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12 Days of Giving #10

Time to refocus…

Give a whole lot of Thanks.

When my kids were young and we lived in a rather remote location, I found a homeschooling community online. It was wonderful to have ‘adult’ conversation during the day, even though it was all written communication. The funniest thing though–I remember a lot of the ladies mentioning taking from Thanksgiving to Christmas off from formal schooling with their littlest children since the kids got lots of informal school writing Christmas cards, doing math during baking, etc.

I thought this was the most extraordinary thing. Take off from mid-october to Dec 25? Crazy! Then I realized they were taking about US Thanksgiving to December 25, which isn’t as insane as it sounds.


But let’s go a step farther. We’ve been busy lately, really busy, right? And there are moments of frustration that sneak in a make us want to throw up our hands or sit down and have a good cry. I challenge you to stop for just a minute and make a Thankful List. Fifteen things in Fifteen minutes or less. What are you thankful about this year? From the BIG picture down to the littler things. because it’s tough to be stressed over what’s happening in our lives while we’re being thankful for what’s happening in our lives.

One commenter will get a $10 Amazon or B&N gift certificate! You don’t have to share your 15 if you don’t want, but leave me a comment to be entered for the gift.

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Jess F.
8 years ago

A Few Things I’m Thankful For (since I can’t come up with 15):
– My Family
– My 7mth old Daughter
– My Pets
– New books
– Vacation Days
– A clean house
– Good health

Have a Happy Holidays!! =0)

8 years ago
Reply to  Jess F.

So many good things! Thanks for sharing.

Nancy Gilliland
Nancy Gilliland
8 years ago

There are so many things I am thankful for, but most important is that I’m still here. The fire this past summer could have been so much worse, and I’m so thankful we all (even the cat) made it out of there. I’m thankful we still have a home, that I have a job, and that all of my family is healthy and safe. And I’m especially thankful that getting hit by a car didn’t sidekine during the busy holiday season. Most of all, I’m thankful that this year is nearly over, and hope that next year has much less… Read more »

8 years ago

You have tons to be thankful for, and I sure hope you put in for a little less stressful 2012!


Maria Esquivel
Maria Esquivel
8 years ago

There are some things to be thankful but here are a few
1. My boys are healthy, my oldest son with diabetes is well control
2. I have my mother with me
3. We have roof over our heads, some people are losing their homes.
4. Being able to afford our give our kids private school education.
5. This Xmas to be able to make new memories with our family as well.
6. Some problems we may doesn’t seem as big as others may have.
So far these are just some but I know will be thinking about it later.

8 years ago

Thankful for my family, my sister having recovered from her emergency surgery 2 months ago, my wonderful pets, the enjoyable and entertaining books from authors like you, the fun times with my little nephew…
Happy Holidays!

Sullivan McPig
Sullivan McPig
8 years ago

I’m thankful for:
having some really great co-workers.
having my loved ones near
small woolly hats
my online friends
and so many more things

Sullivan McPig
Sullivan McPig
8 years ago
Reply to  Vivian Arend

It’s the little things in life like those woolly hats or a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day that make me happy I will confess. I don’t need big things or lots of money as long as I can enjoy those small things.

Chelsea B.
Chelsea B.
8 years ago

Here’s my list :-)

1) My family safe & close.
2) Our fun vacation this past summer.
3) Getting everybody exactly what I wanted to get them for Christmas.
4) Chocolate (almost) everything.
5) Bookstores.
6) The 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice.
7) My mom’s new treadmill which I take full advantage of.
8) Watching True Blood like it’s a religion.
9) Internet.
10) Winning books.
11) Stars movie channels.
12) My brother’s I-just-did-something-wrong-and-find-it-hilarious smirk.
13) Having shorter hair htis past summer.
14) Owls.
15) Sex and the City reruns.

Chelsea B.
Chelsea B.
8 years ago
Reply to  Chelsea B.

That cool smiley stole my #8! LOL!

June M.
June M.
8 years ago

I will definitely have to take the time later to make up the Thankful list. And possibly try to add a new one to it each day. Thanks for the wonderful idea.
1. family
2. friends
3. pets
4. books & the authors who write great stories
5. Chocolate
6. the smell of lavender

(I will have to work more later but I think this will make a great thing to do daily in a journal)
Have a wonderful holiday season!

8 years ago

I’m thankful for our family, health, entertainment(movies, TV, sports and books.)

Jen B.
Jen B.
8 years ago

A few things I am thankful for:
1. my family
2. my friends
3. my health
4. living in a free country
5. laughter
6. good books
7. chocolate (this one if very important)
I think that’s it because I kind of clustered mine in big catagories!

8 years ago

Here is my list

1.My family
2.My friends and online friends
3.My health
4.friends and family are healthy
5.My books nephew and how he can make me laugh guilty pleasure tv shows :)

8 years ago

I am thankful for:
My wonderful family
My loving husband
My good friends
My sweet cats
My good health
Having a job to pay bills

8 years ago

This is a great reminder to slow down and reflect on the past year. I don’t have a complete list yet, but here are a few of the things I’m thankful for:
1) My (and my family and friends’) continued good health
2) My profession, which always in demand.
3) Mallomars – my all-time favorite cookies
4) living in a wonderful location that I love
5) the great trips we’ve taken this year.
6) All of the wonderful authors that keep my TBR pile growing.
7) My Kindle – carrying 100 books with me at all times is so cool.

8 years ago

I’m thankful for:

I have a job
My hubby has a job
We were able to move to TX and still keep a roof over our heads
My son is healthy
I am relatively healthy lol
I have kitties that I love
I have wonderful authors that I love
I have plenty of books to read
I get to see my mom tomorrow


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