not only is he an awesome husband, he is also a wonderful daddy to all of our kids. I’m thankful he doesn’t differentiate between his kids and my child. He loves them all and treats them all the same. I’m thankful my kids call him daddy. I <3 you, Rick, with all my heart. 
  •  Day 7: I am thankful for my children. Even though they drive me crazy, I am very lucky to have them in my life. They are not the easiest kids in the world, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. They both were blessed with a wonderful sense of humor, so they keep me smiling and laughing alot. I hope they always remember that I love them very much, even when I have to be the mean mommy. They will always have my heart ♥
  • Day 8: I am thankful for my brothers. My parents did not see fit to give me a sister, though they did try with Alex (LOL), but I’m so glad that I had my brothers. They made me tough, they loved me, cared for me and protected me (especially my older brothers), and they have given me lots of laughter over the years. Shane picking on me, Victor protecting me and me pounding on Alex. We knew how to really have fun! I wish we were still as close today as we were back then. I love each and every one of them.
  • Day 9: I am thankful for my extended family. I have ALOT of extended family, from aunts/uncles to a bazillion cousins, and I thank God every day for blessing me with such a huge family. I have some great memories of Sundays spent at my Ma maw’s house playing with my cousins, holidays spent with both sides of my family, going to church with them, etc. and those are some of my favorite memories to look back on now. I LOVE my family!! Even the ones I don’t know very well (and I know there are alot of you), I’m thankful we are kin =)
  • Day 10: I am thankful for freedom. I mean, can you imagine being born and living in a country where you can’t even speak your mind?! Oh the HORRORS! Just thinking of all the freedoms we take for granted every day, from speaking your mind and giving your real opinion on the craptastic job our leaders are doing to being able to worship freely my living God. So many people do not have that same luxury; if they want to be a Christian and worship God, they have to do it in hiding, and to speak out about the craptasticness of their psychotic dictator leaders is a death wish, etc. So…I am very thankful for my freedom, for being born and bred in the land of the free and home of the brave
  • Day 11: I am thankful for our military, past and present. They are on (or have been on) the front lines fighting for the freedoms we all take for granted every day. From my father and grandfathers’ who served, to my uncles and cousins…and my baby brother…I thank you all for your sacrifice. 
  • Day 12: I am thankful for headache/migraine medicine. For without them, I wouldn’t be able to get through the day.
  •  Day 13: I am thankful for my husband’s sense of humor and laughter (which is healing). The man keeps me laughing, even when I’m sad, mad or whatever. I just can’t stay mad at him no matter how hard I try! He definitely missed his calling; he should have been a comedian. He reminds me of Robin Williams with all the different voices he uses.
    • Day 14: I’m thankful that I have a roof over my head and a place to call home. So many people these days do not have a home
    •  Day 15: I’m thankful that my husband has a well paying job with stability…that he isn’t “job scared”. So many are being laid off in this economy we have, and I’m thankful that we do not have to worry about that. My husband’s been with the same company for over 14 years now…he will not ever quit at the drop of a hat (because someone made him mad, etc.)…I’m thankful for the steady paycheck that comes like clockwork. We are certainly blessed!
    • Day 16: I am thankful for Celine Dion, for without her music, I would have to be screaming and threatening my son for the better part of an hour to get him up in the mornings. Instead? I can just bring up a song of hers on my cell phone, blare it as loud as it will go and sing at the top of my lungs. Awesomeness.
    • Day 17: I am thankful for blankets. I’d be pretty darn cold without them.
    • Day 18: I am thankful for restraint and being able to control my temper (to an extent) and for my Christian upbringing. If I didn’t have restraint and a certain amount of control, there would be some people walking around without eyes (cause I woulda stabbed them out), heads (woulda chopped them off), knees (woulda knocked them out), and fingers (woulda got my dog to bite ’em off). Those people that like to tick me off should be thankful I have such control =)
    • Day 19: I’m thankful for my daughter and her sense of humor. That girl is so funny! 
    • Day 20: I’m thankful for my church. We will become members, officially, after the New Year!
    • Day 21:  I’m thankful for my son. He is funny too!
    • Day 22: I’m thankful that my children are healthy. When I see pictures or hear about really sick kids, my heart breaks for them. I thank God every day for my children’s good health.
    • Day 23:  I’m thankful for Facebook. Yeah, I like to complain about the stupid changes the powers that be CONSTANTLY make to it, messing it up, but without FB, I wouldn’t have found some long lost relatives and friends. No matter the changes, FB has been and continues to be an awesome tool to keep family in touch with each other, to share new and old pictures and other important updates.
    •  Day 24: I’m thankful that I got the camera that I stood in line for 2 hours to get on Black Friday. For real…now I can take better pictures!
    • Day 25: I’m thankful for being part of a family that makes me laugh alot! They keep me entertained!
    • Day 26: I’m thankful for hugs! I LOVE hugs!!
    • Day 27: I’m thankful for technology. Think of all the wonderful memories we can capture on film and share. And those machines that cook food fast and wash clothes for you are pretty nifty too!
    • Day 28: I’m thankful for books! I LOVE to read!!
    • Day 29: I’m thankful I have health insurance…even if I have high deductibles and premiums. And it goes up every year.
    • Day 30:  I’m thankful for quality time spent with my husband! I think every married couple should have some quality time together away from their children (even if only a few hours once a month) to have a successful marriage. Remember that one day our children grow up and leave us…so it’s not good to make children the only focus of a marriage; we are supposed to be happy and still share common interests with our spouse outside of the kids. You are supposed to be together for the rest of your lives. I’m thankful my husband and I still have a lot in common and share the same interests outside of the kids.

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