Since this is a time of year when we are reminded of our many blessings, I thought I would take a stab at listing the ABCs of the things I am thankful for. This list will include mostly the people in my life.
A: Abby - Thank you for your example of righteousness and your willingness to try new things.
Andrea - Thank you for making Joe happy and for your great sense of humor.
Addie - Thank you for your keen sense of curiosity.
Afton -Thank you for joining in in all the family fun and for being a sweet princess.
B: Ben - Thank you for your example of persistence and for sharing your creativity with us.
Brynn - Thank you for your smile and for your desire to choose the right.
Brigg - Thank you for your sensitive spirit and the reminder of my little Hannah when I look in your eyes.
C: Caleb - Thank you for being such a good friend to all and for your excellent example to them.
CJ - Thank you for your emails and for you willingness to help with Xander and Mia and Zoey
D: Dodge - Thank you for loving your mom and for your happy disposition.
E: Elizabeth - Besty, I already had 3 B names so I went with Elizabeth for you. Thank you for your adventurous spirit and I am grateful that you survived that crash long ago.
Ellie - Thank you for your sweet serenades in the morning.
F: Football - Go Cougars!
G: Golf - I don't play much, but I am thankful when I can get together with my sons and sons in law for a best-ball scramble.
H: Hannah - Thank you for your ability to organize and be on top of things.
I: India - Thank you for your warm smile.
J: Joe - Thank you for being my fix-it consultant. As long as I can remember, you have been helping me with my projects. I am grateful that you survived that crash long ago.
Jess - Jess Dog! You are the man. Next time you visit, let's pull out another tooth. Thank you for your help with my projects. You are a lot like your dad.
Jared - Thank you for your fun spirit. I love hanging out with you.
K: Kathy - Thank you for your constant companionship, for believing in me, for helping me be better. You are the love of my life.
Kendall - Good job on that MBA! Thanks for making Hannah happy and thanks for those sweet boys.
Kameron - Thank you for always being ready and able to help me with so many things. Thanks for loving Abby and treating her so well.
Kaitlyn - I am grateful that you are so talented and smart.
L: Luke - I am grateful for your unique personality. Thank you for being obedient.
Lea - I have heard recordings of your giggling. I'm thankful that you are happy.
M: Mia - I'm thankful that you have a vivid imagination.
Mira - I'm thankful for your happy face and smiling eyes.
N: Nathan - I'm thankful that you are such a fun little boy who likes to throw things.
O: Olivia (Livy) - I used Olivia instead of Livy because I needed a good O word and you certainly are good. I'm grateful that you are so talented and fearless.
P: Parents - I am thankful for parents who have helped me all of my life. Thanks for the support.
Porter - I love your name. I'm thankful that you love life so much.
Q: Quiet - I'm thankful for quiet. We are watching Luke and Brigg and they are in bed and it is quiet.
R: Russell: I'm thankful that you are such a good husband and father. And I love you even though you always cheat so Betsy can win at family games. Thanks for your example of family service.
Reid - I'm thankful that you are such a fun person. When you get that look in your eye I know something mischievous is about to happen.
S: Sarah - Thank you for staying in close contact. Even though you live far away, you remain in our lives via the phone or internet.
Scott - Thanks for providing for Sarah and the kids. Thanks for being a fun person. Thanks for your example of service.
Sam - I am thankful that you are such a good big brother and such a good conversationalist.
T: Toyota - I couldn't think of a better T word. We have had one or more Toyotas since 1986. They are good cars.
U: Ukulele - I am grateful that Caleb can play a ukulele and that Joe can make one.
V: Valerie - Thanks for your positive attitude, your great skill at taking pictures, and your excellence in mothering.
W: Waffles - Nothing like an Eggo Waffle for breakfast.
X: Xander - Hey X-man! I'm thankful that you are a good brother and are so helpful.
Y: Yogurt - Pretty lame. I can't think of any other Y word. I do like Yoplait Yogurt.
Z: Zoey - I'm thankful for your funny dances. You go girl!