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Coffee and Conversation #119 – A List of Thankfuls

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #119…

Pat will be taking some time off this month to work on a few projects for the New Year (yup, it’s getting to be ‘that’ time already!). Lucky for us, however, we have some terrific friends who will be standing in the gap…

To that end, this month we’ll be featuring some wonderful guest bloggers each week on Coffee and Conversation!




Good Morning! It’s mid-November, but you may not panic. Here’s why: Fall is for Giving Thanks (no matter what) and I’m doing a Giveaway today just for you! Thank you, Pat and Candy, for letting me host your amazing Link Party this week. I’m Sue Moore Donaldson from WelcomeHeart.com and I’m so glad you’re here.

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November helps me remember to be thankful—or it SHOULD remind me to be thankful. HOWEVER, there’s nothing magic about a month if I feel down in the mouth, out of sorts, grumpy and grungy, and planning a pity party with puny, pouty, and pathetic on the guest list.

What can help cultivate a grateful heart when your husband takes a wall out of the family room the day before your daughter’s 18th birthday BBQ with 30 high school kids on their way over? (Oh, that was my husband.)

So I made a list. A thankful list. That day it read like this:


Thank you that the remodel is progressing.

Thank You that I didn’t yell (too much.)

Thank you that Melissa said she can help me with the BBQ.

Thank you that the house will be warm because so many kids are coming—yea!

Thank you they feel welcome in our home.

Thank you that some day the remodel will be finished, but if not, You’re getting my real house ready and that’s what matters. Amen.

Do you need to make a list of thankfuls?

Why write a list?

Here’s why: there’s something almost visceral that connects our hearts and minds and hands. Writing brings our heads to our hearts and lifts them up where they need to be: before the face of God. (And sometimes in the lap of God.)

Either way, writing reminds us: God is good and loves me and will make all things turn out for my good and my family’s good and His glory.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pillow Giveaway!And when we write our thankful list AND share it with a friend, it helps them be thankful, too. Thus, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pillows was created.

Share in the comments below one reason you are thankful TODAY and your name will be entered to receive a darling handmade Gratitude Pillow and custom Journal** where you list your thankfuls, hang your pillow–and, in two weeks send it on its travels to a friend or relative. Who knows where it will end up? What matters is that you will be thankful woman.

** Winners will be chosen from email addresses left in the comments by random.org at 8:00 EDT on Tuesday, Nov 15 and notified via email.



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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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25 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #119 – A List of Thankfuls

  1. Leigh Ellen November 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    My husband might be the hardest person on my Christmas lift to buy a gift for. Today, I prayed a simple prayer for God to “show me something I can get J for Christmas.” The VERY next store I went to the *perfect* gift presented itself. I’m just too excited and incredibly thankful!! God answered the prayer in a way and time that I never really thought he’d do!

  2. Maya R November 10, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    I am thankful to god for giving me the most special gift of life, My husband. I am thankful to my husband for loving me and supporting me in my tough times. I am obliged to have him in my life.

  3. Betty November 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    I am thankful for family. God has sustained my family through many obstacles including Cancer of several family members young and old. I am very thankful to God.
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  4. Deborah Davis November 10, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    I am thankful each morning when I wake up healthy and able to do what I need to do for loved ones and others. I am so thankful for my precious family and friends.
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  5. Journa Ramirez November 10, 2016 at 2:25 am #

    Thanks for giving us the chance to link-up and share our ideas this week! -Journa from http://www.lollyjane.com

  6. Robbin November 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    Thankful for my grandson who continues to amaze me with his memory, how he puts together sentences, his imagination and how he mimics videos with his own shows…at two years old. Just wish I could record him doing those shows. Haha

  7. Casey Capra November 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    This is a really encouraging reminder… I feel like I get so salty about life when I’m not thankful! I’m going to start making lists more often.
    My husband just got a new job that has made scheduling and school (for both of us) difficult, but, similarly to your list that you made (being thankful for the remodeling) I need to be thankful that he has a job. And it was an answer to prayer!
    So I’m thankful that my husband has a job:)

    Thanks for the encouragement!
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    • Sue Donaldson November 9, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

      Bless you! it’s not easy, I can tell. may God give you the strength you need – I parented alone a lot when the kids were little – (and lived to sort of remember it!) – hoping you have a good group of girlfriends to love and support you. and glad for the job as well. sue
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  8. MRS MILLER November 9, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    I am thankful for our nice warm home and my hard working husband 😀

  9. Beth November 9, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    I was just saying to a friend yesterday that I really want to work on gratitude, so this is a great reminder for me, Sue. I used to make a daily habit of listing what I was thankful for in my prayers but have gotten away from that lately, but will return to it today! Thanks also to Pat and Candy for the linkup!

  10. Marilyn Lesniak November 9, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    Thank you for hosting. Have a calm day! See you next week.

  11. Elizabeth Spencer November 9, 2016 at 7:31 am #

    Hi, Sue! I LOVE the idea and practice of a “list of thankfuls”! Just yesterday in Bible study, we focused on how being thankful activates the shoes of peace in our armor of God. This morning, I am thankful that no matter who is in the White House, God Almighty is, always has been, and always will be on His eternal throne! Thanks for being a guest hostess with the mostess here at Coffee & Conversation! 🙂
    Elizabeth Spencer recently posted…Five People to Thank TodayMy Profile

  12. Mother of 3 November 9, 2016 at 7:22 am #

    Today I am Thankful that I got to sleep for a full 8 hours last night.
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  13. Deb Reno November 9, 2016 at 3:12 am #

    Well said, Ms. Sue! It’s SO WEIRD how choosing a grateful heart can seem to change things…..sort of like a little miracle!

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