i didn’t do the facebook thankful every day thing because i’m more of a do it all at once kind of girl. here goes. 


THIRTY SHADES OF THANKFUL (in no particular order)

1. I’m thankful for bright colors. Dishes, spatulas, pen ink, clothing and people are so much more interesting when they are bright and friendly looking. 

2. i’m thankful for indoor plumbing. It’s cold enough with a tile floor in the bathroom sometimes… I can’t imagine having to go outside to use the loo in the middle of winter. 

3. I’m thankful for Dairy Queen’s happy hour(s) from 2-4. I don’t take advantage of it often, but sometimes a milkshake or smoothie at half price is just what I need to keep keepin’ on with my day. (Sonic would be better but to whine about not having one close wouldn’t be very thankful, would it?)

4. I’m thankful for pretty toenails even if I almost kick the person at the pedicure place every time they scrub the bottom of the foot with that silly callous remover scrubber deal. 

5. I’m thankful for Steve. You knew that he would make the list. I like knowing there’s someone next to me who is full of love and grace and humor. All are necessary for a relationship. 

6. I’m thankful for Anne Lamott joining twitter this year. She tweets about snakes and dressage horses and wanting to yell at the man next to her on the plane “We all hate you!” I wish I was sitting by her on a plane so I could yell “We all love you, Anne!”

7. I’m thankful for the wisdom and support that fellowship at a church brings me on a regular basis. Some of the tenderest most loving hearts belong to Presbyterians in Cherokee, Iowa and I’m just glad I get to do things with them like play games and laugh about turkey butt juice. 

8. I’m thankful for my niece. Some days I get sad about the hate and paranoia in the world and then I remember that Izzie doesn’t know those words yet. Knowing someone so pure and special exists makes me smile. (Soon Miles the dog will teach her about paranoia. That day will be sad.)

9. I’m thankful for the Denver Broncos… every single one of the coaches, players and executives. They give me something to cheer for and an outlet for yelling. (Dammit Decker!)

10. I’m thankful Tim Tebow played for my favorite football team so I could learn more about him as a person and be inspired by his life. 

11. I’m thankful that my brother never played for my favorite football team. Those guys get the crap beat out of them and I love my brother– I would hate to have him hurt. The kind of hurt he gets in ministry is brutal enough. 

12. I’m thankful for a sister-in-law that will go see Twilight late at night with me when sleep is precious and she had to skip it to hang out with me. I’m also thankful for a peaceful movie experience. Aurora still weighs on my heart. 

13. I’m thankful for my grandma’s toenails. They’re a little scary but she trusts me to cut them and somehow we bond over something silly like toenail cutting. 

14. I’m thankful for good in-laws. I married into this amazing family of people I’ll get to know more and more over the next several decades. I’m looking forward to it. 

15. I’m thankful for turkey bags. I don’t know that I have the desire or discipline to baste a turkey. The bag thing can totally work. 

16. I’m thankful for chocolate. 

17. I’m thankful for the song lyrics by Adam Duritz. I keep thinking I’m over Counting Crows and then I’ll hear a song and be blown away all over again. I hope Adam and the guys have a good thanksgiving wherever they are. 

18. I’m thankful for twitter friends. The world has these bizarre little pockets of like-minded, like-humored and like-hearted people and twitter keeps me sane by serving as one of those.

19. I’m thankful that Mom doesn’t love turkey but is willing to humor me by promising to eat the one I cook tomorrow. 

20. I’m thankful for my friend Diane who is willing to come pull out turkey innards if I end up freaking out too much and not being brave enough to yank them out. 

21. I’m thankful for candles. They make the world a warmer place. 

22. I’m thankful for Barack Obama and his “not impressed” face. It made me giggle. I love the President. 

23. I’m thankful for my sister. She turns 16 this week which is crazy but so cool. She’s my favorite teenager on the planet and I know so many awesome teenagers. 

24. I’m thankful that it’s a Triennium year. It’s time to gather with teenagers and adults who care about them and worship God together at Purdue. 

25. I’m thankful for my dad. He always gives me permission to just be me. That’s more comforting than you know. 

26. I’m thankful for family. I know that’s cheesy and expected but if you knew my cousins on both sides and the aunts, uncles and grandparents that I’ve grown up around, you’d get it. we’re wildly different but I love them all. 

27. I’m thankful for books. Okay, really I’m thankful for stories. Stories are my favorite. 

28. I’m thankful that it’s almost time for me to start quoting Elf with merciless abandon. “Buddy the Elf here. What’s your favorite color?”

29. I’m thankful for Cheerwine. It’s so cheery. And red. And bubbly. And I love it.l 

30. I’m thankful that you took time to read this. I hope your Thanksgiving is delightful. 🙂

About SaraBSutter

I serve as the pastor of United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield, Iowa. My husband Steve and I are excited to be in a friendly small town and look forward to the years ahead. In addition to nerdy church stuff, I love reading books, writing, good coffee, cats, and football.

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