30 Days of Thankful 2013 | Share your Thanks and Enter to Win a $10 Starbucks Giftcard

by tabitha on November 1, 2013 · 123 comments

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Here’s an ongoing list of all the things I am thankful for.  I’m adding one each day.  Leave a comment on the post to be entered to win a $10 Starbucks giftcard!  (giveaway details below…)

The first thing that I am thankful for makes everything else I’m thankful possible….

1.  I am most thankful for my relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  For without Him, and His sacrifice, I would have nothing to truly be thankful for.

2.  The second thing I am thankful is my mother.  She was the closest thing to an angel I’ll ever know this side of heaven.  She’s the one responsible for the relationship I have with Christ.  And she’s the reason that I am who am I today.  I miss her terribly- 5o is just too young to leave this earth – but I am grateful that she was able to teach me everything I needed to know about being a Christian, a good person, a mother, and a wife  in the 24 short years that she got to be my mom.  And I’m thankful that I listened most of the time…..

3.  I am thankful for my husband.  For the past 12+ years we’ve progressed from a blind date to high school sweethearts to husband and wife to mom and dad.  It’s been quite a journey but I’m thankful we’ve made it!  So many of our peers, others our age, others that met/married young like we did, they did not make it this far.  I’m glad we’re still by each others side.

4. I am so very, very thankful for the miracle that I didn’t think we were going to get.  And that’s my son.  My precious, beautiful, loving, amazing, inspiring, adorable, smart, energetic, little boy.   The last five years have been a privilege, a joy, a battle, a triumph, a thrill, a struggle and an adventure. They have been exciting, exhausting, exhilarating and emotional.   I wouldn’t change a single moment of it! I ♥ being mom to my little “Bug”.

5.  I am thankful for all my family.  My dad who is always there for his “little girl”.  (specifically today, since he’s coming over to fix our broken dryer!)  My step-mom who has been a great addition to our family.  My terrific big brother and my amazing sister-in-law who is the mother of my FOUR beautiful nieces and ONE adorable nephew + another one on the way!

6. Today I’m thankful for good in-laws.  They are hard to come by but my husband’s dad and step-mom are good to us and good to Bug.  For two straight seasons, they’ve been to every one of his soccer games except one.  They take us out to lunch after every game.  They drop everything and come over to babysit when we need them too and last night they treated us to a trip to the carnival.  They love their grandson and don’t mind the hour round-trip drive to come see him regularly and be a part of his life.

7.  I am thankful for my “day job” as a preschool teacher.  That I’m able to spend four mornings a week getting to be a kid!  Not many people get to go to work and “play” but I do.  I love children.  I love watching them learn and grow and laugh.

8.  I am thankful for my “nights and weekends job” – this blog!  I’m thankful that it has allowed me to fulfill a dream of not having to work 40 hours a week outside the home (2 years ago I cut back to 16 hours a week at my “day job” at the preschool).  I’m thankful that I’ve been able to take the last 2 summers off to spend with my so.  I’m thankful that working on Fridays is  no longer getting up at 6:30am and working from 7:30-5:30.  It’s now sitting on the couch in my pajamas and blogging while watching my son build his LEGO creations.

9.  I’m thankful for YOU!  (Yes, you!)  I am thankful for every person reading this right now.  You’re the reason this blog is successful!!

10. I am thankful for our home that Hubs and I were able to purchase shortly after we were married.  We are blessed to have a place to call home that is comfortable, affordable and ours.

11.  Veteran’s Day – you don’t have to look far to find something to be thankful for today!  I’m thankful for all veterans and active military for all they have done for our country.  We’re celebrating today by spending the day with our favorite veteran – my Dad.

12.   I am thankful that my husband has a good, steady, secure job.  After almost 2 years of job uncertainty and bouncing through a few jobs, finally, he found where he needs to be.

13.  Today I am thankful for sunshine and fall days.  It was a beautiful day.  :)

14. I am thankful for coupons!  And no, I’m not being silly.  Coupons have allowed me to carry my family through tight times, connect with other people, make new friends and be a better steward of the money God has blessed my family with.

15.  Today I am thankful for the little things that we so often take for granted.  A warm coat, decent shoes, clean clothes, running water, things that too many people don’t have.  A comfortable bed, a bathroom and a hot shower.  I really could go on.  I thought this morning as I was waking up, how many things I touch/use in the first 10 minutes after I get up each day that some people don’t have access too in their entire life.  Electricity that powers my alarm clock.  My cell phone that I reach for as soon as my feet it the floor.  Slippers, in case it’s cold when my feet hit that floor.  Remember the little things today.

16.  Today I am thankful for good health.  Bug had his 5 year check up yesterday and he is perfect.  None of us have any real health issues and other than his well-visit yesterday, Bug hasn’t been to the doctor all year!   We’ve all been remarkably well this year.  And for that I am thankful!

17. Today, I am thankful for my church.  I am thankful that I have the freedom to go to church.  I am thankful for a place to worship and a place that teaches my son, even as young as he is, the word of God.

18.  Today I am thankful to be able to give back through couponing.  Yesterday at church, we dropped off our NINE Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.  I shop all year long for these boxes so I spend very little.  I fill them with cheap or free items I find.  I let Bug help more this year.  We went to Dollar Tree and he got to pick out a stuffed animal for each box and balls for the boy boxes.  I took a lot of explaining (often repeating the same concepts over and over) for him to understand what we were doing.  It was hard for him to understand that kids around the world don’t have the same comforts, blessings and toys that he does.  And he thought all our boxes were going to one child.  I had to explain to him that the kids would only be getting ONE box and it would be the ONLY present they got for Christmas.  Bless his heart, he couldn’t understand why we couldn’t send bigger toys or more than one box to each child.  So thankful for his sweet, caring heart!  (I know, I know, that’s two thankfuls in one day….but if you’ve ever packed a shoebox for the OCC program, you’ll be reminded of LOTS of things you have to be thankful for!)

19.  Today I am thankful for friends.  I have had several conversations through out the day today with friends.  I’m thankful for each and every one of them.  The friends in my life come from so many different walks of life, I met them in many different ways and we’re all friends for different reasons.  Which is the way friendship should be.  Each friend you have, you have for a different reason.  They bring something to your life that you’re lacking and you contribute something to their life they are lacking.

20.  Today I am thankful for the privilege of living in America.  Despite our faults and the downward spiral the nation is taking, it’s still the greatest country to live in.  And I can only hope and pray that things will turn upward soon.

21.  Today I am thankful that the weekend is coming.  LOL

22. Today my thankful is geared towards OCC again.  This afternoon I volunteered at our church, which is a drop off site for OCC boxes.  I spent 2 hours unloading boxes that people dropped off and packing them in cartons to be loaded up and sent off to Atlanta to one of the distribution centers.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to help!  It’s a privilege to be a small part of this HUGE ministry.  And the thought that each one of the hundreds (literally, HUNDREDS) of boxes I had my hands on today will go all around the world to needy children.

23.  Today I am thankful (again) for good in laws.   (see #6)  I know I’m cheating by repeating myself but my in-laws took us to Toys R Us and let my little guy run amok picking toys for Christmas.  Then they went back through and loaded up a cart of what seemed like everything he said he wanted.  Christmas is going to be tight for us this year and this was such a blessing for them to be willing to “spoil” him like this.

24.  Today I am thankful for the magic of Christmas!  We took Bug to see Santa at Bass Pro Shops.  We rode the carousel, made a craft, and of course, got a picture with Santa.  Bug is SO excited.  It’s so fun to watch Christmas through the eyes of a child!

25.  Today I am thankful for free wi-fi at Chick-fil-A.  :)  Bug is playing and I’m working.

26.  Today I am thankful for a Christian environment to work in.  Today we had a special chapel service and a Thanksgiving feast for our students and their families.  It’s one of my favorite things at work every year, second only to Christmas party day.

27.  I am thankful for time with friends, for both me and Bug.  We had a play day at my best friend’s house and her son is Bug’s best friend too.  It was a good day.

28.  Today I am thankful for Thanksgiving!  For good food, family time and many, many blessings!

29.  Today I’m thankful for shopping!  I’m thankful to have the means to get out and purchase our (modest!) Christmas gifts in one big trip and be done so I can relax and enjoy the rest of the season without worrying about getting the perfect gift.

30.  Today I am thankful for memories, both past and those that are being made.  This is a time of year that I reflect a lot on the memories of my mom and what holidays were like when she was around.  And I treasure the memories I’m making with my son.  It’s a bittersweet time of year and I’m thankful I have the sweet memories to remember.

What are you thankful for today?

Leave a comment below telling us what you are thankful for.  At the end of the month I will randomly select one commenter to WIN a $10 Starbucks giftcard.

Please read carefully:
ONE Comment per person per day.  Duplicate comments will be deleted
You do not have to comment every day to qualify but each day is an extra entry.
Your comment is your entry.  You can comment every day for a total of 30 entries.   Please make your comments relevant to the post.  Post one thing you are thankful for.
U.S. entries only.
Post will be closed to new comments on 11:59pm cst 11/30/13.

Giveaway is not sponsored buy or affiliated with Starbucks.  I have personally purchased the prize for this giveaway.

Good luck!

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Candice November 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I am thankful for my wonderful family.

Amber sharp November 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I am thankful for my sweet boys!

Vickie November 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I am thankful for my two children and the amazing adults they have become.

Denise November 1, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I am thankful for my Son & his entire Company arriving home safely from Afghanistan!

Katie B November 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm

My family!

Katie B November 2, 2013 at 7:35 am

My health

judyyy November 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I am thankful for God’s mercy and grace.

Serena November 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I didn’t do yesterday’s, so here we go.
#1 thankful for my boys who can brighten my day with qa smile and all the silly things they do.

#2 my husband, who even though he may drive me crazy, loves me for who I am, and helps even when he doesn’t want to!

Katie B November 3, 2013 at 5:22 am

To be able to be a stay at home mom.

latanya November 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I am thankful for God

Amber sharp November 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I’m not thankful for my husband

MELISSA FELTON November 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I am thankful for the unconditional love of my parents and the beautiful relationship that we have!!

Pamela Wheeler November 4, 2013 at 2:45 am

I am thankful for my precious 5 year old female yorkie. Her name is HOPE. I am a single 70 year old woman and Hope has brought so much joy into my life since I bought her from a private breeder (she was 3 months old) right here in Las Vegas, Nevada. Words cannot express the love and devotion that I get from my little yorkie. Hope is such a faithful and a loyal companion and I must also add that she has me well trained, too!

Regina November 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

I am thankful for peace in my home.

Jane Ritz November 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

I’m thankful that the good Lord has allowed me to still be with my family.

Katie B November 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

I’m thankful for coffee!

Sherry Fowler November 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

I am thankful for my kids and my grandson Logan

allison November 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

I’m so thankful for my Emma! She is my world!

Candice November 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

I am thankful everyone in my family is healthy.

Amber sharp November 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

I am thankful for my mom!

Julie Wood November 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I am thankful for my son who is such a blessing to me. He hugs me every day!

Crystal November 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I’m thankful for my amazing friends!

Katie B November 5, 2013 at 6:16 am

My wonderful patents.

Julie Wood November 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

I am thankful that my Dad is still with me! He is 83 years old, and we have so much fun together.

patti w November 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

My family.

Sonja November 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

I am very thankful for Sundays & coupons!

Candice November 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I am thankful for my 3 dogs.

Crystal November 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I’m thankful for my car!

Katie B November 6, 2013 at 6:31 am

My dog, Dollar.

Julie Wood November 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

I am thankful for my health!

Candice November 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I am thankful to live in the United States.

Crystal November 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Today, I am very thankful for coffee!

Katie B November 7, 2013 at 6:31 am


Candice November 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

I am thankful for my wonderful friends.

Julie Wood November 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

I am thankful for my nice home!

chrissy mishler November 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Today, I am thankful for my dear uncle who passed away last night. I’m thankful he was able to be comfortable and pain free in his last moments on earth. I’m thankful for the 34 years that I was fortunate enough to have him in my life. He was such a caring, outgoing, funny man that I will miss dearly

Crystal November 7, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I’m thankful for the sweet kitty napping next to me!

Jennifer Garrison November 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Today I’m thankful for God’s faithfulness! He has provided a job!!!

tabitha November 7, 2013 at 7:16 pm


Katie B November 8, 2013 at 6:37 am

I’m thankful for my warm bed to sleep in.

Diana C November 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

I am thankful for my mother today. It is my birthday and I owe her so much in life, beginning with the gift of life.

Diana C

Julie Wood November 8, 2013 at 9:33 am

I am thankful today for my bills being paid this month. It sometimes is very hard to get everything paid.

Amber s November 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

I am thankful for my dad

Sybilla F. November 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

I am thankful for my daughter

Candice November 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I am thankful for my wonderful boyfriend.

Crystal November 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I’m thankful for internet access! :)

Katie B November 9, 2013 at 6:51 am

I’m thankful for my husband.

Julie Wood November 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I am thankful for my sister and her wonderful friendship!

Amber s November 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I am thankful for my sister.

Sarah Kl November 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

1. I am very thankful for my wonderful (divorced) parents, as they have always gotten along, unselfishly for my brother and me. (I’m 37, he’s 34 & they have been divorced since I was 8!) They are my biggest support system, including my brother as I am going through a difficult time in my marriage of 13 years.

2. I am thankful that my husband is still with me, even though we are experiencing very rough waters now. I pray daily that things will get better and for our marriage to heal. Lord Jesus, thank you for ALL that you have done in my life and what you know is best for my life and what is to come!!

Crystal November 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Today, I’m thankful for my library!

Katie B November 10, 2013 at 6:38 am

I’m thankful for Veterans. Especially my dad and my brother!

Julie Wood November 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Today I am thankful for my best friend Marcie!

Perla Guillen November 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

My babies

Mandy Kauffman November 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I am thankful to be moved into our new lovely home before the holidays! :)

Wendi November 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I am so thankful that God has blessed me with a wonderful husband and 3 sweet little boys!

Katie B November 11, 2013 at 6:31 am

I’m thankful for my friends.

LeeAnne November 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I am so very thankful for my husband and daughters, as well as my parents and all of my friends.

Julie Wood November 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I am thankful for helpful neighbors!

latanya November 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I am thankful for my job

Crystal November 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Today I’m thankful for podcasts! Gotta love free entertainment/education!

Katie B November 12, 2013 at 6:19 am

I am thankful for my grandparents.

Candice November 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

I am thankful I will be able to get together with family this holiday season.

Karen J November 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I am thankful for the safety of my loved ones back in the Philippines.

Toni Hutchison November 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Today I am thankful for my son who is becoming a stronger young man every day.

Julie Wood November 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I am thankful that I have enough food to eat. I gave to the food bank last week. It makes me sad when I hear about others not having enough food.

Crystal November 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I’m thankful that I was finally able to get 2 new tires for my car! I’ve been worried that one of them was about to blow for months! (It was missing a chunk of the rubber! No idea what happened!)

Katie B November 13, 2013 at 6:30 am

I’m thankful to be able to feed my family.

barbara apple November 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I am thankful for my husband. He works at 2 different fire stations so that I can finish school and stay home.

Crystal November 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Today I’m thankful for cheesy reality TV after a stressful day. :)

Katie B November 14, 2013 at 6:23 am

I am thankful for my DVR.

Candice November 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I am thankful I have a stable job.

Terri Durham November 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

On the first day of November, I posted that I am thankful that I have to sit and think of what to post. There are so many to choose from. Halfway thru the month and it is so easy to come up with things. So I’m thankful for my life!

jaun November 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Thankful to be in Florida with my 3 yr old grandson as we wait for the birth of his little brother.

Katie B November 15, 2013 at 6:37 am

Thankful we have 2 reliable vehicles.

Regina November 15, 2013 at 8:28 am

I am thankful for uplifting music.

Candice November 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I am thankful for my great boyfriend.

Katie B November 16, 2013 at 6:31 am

I’m thankful for coupons.

Julie Wood November 16, 2013 at 11:36 am

I am thankful for my loving dog and cat!

Katie B November 17, 2013 at 6:45 am

I am thankful for my healthy nephew who was born yesterday.

bianca roman November 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm

i am thankful for my health

latanya November 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I’m thankful for my health

Katie B November 18, 2013 at 6:33 am

I’m am thankful to have such a strong community. After the tornadoes that destroyed parts of my town yesterday it amazes me how many people come together and are anxious to help out any way they can. I’m thankful that my house still stands and my family is OK. I pray for the families that lost everything in a matter of minutes.

Candice November 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

I am thankful for my niece and nephew.

Julie Wood November 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I am thankful for my job!

Crystal November 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I’m thankful for my iPod! Love having great driving music!

Katie B November 19, 2013 at 6:32 am

I am thankful for electricity.

Candice November 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

I am thankful for my home.

Julie Wood November 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I am thankful for My nice and helpful boss!

Katie B November 20, 2013 at 6:41 am

I’m thankful my boys (4 &6) are willing to donate some of their clothes and toys to the tornado victims. My 1 yr old does not understand, but I’m sure he will follow in his brothers footsteps. #WashingtonStrong

Candice November 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

I am thankful for great parents.

Julie Wood November 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I am thankful for my Dad still being with me! He is 83.

Katie B November 21, 2013 at 6:33 am

I am thankful we are able to send our boys to private school.

Candice November 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I am thankful for my education.

Katie B November 22, 2013 at 6:28 am

I am thankful for digital cameras.

Julie Wood November 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I am thankful that I have most of my Christmas shopping done!

Maria B November 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I am thankful for my mom for everything she had done for me.

Angel Trapp November 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I am thankful for life and hope in Christ!

Crystal November 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I’m thankful for the super cute kitten asleep in my lap!

bianca roman November 23, 2013 at 6:05 am

i’m thankful for wireless internet :D

Katie B November 23, 2013 at 6:19 am

I am thankful for awesome neighbors.

Laurie November 23, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I am thankful for my 2 precious children!

Carolsue November 24, 2013 at 3:00 am

I am thankful for my kids.
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Katie B November 24, 2013 at 7:00 am

I am thankful for clean drinking water.

bianca roman November 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

i’m thankful for my job

Julie Wood November 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

I am thankful for the nice neighborhood that I live in!

Jessamine D. November 24, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I am very thankful for my family :)

Katie B November 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

I am thankful for Internet.

Laurie November 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I’m thankful my husband has a job :)

Carolsue November 26, 2013 at 4:50 am

I am thankful for my pets also!

Julie Wood November 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I am thankful that my brother’s open heart surgery was a success!

Katie B November 27, 2013 at 7:11 am

I am thankful for doctors.

Julie Wood November 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I am thankful to be going to my sister’s house for Thanksgiving this year!

Katie B November 28, 2013 at 7:13 am

I am thankful for technology.

Julie Wood November 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I am thankful for my wonderful dinner with my Family today!

Katie B November 29, 2013 at 6:44 am

I am thankful for firefighters.

jodi frasier/lasher November 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I am so thankful for my best friend Michelle. She has been there for me so much this past year and I dont know what i would of done without her. Thanks so much for the giveaway. If i win i will be taking my best friend out for coffee.

Katie B November 30, 2013 at 6:51 am

I am thankful that I live in the United States!

Sharayah November 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I am thankful for my husband and son

Michelle c November 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I am thankful for my family

Candie L November 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I am thankful for a job that helps me provide for my family. Thank you

maria Decker November 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I am thankful for my husband who works so hard to provide for us and my children who are the greatest gift from God

Michelle u November 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm


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