Thankful List, v. 5.0

Since my blog is working on its fifth year of existence, this is my fifth thankful list.

For those of you just tuning in, every year on Thanksgiving Day, I make a list of 50 things I’m thankful for. They’re in totally random order, and I have a no-peeking-at-last-year’s-list rule, until this year’s list is finished.

(I always like to look at my old lists once I write the new one, though, because it’s interesting to see which things pop up again and again.)

So! Here we go.

I am thankful for:

1. The love that God has for me because of what Jesus did for me…a never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love, as Sally Lloyd-Jones likes to put it.

2. My church family.

3. In particular, the love my church family shows to my children. It usually makes me cry when I think about it (yep. tears alert!)

4. Joshua’s three guy friends. They’re all quite different, and yet each of them complements Joshua in their own unique way (and they provide relief from his heavily female household!)

5. The many privileges I’ve been given in life.

6. Eyes to see those privileges for what they are, which helps me to view others with a more gracious eye.

7. My equestrian boots. Every time I wear them, I feel all happy inside, which makes me think they were a really good splurge.

8. Steady employment for Mr. FG.

9. A mom and dad who helped me learn to work hard and who gave me an, “I can do this.” attitude.

10. The people in my life who love me. I don’t mean that in a bragging sense, like, “Oh, I’m so great and I have oodles of people who love me.” (And I can’t figure out how to word it better even after sitting here for a while.) I just mean that I am grateful that God has put so many people in my life who care about me.

11. Mexican/Tex-Mex food. Oh, yes.

12. A husband who loves me through and through and who makes sure to faithfully communicate his love.

13. Mr. FG’s best friend. I’m so glad that he’s had such a faithful friend for so many years.

14. The way my girls play together. Is it always sunshine and roses? Nope. But in general, they love to do things together.

15. The unintentionally hilarious things Zoe says.

16. The equally hilarious stories Sonia makes up.

17. Contact lenses and glasses. I’d be nearly useless without vision correction.

18. Mr. FG’s raises. It’s pretty lovely to have a little more money to be frugal with! ;)

19. Children who love to read. We’re four for four, and that makes me incredibly happy.

20. The library. Because #19 could get expensive awfully quickly without it!

21. The nightly read-aloud sessions Mr. FG and I have. It’s fun to share a book together this way.

22. The relationship Mr. FG has with Joshua. I like that they share common interests that they can enjoy together, like hockey and live music.

23. What Zoe recently wrote in a journal entry about her favorite sound (she said it was the sound of her daddy’s car pulling into the driveway, and that made me smile.)

24. My 7d camera body and my 50mm lens. Love those two together.

25. My many nieces and nephews.

26. My latest nephew’s good health (he had a scary start in the NICU.)

27. Abundant food. Even in the leanest years of our marriage, we never had to wonder where our next meal would come from.

28. Joshua’s musical bent. He plays piano, of course, but in the last year, he’s started to play drums at church, and he’s picked it up amazingly quickly (he didn’t get that from me, because I can’t even play a shaker!)

29. The opportunity to play music at church with my family.

30. The flexible schedule the kids and I have, which allows us to adapt to Mr. FG’s varying work schedules.

31. The ability to homeschool my kids.

32. The learning I get to do along with them.

33. The artwork that’s always being produced around here.

This is Zoe’s New York City watercolor. The cars totally crack me up.

34. Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen. Our meals wouldn’t be nearly as good without them!

35. The computer Mr. FG built for me. It’s got mirrored hard drives, which means I don’t have to manually back things up (woo!) and my pictures are safely backed up at all times.

36. Lisey’s dependable nature. It’s nice to have a kid who can get their tasks done without lots of reminders.

37. Sunday afternoon game sessions with our kids.

38. Opportunities to bless other people by taking pictures for them.

39. The stage of parenting where children do not need me at night, except on rare occasions. It’s pretty lovely to sleep all night!

40. The happy memories I have of the times when my children were babies. From Lisey on, I savored each baby like she was my last, so I know I enjoyed those years as much as possible. And that helps me to look back without regrets.

41. The not-being-pregnant stage of life I’ve been enjoying for a while now. I’m super grateful for my babies, but pregnancy didn’t treat me very well, and I’m glad I’m done with that.

42. The ability to sleep well. I’m pretty on the go during the day, and then at night, I generally sleep like a rock.

43. The opportunities my blog sends my way. I kinda have to pinch myself whenever I get packages in the mail straight from America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated. It’s pretty awesome.

44. Thin medical files at the pediatrician’s office. There’s almost nothing in those folders except for well-child visits, and I am grateful for that.

45. Reliable vehicles.

46. Sunshine. (I’m pretty sure I’d die if I had to live in a rainy climate!)

47. My niece, Miss Calli. She is such a happy ending to a story with some pretty sad chapters.

48. Digital cameras. I love that I can take as many pictures as I want without worrying about the cost of film and processing.

49. A healthy body. I have a few minor aches and pains (and my eyesight is horrible!), but for the most part, I face very few physical limitations.

50. This blog and the way it allows me to share with so many of you from right here at my little desk. The internet is a crazy thing, isn’t it?

If you made a thankful list, do feel free to leave a link in the comments.

And to all of you that are celebrating today, Happy Thanksgiving!

Joshua made a thankful list today.

And here are my past lists:

2008 Thankful List

2009 Thankful List

2010 Thankful List

2011 Thankful List


  1. Christine says

    I just wanted to say that I’m thankful for you and this blog. :) Your positive, godly attitude has been an encouragement to me so many times! Thanks for being faithful to the callings that HE has given you, because they encourage me in my daily walk as a Christian, a wife and a mom. Happy Thankgiving to you and your family!

  2. says

    We’ve had a very rough week this week, but I am still thankful for:

    Free public healthcare

    Our emergency funds, which have covered the cost of medication and lost income

    Caring family and friends

    Flexible work hours

    And most of all, my wonderful partner, who has been through so much this week.

  3. Kristin says

    Kristen, your blog is a blessing. You’ve helped me make some very important realizations. Instead of getting a meh, $10 throwaway gift for the office White Elephant Christmas party, I decided to spend almost exactly that amount (thank you, JoAnn’s coupons!) to crochet an afghan in the local town university’s team colors, because of your point about a service-oriented attitude in which gifts bless the recipient. This blog is a gift too – actually, I just made your chocolate cheesecake to bring to a Thanksgiving lunch today! Your positive attitude and focus on what’s truly meaningful in life is so needed in this noisy world. Thank you, Kristen!

  4. says

    Thank you to our Military. After reading about the lady who knitted an afghan I thought I would mention the only way that my wife Julia could think of to thank the wounded soldiers. She knits afghan blankets for the soldiers to comfort them and cover their legs. Over the last 2 to 3 years she has knitted 24 of them and we have delivered them to the Walter Reed Hospital in DC. It takes her about a month to knit one – she has arthritis in her hands – and she spends every evening knitting! As she says, it is so little to do after what they have done for us. It is so little to do, but it is all she can do to thank them.

  5. Lindsey says

    There are two other things besides the usual (but important), such as my loving husband: to have running water (which I did without for a number of years while living in a village) and to live in a country where women have freedoms (such as reading what they want!) that are unimaginable to girls and women living in some other countries.

  6. April says

    I am thankful for you and your blog. I want to write something else more lovely but I am too tired. Maybe you could re-post this on Sunday? ;)

  7. Molly says

    Oh, and I’m thankful for my hubby and my kitties and a safe roof over my head. And tasty water from the tap and good morning coffee. And the LIBRARY! (I’m off to the library in just a few minutes, in fact.)

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