This year, a number of friends have kept “thankfulness diaries” throughout the month of November, to remind themselves how blessed they are even when family and friends are unemployed, they are far from home and it’s cold outside. Despite our woes, personal and national, we as Americans have much to be thankful for.
So here’s my thankfulness diary. I hope your diary is as rich as mine!
Nov. 1 – I’m thankful for my God-given ability to write. I started writing a novel today.
Nov. 2 – I’m thankful that I live in a country where I can safely go to a polling place, cast my vote and know that no matter how small it seems, my vote matters.
Nov. 3 – I’m thankful for lectures at Glacier Discovery Square that inform me and others about community gardening. It helps us focus our plans.
Nov. 4 – I’m thankful for teachers in this community. The students in School District 6 are getting a great education despite budget cuts.
Nov. 5 – I’m thankful for people like Elly Jones, who commits her time to making beautiful quilts for people in need. Love and beauty are powerful healers.
Nov. 6 – I’m thankful I can enjoy breakfast with my husband in Butte at Great Harvest. Their biscuits and gravy are unequaled!
Nov. 7 – I’m thankful for quality time with my husband, who lives far away.
Nov. 8 – I’m thankful for people who attend school board meetings and speak their minds in defense of their children. I’m hopeful that those people will petition their elected officials to properly fund Montana schools and continue improving education.
Nov. 9 – I’m thankful for a thriving business community in Columbia Falls.
Nov. 10 – I’m thankful for lunch with a very good friend with whom I can talk about work, good books and good food.
Nov. 11 – I’m thankful for veterans like Jesse Mann, who served his country in Iraq and sacrificed watching one of his daughters change from a baby into a little person so that I can write these words without fear.
Nov. 12 – I’m thankful for sunset over the Columbia River in Washington.
Nov. 13 – I’m thankful for a friend’s hospitality and the chance to visit Seattle for the first time. I’m thankful for the color and excitement of Pike Place Market, for thought-provoking art at the Seattle Art Museum and for a Nebraska Cornhusker bar in a Seattle suburb.
Nov. 14 – I’m thankful for hot coffee and a long drive with my husband. We love driving together because we spend the time chatting, enjoying the scenery and reading to each other from our favorite magazines.
Nov. 15 – I’m thankful for early birthday wishes from old friends.
Nov. 16 – I’m thankful for 25 wonderful years on this earth. Here’s to many more!
Nov. 17 – I’m thankful for a church that trusts me with its junior high youth. I can’t wait for many more fun youth group gatherings to come.
Nov. 18 – I’m thankful for the kindness of people in this community. I’m thankful for churchwomen who make me a quilt for a wedding present. I’m thankful for a guided snowshoe trip and “winter getaway” trip from a West Glacier resort as a wedding present.
Nov. 19 – I’m thankful for a husband who cooks me a delicious birthday dinner of deer filet, from a deer he shot himself.
Nov. 20 – I’m thankful for a fabulous group of friends who I can join for dinner, drinks and conversation, followed by a celebration of November birthdays.
Nov. 21 – I’m thankful for a church community committed to the wellbeing of its members.
Nov. 22 – I’m thankful for a warm apartment filled with the smells of a good supper and the company of two lovely kitties.
Nov. 23 – I’m thankful for my brother Josh, who turns 10 years old today! I’m also thankful for one month of being happily married.
Nov. 24 – I’m thankful for the anticipation of a potluck Thanksgiving with friends tomorrow.
(Thanks Pottery Barn for the image … I wish I could spend lots of money at your store!)