The things I am thankful for…

The things I am thankful for…

This time of year brings about a litany of comments from people about the things they are thankful for… and I’m about to add mine to the lists you see but I think it’s important to stop every once in a while and take stock…So here goes:

I’m thankful for…

♥ My family. For putting up with this craziness. For being patient when I’m scattered. For dealing with my not so great cooking. For being a little more forgiving when I’m on the computer longer than I should be. For loving me just the way I am.

♥Deep belly giggles and high pitch screams and accusations of “you love him/her more’ from my children. I know I much rather prefer one over the others but it doesn’t matter because I GET to hear them. I GET to be frustrated and full of love and overwhelmed by my three kids when I know so many others can’t/will never get the chance/no longer get the chance to. 

♥Getting lost in a book. Crawling inside the pages, losing myself in a world created by words, and forgetting that time is passing.

♥My readers. Man… you guys know how to make a girl feel special.

♥For words. Words are so powerful. I’m so thankful that I get the chance to use them on a daily basis. I’m thankful that I’m able to express myself with them. I’m thankful that my words touch people in different ways. Help them to relax. Help them to heal. Help them to remember. 

♥That I still blush when I have to read aloud any passage I write that contains the word “p*ssy” … Yes. Silly. But so very true. 

♥For chocolate. Because… well, chocolate.

♥For other authors. For this huge support network we’ve created amongst ourselves in this constantly changing publishing world.

♥For consistency. The world is so full of chaos that I thrive when things are consistent. (I have three kids under the age of 9….so consistency is a rarity but one I appreciate more and more with each passing day).

♥For Diet Coke… because coffee is nasty. (Don’t throw tomatoes at me for this one… because I don’t like tomatoes either. (and yes, my Italian mother doesn’t know how that happened either)).

♥For friends. For the ones I’m lucky enough to call that term. Trust isn’t something I give away easily. When I do, I value those who take it, hold it tight, and don’t ever try to damage it.

♥For hard work. For my parents teaching me that you only get out of life what you put into it. They led by example. They taught me that hard work pays off. To not complain about it because you’ll be the recipient of the blood, sweat, and tears in the end. It’s a lesson I hope to pass onto my kids. 

♥For Colton and Rylee. It’s amazing how those two fictional people have changed my world.

♥For compassion. I think we often forget how a little compassion can go a loooooonnnggg way in making someone else feel better. Pay it forward. 

♥For the warm California sun. I know some days I complain it’s hot but right now it’s warm when so many other places are cold.

♥For music. For lyrics. For making them the soundtracks to our lives.

♥For time. Isn’t that all we ever want more of when it runs out? So I’m especially thankful for time. 

I could keep going… I’m thankful for so many things…but I’m sure I’ll bore you so I’ll leave my list at that…I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving with your family and/or friends or characters of a book.

What one thing are you most thankful for?


  1. My list is very similar to yours!!! Thank you for your amazing books!

  2. I am soooo thankful for my family (for too many reasons to type here) and my friends (who make life so much better and whom I absolutely couldn’t live without)I am also thankful for for all my fave authors (YOU being one of them!) for taking me out of the humdrum of everyday and allowing me to escape into the awesome imaginations of the talented creators whom I also call friends 😉 That’s just a few of the many, many things I am thankful for…here’s hoping that you have an amazing and wonderful holiday season (starting with Thanksgiving) <3

  3. My list is long as well…but mostly thankful for my family and very few close friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and just keep doing you! ❤❤

  4. Im thankful to be the only Girl/Diva in my house of 3 boys and husband! It makes having “girl moments” all mine! And very thankful to have rediscovered my Love of reading a few years ago which of course brought me to your INSANELY WONDERFUL books😉 And thankful for Rylee and Colton too and all my other fictional friends and BB’s in my head!!

  5. ❤️ Happy Thanksgiving

  6. Beautiful list! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I am thankful they share you with us♠️❤️

  7. My 2 loving and compassionate children. Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. That was beautiful Kristy, thank you!

    I'm thankful for my family, my dog and my friends and I am so very thankful that I found a great group of new friends, all because of the love of your books. We are now so very close and talk daily. My life is so much more enriched having them be a part of it. <3

  9. Happy thanksgiving to u and ur family !!

  10. I’m so very thankful for the imaginations that my favorite authors have. Without every freaking one I wouldn’t have a place to escape to.

  11. Thankful for you! You don't know how you have rocked my world! Your books was after the Fifty Shades of Grey craziness… and now I say to people… if you like them… you'll LOVE these!!

    So thanks for the great places you take me… and the places your going to take me in the future… GOD BLESS!

  12. Said with prefection as usual …. You goddess … Thank you for your gift that you give us everytime you write … I am faling in love with Tanner right now – cheating on Colton.
    Thankful for so much as well this year … Great husband – who takes his wife to a book signing to meet you and had a great time … great kid… Fantastic frineds and FB book friends – a good life right now.
    Meeting you was simply amazing – the highlight of my year!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  13. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I am most thankful for my family, and books…yeah books, oh and the ability to read them.

  14. I am thankful for my family and thankful for authors like you who have given me my love of reading back. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family ♥

  15. I'm mostly thankful for the life that I have. It may not be super luxurious and perfect to most, but it's MY life. It's perfect for me. I'm content in what my family and I have, the time that we have together, and the love that we share for each other. Nothing can beat it.

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