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Samantha Thompson says ...
Although, we lost our home and was robbed by the moving company when we moved in september - we still have our lives, health, strength and each other. Don't know where the food will come from for our Thanksgiving meal, but GOD will take care of us. I'm greatful that we still have jobs and moved into an apartment. It doesn't feel like home yet, but time will fix that too. I'm praying for those who are in the same situation as my family. Only God knows the pain.
11/14/2011 4:29:55 PM CST
Rachel says ...
When I was a little girl, my grandmother would always make a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for our family. But as I got older, so did she, and it got to the point where she was no longer able to make those wonderful meals I so cherished. Instead, our family would go to one of the restaurants in the nearby Amish settlement and enjoy a tasty meal there. A few years ago, while I was in college, I decided to put my foot down. Thanksgiving was about the food, and it just wasn't the same when we weren't cooking it. I told my mom I wanted to have a REAL Thanksgiving, and she replied, "Okay, are you going to be in charge then?" I took her challenge and declared that we would have a homemade Thanksgiving that year. My dad made a turkey in my tiny oven in my apartment (and made a huge mess of course!) and my mom, future husband, and I made potatoes, casseroles, veggies, and dessert. My extended family also signed up to bring dishes and the whole meal turned out wonderfully. As a result, we've had a homemade meal at Thanksgiving every year since.
11/14/2011 4:35:27 PM CST
Charlene says ...
I am most thankful for my family and friends. They have been so supportive through the years. I was laid of three times because of the economy in the last 5 years and they have always stuck by my side and helped me push forward. I couldn't be more grateful, they are my silver lining.
11/14/2011 4:36:55 PM CST
Tonya says ...
I am so thankful to spend this year with my family in beautiful Lake Tahoe! My mom will be turning 60 with her kids and grandkids all around her.
11/14/2011 4:40:55 PM CST
Becca says ...
This year I graduated college started a brand new job in Seattle and now my husband and I are working on starting a family. I am blessed beyond measure for the ability to gain an education, put my knowledge to use, and to have found the lovr of my life...a baby would make life complete. I am thankful!!
11/14/2011 4:41:14 PM CST
Mel says ...
The first Thanksgiving dinner I put together was a borderline disaster as my turkey turned out to be the Sahara Desert of turkeys, but it was the first Thanksgiving that I truly enjoyed, since my grandparents had passed away several years earlier. Up until their death, we had Thanksgiving at their house almost every year. My grandparents passed away when I was in high school and throughout the rest of high school and college my mom and I house hopped for Thanksgiving. We were kindly invited to many houses for dinner, but it never felt like home and I never felt really comfortable. After returning from college with a love for cooking and more importantly sharing food, I decided to make Thanksgiving dinner at home. I loved that I got to share my love of cooking and sharing food with my mom and that she so generously pretended to enjoy what turned out to be the worst turkey I've ever made! I started my own tradition that Thanksgiving and that was really special!
11/14/2011 4:41:47 PM CST
Rosemarie Miller says ...
I am thankful for my husband. He is very open, honest, caring, loving,strong,intellegent,gentle, Humerous and compassionate man. When we met I had a son from my first marriage he was 11 with all kinds of moderate to severe disabilties. Dan (husband) its an only child had no kids of his own was never really around any as an adult fell in love with not only me but my son as well. He became the father thst my sons father never was because he chose not to be around at all. He had helped me raise him and his entire family accepted him as thier own as well. He allowed me to stay home because I needed to take care of him he couldnt be left alone. I could no longer get day care cuz at 12 years old he was alway 5.5 ft tall. Do I quit working. I got pregnate for my serving child alex when Brandon was 13. Dan asked me to marry him and he gave the the wedding of ecru girls dream in ceresvillee mansion maryland and we live in update N.Y. He has been the most wonderful thing that ever happened in my life and I love him more then words can say. He has no idea what a tremendous thing he did seeing past my sons disabilties and seeing the child I saw that a lot of other men would not have. I am Thankful got a lot of things but for my husband I am most greatful.
11/14/2011 4:45:02 PM CST
Catherine Torma says ...
I am most thankful for my family and all other people with positive attitudes!!! They are what make the world such a great place to live :)
11/14/2011 4:47:37 PM CST
Stefanie says ...
I'm thankful for the last Thanksgiving my grandma made it down to visit us a couple years prior to her passing.
11/14/2011 4:49:32 PM CST
Susan says ...
I'm most thankful for the Thanksgiving of 2000. That was my daughter's sophomore year in college and her first Thanksgiving in her own place. Since we were having Thanksgiving at my brother's that year, we decided to still have Thanksgiving with our own favorites on the Wednesday before. We invited a few friends who either wouldn't be joining family for Thanksgiving (or would). It was a small gathering of 8 people. We had so much fun we decided to do it again the following year. And so now we have an annual Wednesday Thanksgiving and it has grown to include 20-25 people each year. My daughter has moved from Berkeley to San Francisco, to Santa Barbara and back to San Francisco and we getting ready for our 12th event.
11/14/2011 4:50:40 PM CST
Lisa Mc says ...
I always try to remember the really important things in life - like health, family and friends. After a stay in the hospital years ago, what seemed important is no longer a priority. Also, I try to tell those in my life how much they mean to me.
11/14/2011 5:03:58 PM CST
Courtney Fisk says ...
this year will mark a new beginning. Thanks giving this year is all about restoration. My husband and I just started a path of restoration after several months of separation. I am so thankful for a new beginning! I am so happy they my husband is in recovery and back home. :)
11/14/2011 5:10:56 PM CST
Ketena says ...
I am thankful for every Thanksgiving and for the family and friends I am able to spend it with. Every year we always have everyone, young and old tell what they are thankful for, we record it to play back for the next year. Some years we are able to cherish video of a love one/friend who may have passed on. Just being surrounded by love is what I am always thankful for.
11/14/2011 5:11:08 PM CST
Chris Shatrov says ...
I am came to USA about 7 years ago. Originally I am from Russia. I really go used to the local systems of holidays. Some of them are celebrated worldwide, as well as back home. However there is a holiday that I wish we celebrated-Thanksgiving. To me, it's a very important day/holiday because it is about us, people. And our friends and family. I got into bodybuilding about 2.5 years ago and along that came the habit of eating properly and learning about nutrition. I also worked at a couple of restaurants as a cook, so cooking is definitely one of my favorite things to do. How's it connected to thanksgiving? As I said, I love to cook, and I also love to be around my cpose friends and family. I love to cool FOR them. The Thanksgiving I’m Most Thankful For would be a holiday that I share with my close ones, sit at a huge table, covered in different yummy healthy foods, and share that warm precious moment with all of them, laughing, talking, and sharing our thoughts on how thankful we are for what we have and whom we have around us.
11/14/2011 5:11:27 PM CST
Stephanie says ...
I'm most thankful for my family and the stories they pass down. My grandmother passed of cancer the week before Thanksgiving of 2009, and I've spent the last week going through her old collections of pictures and laughing and crying at the memories she documented. That to me is invaluable and I am so grateful.
11/14/2011 5:13:07 PM CST
Shawn Z. says ...
I'm thankful that I have a great family, friends, boyfriend, and dog. My family is always there for me and supports me in everything that I do. My friends bring the fun into my life. My boyfriend does everything that my family and friends do...and did I mention he runs marathons with me? And my dog, Socks, because she shows what unconditional love is. There a lot of things in life to be thankful for, but these are the aspects I thank God most for every single day.
11/14/2011 5:18:49 PM CST
Heather says ...
One Thanksgiving I am most thankful for is Thanksgiving 2007. My husband (then boyfriend) was stationed in Oklahoma and unfortunately he was unable to fly home, so I flew out to spend Thanksgiving with him. He had just moved into his studio apartment and his stuff had yet to be delivered. We didn’t have anything to cook a Thanksgiving dinner with but we were able to find a local place that was open. It certainly wasn’t the normal Thanksgiving we were used to but it didn’t matter because as long as we were together we were happy :)
11/14/2011 5:21:26 PM CST
Sara says ...
I am thankful for a wonderful apartment with a loving boyfriend and an amazing younger sister!
11/14/2011 5:22:14 PM CST
Sarah says ...
I'm thankful for my friends, family, and my health. The best thanksgiving is one where you can share it with the people you care about the most.
11/14/2011 5:23:56 PM CST
Reese says ...
I'm not sure how to even express this, but "retail strangers" might be the best way to describe it. There's two scenarios that happened lately that just make me thankful for wonderful people in the world. #1) Yesterday I went to Jewel Osco so I could get quarters (needed laundry money). I thought about buying my husband some beer (it's a treat for him and I was there already). I stood in line with my PBR (cheap treat)and saw a gentleman walk up to the cashier, hand her a starbucks cup and say, "I hope this perks up your night." She smiled and thanked him for the gingerbread latte. Then she said to us in line, "I'm thankful when someone brings in a cup of coffee or flowers. But I'm REALLY thankful for the customer who came in and donated a kidney to me. I wouldn't be alive without him. We're like relatives now." #2) On September 9, 2011 I had my "bachelorette" party. In lieu of the traditional party, my best girls and I went to the Whole Foods bakery for some treats. While in there, we stopped at the wine. A young man came up to us and asked if we were looking for something specific. I described our evening, said it was the night before my wedding, and his eyes lit up. He showed us four to five wines and we bought them all. He was so enthusiastic and excited, it started my night off on a happy note! As we got in the car, he came running out of the store with a bag in his hand. He told me it was a special bottle and that I couldn't open it until the wedding night. He was the very firs to toast my husband and me. And he was genuinely happy for my big day. There's just something amazing about selfless gratitude and goodwill that I will never take for granted. I hope to "pay it forward" as soon as I can!
11/14/2011 5:25:14 PM CST
Trevor Connolly says ...
The thing that I'm most thankful for is that I moved a block away from Whole Foods! I love all the healthy earth saving food that I get to buy now.
11/14/2011 5:25:16 PM CST
Claire says ...
I thank God every day for my dad. He is incredibly hardworking, and passionately cares for our family. I look up to him not only as a role model, but as a friend as well.
11/14/2011 5:36:42 PM CST
Jacinta Lawson says ...
I am most thankful for a home to live in and food to eat. I am thankful for the opportunity to write and publish books that tell a story and help people. I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to talk to people sometime and for my husband, family, friends, you, and the opportunity to keep learning about God in church.
11/14/2011 5:37:42 PM CST
Mary L. Campbell says ...
A few years ago, I doggedly insisted on preparing for the Holidays although I had just learned that my youngest nephew had a rare melanoma. Needless to say, I was not doing very well in the uplifting, thankful thoughts category. I barely finished my culinary preparations in time and cheated by purchasing two delectable, unforgettable pies from Whole Foods because I felt I would be forgiven since your bakery products are out of this world. Right about the time that some of the gathering was contemplating whether or not to imbibe in pie, with or without whipped cream, I got a late phone call from my family in Missouri. I will never be more thankful in my life than I was to learn my newphew (with the help of an excellent oncologist) had endured the cancer treatment, and my New Year's Resolutions were unnecessary when I learned he was cancer free! Thanks for offering such delicious, healthy food and letting me share this experience - Mary
11/14/2011 5:40:30 PM CST
adria says ...
At Thankgiving I'm most thankfull for Thanksgiving in the past that I was able to spend with my grandma who is now watching over me in heaven. I recreate her mashed potatoes and candied sweet potatoes every year. I'll be doing the same this year knowing she will be watching down on me...
11/14/2011 5:48:35 PM CST

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