One Thousand Gifts (1-17)

Okay, I’ll admit it: I hate Thanksgiving dinner. The Pumpkin pie, the turkey and stuffing, the cranberry sauce. All of it.

I know. It sounds un-American, almost Scrooge-like, but honestly, I’d rather order pizza. My husband refuses, though, because he LURVES it. All of it. Right down to the giblets.

So every year he’s in charge of fixing the Thanksgiving feast. Since he enjoys both the menu and the culinary challenge of preparing it, who am I to stand in his way? Heck, I’m happy just to sit on the couch and watch the parade while he slaves away in the kitchen.

But this year I’m starting a new tradition, and I don’t mean cooking the colonial beans or asking for seconds of the yam puff. Nope, this year, I’m making a list, a Thanksgiving list, based on the book, One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp.

I read the book this summer, and it’s challenged me to look at my life through the lens of gratitude, to accept everything God gives, good or bad, as gracious gifts. The result? A life of limitless joy. Now that’s something I can sink my teeth into.

So, dear Internet, here’s my list. Join me every Monday as I count my way to one thousand (and feel free to add your own in the comments!).

1. God.

2. Jesus.

3. Love.

(Let’s just get those three out of the way right up front. I want extra points in Sunday School.)

Footie pajamas



Leaf-y Joy!



Science Experiment

4. Footie pajamas and the tiny people that wear them in this house.

5. Peacocks and snow angels.

6. Handwritten apologies accompanied by Milky Ways and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

7. Leaf-y joy!

8. Embers in the fireplace on a cold morning.

9. A long stretch of sunny days.

10. Friends who are as generous as they are creative. (Thank you, Jody Hayes, for the awesome new logo!)

11. Sunrises and barns on my Tuesday morning commute.

12. Doing schoolwork with a cat on my lap.

13. A husband who reads and wrestles and cuddles with kiddos at bedtime (and cooks Thanksgiving dinner).

14. The flu making its way through our family this weekend.

15. Science experiments that actually work.

16. Getting off with just a warning.

17. Stargazing walks through the neighborhood, finding Jupiter…

One Thousand Gifts


  1. Erin Richer says:

    This is one of the greatest Christian books ever authored. If you do not have it yet, get it and devour it. Megan, I started my list, but I love that you’re getting these precious pictures to go with it.

  2. I loved this book_ it has transformed my way of thinking.

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