100 Happy Things: Ben

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1. clothes fresh out of the dryer  2. jr. high ministry  3. warm brownies  4. a Tennessee victory  5. camping  6. Dollywood  7. country music  8. puppies  9. family  10. egg nog  11. Tom Hanks movies  12. Becky  13. a box of chocolates  14. Christmas music  15. costumes  16. Jesus  17. sand between my toes on a sunny day  18. coffee  19. Oma’s pigtails  20. fireplaces  21. Joshua 3:5  22. Tucker  23. high school football  24. fantasy football  25. tailgating  26. the smell of a new car  27. freshly paved roads  28. new tires  29. road trips  30. rubber bands  31. freshly cut grass  32. naps  33. driving across a river in a Volvo  34. Orange Leaf  35. basketball  36. cooking on the grill  37. knit sheets  38. movie theatres  39. Junior Mints  40. Girl Scout cookies  41. Skinny Cow caramel chocolates  42. Band of Brothers in Christ  43. Chuck Wenger  44. sailing  45. church  46. making someone laugh  47. Saturday nights out  48. hockey fights  49. November sports collection 50. work seminars  51. recliners  52. taking socks and shoes off after a long work day  53. Perkins at 2AM  54. free lunch  55. back massages  56. chiropractor visits  57. good cologne  58. when shampoo and conditioner run out at the same time  59. wi-fi  60. hotels  61. driving new cars  62. fireworks  63. stylus pens  64. Orange Crush on Saturdays  65. new friends  66. Bible studies  67. running  68. headphones  69. hot tubs  70. the Olympics  71. USA  72. standing outside in a heavy rain  73. foam fingers  74. state softball 75. candy drawer stashes  76. air horns  77. farmers’ markets  78. Thanksgiving leftovers  79. singing in the car  80. Alex  81. ugly sweaters  82. flannel shirts  83. Captain America  84. Snapchat  85. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon 86. Key and Peele  87. Netflix  88. Spotify  89. home movies  90. Nike  91. power tools  92. water slides  93. first snow  94. smoothies  95. sunroofs  96. breakfast for dinner  97. Twinkies  98. vacation days  99. birthday  100. spending time with the people I love

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100 Happy Things: Andrea

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1. Pumpkin-spice donuts  2. crunching in leaves  3. baby noises  4. the miracle of birth  5. peppermint mocha creamer  6. snail mail  7. phone dates with long-distance friends  8. blowing bubbles  9. flip flop weather  10. new fall TV  11. game nights  12. crockpot dinners  13. leftovers  14. a stack of library books  15. stovetop popcorn  16. worship in a barn  17. facetime with family  18. backyard zinnias  19. Jack Johnson  20. homegrown tomatoes and BLTs  21. date nights  22. guacamole  23. sweet smelling candles  24. sleeping babies   25. stroller walks  26. sleeping with the windows open  27. star gazing  28. parades  29. Bible studies with friends  30. girl time  31. garage sales  32. birthday cake  33. reading books with my boys  34. rainbows  35. thunderstorms  36. dark chocolate  37. family naps  38. driving with the windows rolled down  39. country music  40. clean sheets  41. babysitters  42. online shopping  43. family videos  44. heated seats  45. slippers  46. pajama pants  47. my Kindle Paperwhite  48. slobbery toddler kisses  49. Christmas music  50. fireflies  51. sunsets  52. beach vacation  53. candle light  54. lattes  55. crispy bacon  56. the golden hour  57. holding friend’s babies   58. succulents  59. playing in the garden  60. holding hands with my hubby  61. decorating  62. trips to target  63. pretty fabric  64. cupcakes  65. sipping coffee from a pretty mug  66. new magazines  67. play dates  68. getting a massage  69. red wine  70. pigtails  71. family hugs  72. bike rides  73. the feeling after a good run  74. TiVo  75. grilled cheese and tomato soup  76. laughing with my sister  77. painting my fingernails  78. fireworks  79. floating in the ocean  80. story time at the library  81. losing track of time while reading a good book   82. cozy slippers  83. sleeping under a heavy down comforter  84. neighbors  85. going out for breakfast  86. little free libraries  87. spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen  88. being crafty  89. painting  90. tulips  91. tropical sno cones  92. getting my hair cut  93. kids’ birthdays  94. stationary stores  95. Starbucks  96. playing piano  97. the stillness of falling snow  98. writing  99. listening to NPR  100. SheReadsTruth

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100 Happy Things: Rachel

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1. The smell after it rains  2. Crisp fall mornings  3. Sunsets  4. A big bowl of chicken fried rice  5. Homemade mac and cheese  6. Apples  7. Hugs  8. Chocolate  9. Drawing  10. My birds  11. Kittens  12. Biscuit (my puppy) falling asleep on my lap  13. Laying down in bed at night  14. Waking up warm under a lot of covers on a cold morning  15. The first snow that sticks  16. Kids laughing  17. Learning  18. Teaching  19. Belting out praise songs  20. Dancing in the kitchen while I cook  21. The smell of vanilla  22. Long breakfasts with my best friend  23. Going to the Animal Rescue League  24. A day at the zoo  25. Bottle-feeding a kitten  26. Standing in the rain  27. Listening to thunderstorms  28. Surprise hugs/kisses  29. Painted toenails  30. Disney movies  31. Watching Finding Nemo in Spanish  32. Potato Cheese Soup  33. Cooking something that turns out well  34. Cleaning  35. Good pens  36. Lists  37. Making bird toys  38. Waking up to my dog jumping into bed with me  39. Kitten poopy faces  40. Fuzzy socks  41. Warm ears  42. Scarves  43. Brown sugar on pancakes  44. Jiffy cornbread muffins  45. Green  46. Camping  47. Playing board games with family  48. Quiet alone time  49. Carving elaborate pumpkins with my family  50. Dancing with Dad  51. Singing in choir  52. Classical music  53. TobyMac  54. Swimming in a warm pool  55. The Grand Haven Pier’  56. Sand dunes  57. Thanksgiving with extended family  58. Christmas mornings  59. Foster animals  60. Happy endings  61. Underdogs  62. Long walks  63. Hiking  64. Nature  65. Curling up to watch tv  66. Biology classes  67. Documentaries  68. Holding hands  69. Freshly brushed teeth  70. Purple  71. Prayer  72. Christmas carols  73. Sunlight  74. Unexpected compliments  75. Cream cheese  76. Angel food cake  77. Grandparents 78. Talking with my parents  79. When my sister and I get along  80. Dresses  81. Long skirts  82. Crafts  83. Scrapbooking  84. Photography  85. Editing a picture to look its best  86. Seeing kindness on the streets  87. Feeling confident  88. Feeling beautiful  89. Drinking water  90. Panera bagels and soup  91. Popcorn with parmesan cheese  92. Backrubs  93. Sleeping in  94. Fresh air  95. Funny youtube videos  96. Pinterest  97. Trying new art forms  98. A successful day  99. Being busy  100.Puppy kisses

100 Happy Things: Steph

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1. the I serve a God who is merciful, full of grace and forgives  2. opening the Bible and reading God’s Word and having it be exactly what I needed to hear that day.  3. My husbands giggles  4. when my husband twerks  5. all of the colors of fall  6. the sparkle of the first snow   7. my puppies guilty faces  8. sparkly things  9. knowing that my family is crazy and awful but they are mine and that is a really great thing.  10. that I live in a free country where I can worship and cry out for my God and not be afraid  11. stars  12. 70 degree weather  13. over-sized sweatshirts  14. anything pumpkin flavored  15. coffee  16. looking at ocean fish while snorkeling in the ocean and getting too excited that you accidently snort up salt water.  17. swimming with dolphins  18. any animals really  19. friendship, I have amazing friends and life wouldn’t be so bright without them  20. being married to my best friend  21. how warm my husband always is  22. when Lola, Morrison and Josh all go a night without snoring  23. taking a million pictures of my life and looking back through them on a dark day  24. rainy days  25. being curled up in bed while it is storming  26. fire- fireplaces, fire pits, bonfires  27. well and smores for that matter  28. eating cookie dough… a lot of cookie dough  29. making a house feel like a home  30. the way that my friends and I do the most ridiculous things and we aren’t even embarrassed  31. the avengers  32. the way kids minds work  33. wearing black on fat days  34. the fact that my husband has fat days  35. Cheesy poofs  36. doughnuts  37. COFFEE for the love of COFFEE  38. the color purple  39. looking at my engagement ring under church lighting- don’t lie girls you all love it.  40. cooking and feeling proud of the end product  41. anything with cheese  42. Be Still and know that I am God  43. dancing in my underwear  44. wool socks  45. knitting  46. fireflies in fields  47. when I know my friends have found the “one”  48. my husbands smile  49. my husbands butt  50. sending mail to everyone I can think of so that their day is happier  51. candles… everywhere  52. soft and fluffy fresh out of the dryer comforters and blankets  53. new pillows  54. body pillows  55. ice cream  56. not parking in the garage  57. everything about Christmas  58. thanksgiving turkey coma  59. celebrating milestones in my friends lives  60. Being that person that God placed in someones life to help them through something.  61. singing 90’s boy band music  62. violins  63. carbs  64. remembering my Grandpa  65. getting to spend days with my nieces and nephew and making memories with them  66. Christmas trees  67. Christmas lights  68. Brooke X. makes me really happy with all her sweet notes  69. the way my friend Becky laughs so hard she turns red and shakes  70. my friend Becky’s cats  71. the way my friend Mary laughs at Labia  72. the fact that my friend Bridget is stronger than any man I know and she is the size of a toothpick… but also ripped.  73. the way my friend Kimberly and I can pick up right where we left off and always seem to know what to say to each other  74. looking at the pictures of my friend Alex photo-bombing our wedding photo booth,  75. looking at all our wedding day photobooth pictures  76. my friend Keiko’s smile- gosh she is the sweetest  77. chocolate milk  78. Janel’s and my ability to wear the same clothing without consulting each other.  79. Janel’s daughter Olivia’s words- she says the most awesome things  80. rescued pitubulls  81. when my mom tickles my back  82. when my dad pretends to speak Chinese  83. when my brothers aren’t too cool to hang with the family  84. family game night  85. my sisters crazy hair and crazy personality. She is beautiful  86. when the dogs first get a bath and they are fluffy and soft  87. any animal babies  88. when I found a lady bug down Janel’s wedding dress under her hose and in her buttcrack. It was hilarious. 89. that I have a family that isn’t necessarily made up of my actual family because I don’t have an extended family really and yet I don’t feel like I have missed out. I am so surrounded by love.  90. Classic Disney fairy tales  91. finding out that marriage isn’t all rainbows and butterflies but it is difficult and hilarious and ugly at times and that is really great to know we are both human beings who fart and are sick and say really dumb things but love the crap out of each other every day.  92. writing this list  93. being creative and crafty on days  94. bright colors  95. sunsets and sunrises  96. walks through parks  97. trying a new restaurant or place  98. dreaming about going to Greece  99. learning new things every day  100. knowing that someday I will be in the presence of the Almighty and He will welcome me into his Kingdom for eternity. Imagining what that will be like sends goosebumps all over.

100 Happy Things: Courtney

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1. little girls wearing tutus  2. fall in the Midwest  3. Grandma’s potato soup  4. lighting bugs  5. Siamese cats  6. Christmas decorations  7. feeling my baby move  8. seeing strangers smile  9. visiting my husband’s work when it’s bacon day for lunch  10. snuggles  11. campfires  12. root beer floats  13. The Beatles  14. cheese curds  15. baking and frosting cakes  16. riding a bike just for fun  17. hoodies with thumb holes  18. ham sandwiches  19. pretty bedding  20. good beer  21. visiting old friends  22. laundry dried on a clothesline  23. The Three Amigos  24. reading out loud with my husband  25. A hot shower after sledding  26. Hummus and falafel from Oasis in Iowa City  27. Homemade ginger ice cream  28. Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Coconut lotion  29. Calvin and Hobbes  30. brushing through my hair at the end of the day  31. sparkles  32. lilacs  33. cozy pajamas and slippers  34. freshly painted nails  35. voting  36. finishing a project  37. pretty throw pillows  38. bubble baths  39. Whitey’s mint chocolate chip ice cream  40. the U.S. National Park Service  41. Birthday Candles  42. dark denim  43. apple cider  44. fireworks and sparklers  45. water fights  46. hugs  47. using q-tips the wrong way  48. opening mail from loved ones  49. heirloom recipes  50. bathrobes   51. color  52. feeling the sun shine on my face  53. playing euchre with my husband’s grandparents  54. the open road  55. wrapping paper and bows  56. Happy Joe’s pizza  57. canoeing   58. The Griffith Observatory  59. Bluegrass music  60. Tacos  61. theme parks  62. Dr. Seuss  63. stop motion animation  64. Jackson Pollock’s Mural  65. natural history museums  66. opaque tights  67. the smell of library books  68. Hearing my niece say “I love you” unprompted  69. Holding my husband’s hand  70. Alton Brown’s buttermilk biscuit recipe  71. red lipstick  72. outdoor concerts  73. Trying something new  74. rainy days  75. picnics  76. the Christmas cards my husband designs every year  77. log cabins  78. pearls  79. using Grandma’s vintage Pyrex  80. the smell of pine trees  81. onion rings  82. goldfinches  83. PG Tips tea  84. chocolate coconut doughnuts  85. date nights  86. fluffy towels  87. waking up with the sun  88. exploring  89. Georgia shrimp  90. gingerbread houses  91. handmade quilts and afghans   92. learning something new  93. Pok Pok wings  94. getting my hands dirty  95. watching 80’s movies and eating popcorn with peanut butter m&ms  96. Pop in glass bottles  97. wildflowers  98. climbing into a comfy bed after a long day  99. the crunch of leaves or ice under my feet  100. Iowa

100 Happy Things: Alissa

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1. Sunday afternoon naps  2. cookies right out of the oven  3. watching the sun set  4. Dr. Pepper  5. new sweatshirts  6. clean sheets  7. snuggling with a favorite blanket  8. reading a good book  9. Drive-In movies  10. a big glass of ice-cold milk  11. ridiculously long card/board games  12. Dark Chocolate M&Ms  13. trying new foods  14. thunderstorms  15. musicals  16. the smell right after it rains  17. White Chai Mochas  18. Grandma’s chicken and rice  19. Babies!  20. Creating/Crafting  21. playing piano  22. cellos  23. the color green  24. dafont.com  25. daisies  26. baking sweet treats  27. cooking a meal with friends  28. late summer afternoon bike rides  29. Iowa football 30. fireflies  31. licking the spoon  32. Psalm 46:10  33. Family Christmas  34. Christmas music  35. bubble baths  36. random sightings of organized numbers (i.e. odometer is 123,456) 37. lunch dates  38. toddler smooches  39. lazy Saturday mornings  40. random acts of kindness  41. picnics in the park  42. Croc flip flops  43. sticky notes  44. Sharpies  45. miniature golf  46. crossword puzzles  47. mom’s veggie beef soup  48. puzzles 49. The Tale of Three Trees  50. giant snowflakes  51. BAZINGA!  52. girls night out/in  53. chocolate ice cream  54. learning something new  55. Dr. Seuss  56. Pinterest  57. new notebooks  58. Hobby Lobby  59. realizing God has a bigger plan for me  60. forgiveness  61. my cameo  62. snail mail from friends and family  63. Pixar/Disney  64. the number 3  65. music stores  66. canned cherry pie filling good minus the cherries  67. pumpkin pies  68. big fluffy clouds  69. rainbows  70. sitting around the bonfire  71. travel  72. actually remembering something  73. Vicks Vapor Rub  74. sleeping with the windows open  75. porch swings  76. lawn games  77. a job well done  78. badminton  79. lazy rivers 80. fuzzy slipper socks  81. sunroofs  82. homemade pizza  83. wrapping gifts  84. singing out loud  85. Michael Buble  86. Tran-Siberian Orchestra  87. Rotini noodles  88. potatoes in any form  89. fresh baked bread  90. a good pillow  91. autumn leaves  92. playing duets with mom  93. comfy underpants  94. catching up with old friends  95. sisters  96. thrift stores  97.  holding hands  98.  finding the perfect gift  99. teaching piano  100. making lists