Posted by: Emily Schmutz Garcia | December 17, 2011

100 Things I’m Grateful For.

In the December issue of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ magazine, The Ensign, an apostle of the Lord invited the Youth of the church to make a list of their blessings. I decided that I am still relatively young and so should make a list. He gave 10 helpful prompts to make the process easier. Here we go…

*Write 10 physical abilities you are grateful for.

1. Sight-I love looking at the beauties of the Earth from trees to the ocean.
2. Hearing-I love the sound of the ocean and beautiful music.
3. Taste-oh how I love yummy tasting treats!
4. Walking-It has been more of a struggle lately, but I love walking.
5. Smiling-Thanks Mom and Dad for paying for my orthodontia and Thanks Dr. Rynearson for straightening my smile.
6. Toes-Especially when they are being given a pedicure.
7. Fingers-Excellent tools for scratching and pushing buttons on the remote control.
8. My mother’s fat deposits-I’m grateful for my booty!
9. Fruitful Loins-I’m grateful to be carrying Dobby this Christmas.
10. A Handsome Husband-for all the physical aspects!

*Write 10 material possessions you are grateful for.

1. Christmas Trees-My lovely, fake, trees that light up my kitchen and living room
2. Blankets-Warm and fuzzy blankets on cold, winter nights.
3. A lovely apartment-a perfect first home for Dobby.
4. Couches-Comfy places to sit and chat or take naps on.
5. Shoes! Shoes! and more Shoes!
6. Clothes-Comfy pregnancy clothes these days.
7. David’s job-it is so lovely not to have to work.
8. A refrigerator-The tool that keeps so many delicious things good for long periods of time.
9. Baby Stuff-Cribs, Pack’n’plays, changing tables, rocking chairs, breast feeding pillows, etc.
10. Pictures-I love looking at pictures of loved ones and wonderful memories.

*Write 10 living people you are grateful for.

1. My Handsome Husband, David!
2. Our Baby, who is currently living in my belly, but still living.
3/4. My Mom and Dad
5/6. My Sister and Brother-in-law
7/8. My parents-in-law
9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17. Granny, Grandaddy, Jon, Debra, Elaine, Karen, Brandon, Jacob & Stephen

*Write 10 deceased people you are grateful for.

1. Great Grandpa Donald Schmutz-Thanks for sicking the missionaries on my parents.
2. Grandma Elaine
3. Susan Quintero-For Henry V and a trip to Amsterdam
4. Grandma Shirlevon-For the marvelous stories my mom tells about her mom.
5. Joseph Smith, Jr.-The Prophet of the Restoration.
6. President Gordon B. Hinkley- The prophet of my youth.
7. Gumps-for my inability to tell jokes, but thorough enjoyment of them all the same.
8. Sister Bowden-for housing us missionaries despite old age and little space.
9. K.T. Renville-for being responsible for the two dates I went on at BYU.
10. Captain George Cannon-for being the horrible, horrible man that I am related to.

*Write 10 things about nature you are grateful for.

1. Trees-Beautiful Fall leaves
2. The Ocean-My home, sweet home
3. Winding paths-Excellent places to walk
4. The Mountains-all the wonderful hikes I would go on with my dad through various mountains
5. White Tigers-Albus’ ancestors
6. Waterfalls-From Costa Rica to Washington
7. Sandy Beaches-Love feeling the sand between my toes
8. Cows-Mainly for dairy products and beef
9. Cats-Prince Albus Striped Tiger
10. Chickens-Yummy eggs and yummy sandwiches

*Write 10 things about today you are grateful for.

1. For it being Saturday, a day when my Hubby is home
2. For the ward Christmas party
3. For my mommy coming down to entertain and distract me while we wait for Dobby’s arrival
4. For something productive to do at 3 in the morning when sleep is no longer an option
5. For it being cold enough outside to warrant having the heater on, despite being a temporary oven
6. For the opportunity to stay in bed late in the morning with my Handsome Husband
7. For computers that allow me to type things now and edit later
8. For pillows
9. For Christmas music
10. For Granny Great’s baby blanket for Dobby

*Write 10 places on earth you are grateful for.

1. Costa Rica-Best Honeymoon Ever!
2. Leeds, England-Best Mission Ever!
3. Bolton Abbey-the prettiest place ever
4. The Isle of Mann-A marvelous heritage
5. Vesinet, Paris, France-A marvelous park-town/suburb of Paris
6. Rome, Italy-A place to fall in love with
7. Texas-my Handsome Husband’s home
8. Corona del Mar Beach-Sight of my parent’s first date and where my Handsome Husband proposed to me
9. Santa Ana, CA-The best place to live in 2011
10. Moreno Valley, CA-An excellent place to grow up (in the 90s)

*Write 10 modern inventions you are grateful for.

1. Modern medicine-tylenol, ibuprofen, epidurals, etc.
2. Cell phones-so nice to be able to communicate so easily
3. The Internet-Hooray for looking up answers to questions without Encyclopedias
4. Electricity-Again, being able to be productive at 3 in the morning when sleep has failed me
5. Airplanes-Making a 20+ hour drive to Texas a 4-5 hour trip
6. Cars-The wonders of modern transportation
7. Toasters-Yummy, warm pumpkin bagels
8. Microwaves-The object that has saved me from starving many, many times
9. Ovens-(I’m beginning to think it might be time for a morning snack with all the food references) Making yummy food fast
10. Projectors-Helping me not go blind from looking at tiny images

*Write 10 foods you are grateful for.

1. My mommy’s sour cream enchiladas
2. My sister’s pumpkin cake
3. My mother-in-law’s rolls
4. Granny’s farm fresh eggs
5. L&T’s great Caesar wrap with cheddar cheese and ranch dressing
6. Red Velvet Cupcake Frozen Yogurt
7. Peppermint Ice Cream
8. Black Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
9. My dad’s Caesar salad, especially the croutons
10. My father-in-law’s steak

*Write 10 things about the gospel you are grateful for.

1. The Book of Mormon-Best book ever!
2. Families can be together forever
3. Great values
4. Service opportunities
5. Cub Scouts
6. Priesthood blessings
7. The Priesthood-the power of God on the Earth
8. Relief Society-Most awesome organization of women ever!
9. Primary-excellent learning opportunities for children
10. Hymns-“My soul delighteth in the song of the heart (D&C 25:12)”

Now it’s your turn! What are you grateful for? Cheers!



  1. I loved reading this and I love YOU, dear cousin! Hugs to you, David & little Dobby 🙂

  2. Mush Dear – We are so glad about Dobby! This is a wonderful thing to do. Bravo! it will be something to look back on and write revisions in the future, but never lose this page! Mums

  3. I’m home from church and working on my inbox. Emily, you are a constant source of delight. I love you the way you love Baby David, only I’ve been at it for 29 years. Love grows and multiplies – it never divides!!!

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