Saturday, April 23, 2016

Blogging Buffet: T is for Ten Things of Thankful

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on

Saturday, June 8, 2013.  

Sunday Musings of the Spirit (on Saturday): Two Ten Things of Thankful Lists

A few days ago, I learned about a great blog hop--Ten Things of Thankful--from my friend over at A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall.  I knew I just had to participate.  I mean, how could I be Thankful Me and not join in? 

Ten Things of Thankful

As I was thinking about what I would write, though, I realized that I could either write a heavy, bare-my-soul post, or I could write about lighter things that make me smile.  Indecisive me couldn't choose, so I'm writing two list. 


List #1 (Deep):


I'm thankful for:

1.  A literal Heavenly Father who loves me.

2.  The chance to be here on earth and be blessed with a physical body. 

3.  A plan of happiness that allows us the opportunity to return to live with our Heavenly Father.

4.  Jesus Christ, who is central to that plan.  He willingly came to earth, took upon Himself the sins, pains, and sicknesses of the world, all because He loves us and loves the Father. 

5.  My parents and siblings, who taught me what family life is all about. 

6.  My husband and children, who also taught me what family life is all about.  

7.  My extended family--those who came before me, and those who have been married or born into the family, or are yet to join us.

8.  Temples, which allow families to be forever, and not just "until death do us part."

9.  Being able to receive guidance, direction, and comfort from the promptings of the Holy Ghost. 

10.  Friends, old and new.


List #2 (Light):

I'm thankful for:

1. Lilacs.

2.  Old houses.

3.  Raspberries.

4.  Dogs.

5.  Libraries.

6.  Disneyland.

7.  Bagpipes.  (Apparently this is an odd thing to be thankful for, as I've had 2 comments so far asking me what prompted me to put bagpipes on the list.  In a stream-of-consciousness way, this is what happened:    I started by thinking I needed to add something musical to my list.  I love folk music, but that is a broad category, and then bagpipes popped into mind.  I've always loved the sound of bagpipes.  I loved going to parades and hearing the bagpipes approaching.  When I was about 11 or 12, I wanted to learn to play them, but that never panned out.  No one in my family plays bagpipes, but my brother did attend a Highland Games festival recently, and had mentioned the bagpipes, so I guess I had bagpipes on the brain.  

8.  Chickens.

9.  Sleep.

10.  Picket fences.  




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Thanks for all of those things, and more!

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20 comments:

  1. lovely list - or lovely lists.

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  2. What I love about looking back at old gratitude lists is finding what remains constant in life. I know a lot of your constants are represented right here. Nice!

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    1. That's a nice way of looking at it. You're right, though--by looking back, we can see patterns.

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  3. Cool, Kristi. Is this your very first Ten Thing of Thankful post? I love the two lists. The first one is the same for every day eternally, and the second is a day to day awareness of the things around us.

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  4. "hey Mr Peabody! the Way-Back Machine has really outdone itself this time!"
    "Quiet, Sherman"*

    Fun... was thinking of first TToT Post this week too, for some reason
    *dated cultural reference, (where it not for the internet and nickelodeon, I'd have said, ask your mother... but everyone has access to (nearly) everything with the internet
    great show, though

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    1. How sweet of you to think I was too young to remember Rocky and Bullwinkle.

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  5. great old post... and as an aside I used to play bagpipes in a marching band... really... I dont think I could do it any longer... takes a lot of wind!

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  6. Congrats on your 1,000 blog post. That's quite an accomplishment. It's always great to revisit things we are thankful for.

    @WeekendsinMaine
    Weekends in Maine

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    1. The Ten Things of Thankful blog hop happens every weekend; you're welcome to join us!

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  7. Ah, I love your throwback here! I'm sadly unable to keep up with all of you A to Zers this month, but keep on going!

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    1. If it weren't for the fact I'm recycling posts, I don't think I could have participated this year, either.

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    1. They just make me smile. They usually surround old (for the US) houses, and evoke for me a feeling of cozy warmth--of home.

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  9. What great lists!

    And raspberries - yes! Can never have too many of them.

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  10. I love both your lists but I don't ever remember one of your 10 thankfuls not ending with John!

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!