Sue Lundquist, a wife and mother of three girls, knew others could be helped by thinking about and writing down what they are grateful to have in their lives. And she wanted to use the powerful message of the book, I'm Thankful to raise money for local charities. Lundquist's inspiration to write the book came from her own personal experience.
Adopted as a child, Lundquist searched for and was reunited with both of her biological parents, a joyous time in her life. But, her mother passed away only six months after the author located her. The loss coincided with the news that Lundquist's adopted father had been diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. "I experienced emotional stress during that time and I found I needed to maintain gratitude. I thought of the little things to be thankful for," she said.