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What Are You Grateful For?

Well, I haven’t posted yet this week (sorry!) but I am now.  This was a short work week for me in terms of my day job and my spare time, I confess, has been spent mostly in a Lionhead Studio universe.  Oh, and cooking sides for thanksgiving.  A big (belated) Happy Thanksgiving to you, my readers.  I hope the holiday season finds you in good health, warm shelter, and surrounded by people that you love.

Here in my corner of Missouri, they’re talking about snow on Sunday.  Snow. In November.  Looking around the neighborhood, I can tell who the ‘Jones’ are — they’re the ones who have all the Christmas lights up the day after Thanksgiving.  I spent yesterday tearing down all the Thanksgiving decor and this morning, pulling out the Christmas stuff to sort later.  I promise I’m going somewhere with this.

Thinking about Thanksgiving, I thought it’d be nice to resurrect a thread I began two years ago, a list of my favorite things. What are your favorite things?  What are you grateful for this time of year?  As my husband says, we can be grateful year-round, not just one day out of 365.  I’d love to hear from you, tell me about it.

In the meantime, here’s my list of gratitudes, circa 2011:

  1. Of course, my top thing is being grateful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Without Him, I would still be lost in darkness.  My life has been transformed and I am continually striving to show my gratitude for so great a gift as death, even death on a cross.
  2. My husband, Dennis. We’ve been married less than a year and he is so incredibly supportive of me, my writing and helping my dreams come true.  If you’re reading this Dennis, I love you dearly.  Thank you!
  3. Most people would put their family in their top 3.  Family. ‘Nuff said.
  4. 2011. Such an incredible year.  One for the books. I am grateful for all the nameless people who contributed to educational funds that enabled me, a late-bloomer, to return back to school and finish my degree this past May.
  5. I’m grateful for my lovely house that God provided (and all that comes with having shelter from the elements, food on the table, etc).  2011 was a year of dreams coming true for this Cinderella.
And finally, my list of favorite things from 2011:
  • cuddling up with a good book and a knit blanket
  • admiring the change of the seasons
  • spending time around old or rare books and enjoying the musty, dusty, leathery smell of the books
  • living in a historic community that celebrates life and family
  • the precision and measurement required in cooking and baking — it gives me a confidence boost each time I learn something new!
  • I love discovering new things growing in my yard this year that prior owners planted
  • unexpected small blessings, like a horse carriage passing by a coffee shop window while sipping a pumpkin latte
  • spending time with animals, ANY animals
  • borrowed swing sets
  • sorbet (yum!)
  • frozen pizza after a long day at work
  • that ONE favorite color that makes your day seem cheerier just by wearing it
  • and finally, my writing and the opportunity to create my own website and blog.

I look forward to the promise of 2012 and all the writing still to be produced.  I promise an update on my writing soon!  In the meantime, safe travels and peace to you all.

Happy Holidays!

This entry was posted in: Lifestyle


Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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