Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Kramer house.


As you read this I am up baking and cooking for the hungry crew.

There are so many things that I am thankful for.  Most of the things are small and simple to some people but for me it’s a lot.  In November, in the past, I’ve wrote something each day that I am thankful for.  This year I decided to do it differently and list them all on Thanksgiving day.  Here’s my compiled list….

1-I am thankful I was born into a farm family to parents who loved me and wanted me.
2-I am thankful that I was raised in a family where learning was important.
3- I am thankful that I was allowed to grow and be whatever I wanted and was loved regardless of my choice.
4-I am thankful for growing up with animals.  I learned so much from them.
5-I am thankful for having the privilege of going to college.
6-I am thankful that my parents left a life time impression on my heart.
7-I am thankful that I had siblings…even though I had a couple that really liked to pick on me.  I’m glad I was the youngest too.  My parents were more relaxed with me.
8-I am thankful that I have a religious compass.
9-I am thankful that I met and married a guy I still love almost 30 years later.
10-I am thankful that the guy I married and I were blessed with 5 kids that I am so proud of.  I try really hard not to make them my “life” because they don’t need that pressure…but they are.
11-I loved Minnesota but I am thankful I like in Iowa (even more thankful it was America) in this small town with the wonderful people who have become our friends.
12-I am thankful for my extended family.  My siblings have had some great kids and I’m happy to call many of them my friends.
13-I am thankful for my mother and father in law.  They were a big part of making my Hubby who he is…and I love that part.  They were always kind and welcoming to me.  They still loved and respected me even when I didn’t feel that from others.
14-I am thankful for all the bumps we had in the road.  They made us stronger as a person and as a family.
15-I am thankful that all those years ago Hubby took EMT classes.  I will always believe he saved Kelli’s life.
16-I am thankful for my children’s spouses.  I know what you put up with…the good and the bad.
17-I am thankful that Hubby agreed that I could get a house dog.  Gracie and Ruby have been the best.
18-I am thankful for a house I love….and the ability to make the payment on it.
19-I am thankful for books.  I’d be lost without them…especially audio books.
20-I am thankful that I can cook..and bake.
21-I am thankful that Hubby is a homebody and workaholic.  It matches me.
22-I am thankful that my children have become my friends yet know I am still the mom and can pull that trump card if warranted.
23-I am thankful for my work…which for me is actually play because I love all my jobs.
24-I am thankful for my childcare families past and present.  There is no greater honor than being entrusted to take care of their kiddos.
25-I am thankful that I am creative and NEVER bored.
26-I am thankful for the luxuries I have from the basics of fresh water and indoor plumbing to food on the table to the true luxuries of being able to cut perfectly good fabric into small pieces and sewing them together.  I don’t need another quilt but I sure am blessed with money to buy the supplies to make more.
27-I am thankful that I live a life that I can choose.  So many can’t enjoy that.
28-I am thankful for my health.
29-I am thankful that I am loved unconditionally by people who matter to me.
30-I am thankful that so many of you open your computer, tablet or phone and come here to read the blog.  So many of you become my friends and people that I care about.  I get such sweet notes from my “best friend” Connie…I get texts from Nell…packages from Ila…email from Michelle…and notes, well wishes and happy thoughts for so-so many of you.  Thank you for letting me into your life and making the blog part of your day.  It means so much to me to that you do that.  I have never in my life felt like I had so many friends…you all are the best and I hope to meet many more of you.

10 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving

  1. Connie

    Good Morning!!! Happy Thanksgiving Jo and family!! I am making Scalloped Corn to take to my mother in laws. Thankful for family and friends. What more do we need? Love stopping by and seeing what is happening at your house. Big hugs, to you! Very Thankful to be your Best Friend! P.S. eat the pie first!!! bahahahaha

  2. Dotti

    Blessings to you and your family on this Thanksgiving Day. Your list is awesome. And there is such much more. Your blog is a blessing, a guide, a teaching forum, a dog appreciation site, a picture of rural life and a just a joy to be able to share. And I really love the way you love your hubby. It is the basis of family life. With gratitude, Dotti

  3. Jean Tanner

    Jo, Thank you for sharing your list. It’s all the little things many take for granted. I think of the people in third world countries that have to struggle just for one meal a day and precious water. That’s why I’m making quilts and pillowcase dresses for Haiti children that go with the mission teams from our church.

  4. PattiLynn

    My Thankful List is a long one.

    I’d like to add you and your wonderful blog to the list of things I appreciate everyday. Thank YOU for sharing yourself with US!

  5. Lesley Gilbert

    What a long and wonderful list of ‘thanks’ – it was a pleasure to read it all. You inspire me every day with all the things you do in your daily life. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  6. Girl in the Stix

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for your blog–I don’t comment much, but I read it every day. Hope you and your family have a bountiful feast.

  7. Jan A.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and thanks for being and sharing exactly who you are!! May you continue to be blessed.

  8. Mary

    I read your blog post on the things y are thankful for and I can tell y that it’s a lovely end to ,y Thanksgiving. Thank you for being real, sharing your life, quilts, and the kiddies with me/us. If I ever get to Iowa, I will email ahead of time and see if we can meet for iced tea or coffee or chocolate. Please do the same if you ever travel to southern CA. I am blessed to have been given my love of quilting as I have met so many wondeful people who also have the same love. Thank you lots!

  9. Ana

    I’ve been following your blog -and enjoying it- for a while now. Here in Spain we do not celebrate Thanksgiving, but I’ve wished my American friends a happy thanksgiving. I’ve read your list of thanks and, having many things in commonn with your life (not the farming part, though) I was touched, and have made your thanks part of mine. I feel it is important to stop awhile and reflect on what we have and do. Thank you for your blog and its contribution to my life.

  10. Elizabeth McDonald

    Ohh, what a great list, Jo! I read every word. I wish you the same blessings, and more, in the next year! Thank you for writing your blog, which gives so many of us so much pleasure!

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