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Angela Angel says ...
I was a teenager and my Mom couldn't afford a Thanksgiving Dinner for me and my brother. We were fine about it. Growing up poor we were pretty creative. We would make our own pizza. Bread, cheese spread and bologna. Because Friday was payday, my mom would sometimes splurge and buy us a bag of potato chips. Of course we needed DIP! Mayo, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. And so Thanksgiving was no different. My mom bought Turkey pot pies (4 for a $1). I guess they were on sale since it was Thanksgiving. Well, before we could take them out of the freezer and pop them in the oven, there was a knock on our door. Odd, since it was Thanksgiving. My mom opened the door and burst into tears. Our neighbors had gotten together and bought bags and bags of groceries for us. With huge grins they cheerfully said "HAPPY THANKSGIVING". That was over 35 years ago and I still remember it like it was yesterday. That gesture had such an affect on me. Today when I see others that are hungry or in need..I give back. Because I remember what it was like.. Giving isn't just at Thanksgiving. It's an every day choice, 365 days of the year.
11/24/2011 1:42:16 AM CST
Dana says ...
I am thankful to my family. My husband becasue he gave the precious gift ever: our daughter. I am thankful to my daughter that came in a good time and I decided to stay at home with her, and this change my life. I am thankful to my openess to see new things which turn in my life in a positive way and make decisions that change lives of my family. I am thankful to my brother who is my best friend. I am thankful to my mother and father who always stand by me when life is not soo good. I am thankful to my friends even tough I did not make many since I moved in this country but everybody I met helped me learn new things and see things differently. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
11/24/2011 7:57:45 AM CST
Dana says ...
I am thankful for Thanksgiving day. This is a special day for us because our daughter was born on Thanksgiving morning five years ago. Now she is five!! Happy Birthday our beloved fairy!
11/24/2011 8:02:55 AM CST
Charlotte says ...
This is my first Thanksgiving that my husband and I won't be sharing together, because he has to work. I am grateful for all the hard work he does to keep everyone's lights on so they can have a wonderful Thanksgiving. He works for Dominion Virginia Power. I will have a plate for him when I get home from a friend's house that I am having my Thanksgiving dinner at. I am thankful that Jesus died for our sins. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving with many more to come.
11/24/2011 12:43:47 PM CST
Marina says ...
This is going to be the most special Thanksgiving for my husband and I. We have been trying to conceive for the past 3 years now but nothing seemed to be working. I have seen many doctors over the course of these past few years. I have undergone four intrauterine inseminations and have been on hormone pills. My next step was going to be in-vitro fertilization. For the past six months I had decided to give myself a break because I was faced with heartbreaking disappointment every single month prior to that. On November 16 I took a pregnancy test and the result was positive. I could not believe my eyes. My husband and I are so excited and we are going to announce the good news to our family during Thanksgiving dinner tonight. This is the most special Thanksgiving ever!!!
11/24/2011 2:41:08 PM CST
ASTRID CASTENS! says ...
I am thankful because I have a great family because even though they are far away :( they are healthy and happy and that is all it matters to me also because I have health, for all the great things that I have accomplished this year and in my 31 years, and every little thing and people in my life, "I NEVER STOP BEING THANKFUL" because life gives us everything to make the best our of it! :)
11/24/2011 2:45:41 PM CST
Peggi Comiskey says ...
I'm most thankful for having the courage to tell all my loved ones that I wanted to stay home and enjoy my solitude. I stayed in my jammies and rented a couple of movies and earlier in the day I worked in my vegetable and flower garden all the time thanking God for the endless blessings He has bestowed on me. Mostly, for the time I got to spend with my dear Dad before he passed away, my daughter, the roof over my head,...and the fact that I can see, hear, taste, and touch.
11/24/2011 4:38:24 PM CST
Wendy Bryant says ...
I'm thankful for Whole Foods on Canal Street in Chicago, IL I moved to Chicago on the 21st for a new job. I have no family or friends in the area or located in the Midwest. I moved here with $40 in my pocket and a prayer. Since, I knew I would be spending Thanksgiving alone I prayed and I wanted to at least have a Thanksgiving meal in my hotel room. Well I took a stroll down the street from my hotel and found Whole Foods. I was so excited. I went in and it was huge, and they were serving thanksgiving fixing to create a meal. I spent about $24 on my meal. The dinners were $7.99 a lb. I return to my room with a smile, and a thankful heart. So thank you to the staff at Whole Foods for make my Thanksgiving just like I was at home. By the way I'm from Maryland (the East Coast). Happy Holiday's to All and see on Christmas. Wendy
11/24/2011 6:03:40 PM CST
Val says ...
We had a great Thanksgiving. My parents are in their eighties, and I count every holiday with them now as most precious. Our family is not vegetarian, and so I gladly pay a little more for the meats and seafood at Whole Foods because I know that their store brings locally raised, humanely treated animals to our table. In fact, we had a good laugh at our dinner table, as we enjoyed the Whole Foods Organic Free Range Turkey. My Turkey, Thomas, enjoyed a humane life, plenty of fresh air and sunshine, a great circle of friends, an antibiotic free diet of quality grains, and a fabulous cell phone plan. He didn't travel much though, as his wings were clipped.
11/25/2011 12:39:50 PM CST
Elizabeth B. says ...
My pantry "must haves" include the following: whole wheat pasta, rice, pesto sauce, 365 roasted vegetable pasta sauce, chicken stock, peanut butter, crackers, canned tuna fish, dried beans, canned tomatoes, and katamala olives.
12/29/2011 9:26:42 AM CST
eliza k says ...
The Thanksgiving I am most thankful for is the one to come this 2011. Although, it has not occurred yet, it will no contest be easier, happier, and we have so much more to be thankful for than last year. That begs the question,"what happened last year"? Last year, my husband, two tween sons, two dogs and I were on a cross country trip from Florida (our former home) with the few possessions packed into our sole car and left on a journey to New Mexico to my mother-in-laws residence after my husband lost his job. Seriously, I am not looking for the sympathy card here and the next part will tell you why. It was a three day trek that we started the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We were doing 13 hour legs to make it here before the end of the long holiday weekend. This may sound like a line, but I was so lucky to have this time to spend with my growing boys who are quickly becoming men before my eyes. We don't have all the gadgets, TV in the car, laptops or IPODS that the usual family does. The simple fact being that we can't afford them. Yes, I frequently feel bad about that. Yes, I was worried how we were going to make it in the car for three days without someone having a major meltdown (me). However, it was this grand opportunity that showed me and my husband what a great job we had been doing as parents. Yes, we were down on our luck, and boy, was it hard to try to be thankful that we had nothing left....no home, no jobs. On the second day, after quickly realizing somewhere in Georgia that everything would likely be shut down for the holiday, we make a stop at the only fast food place open around 2 for some very dried burgers and wilty salad and kept trekking our way, not feeling very festive. Before we made it to our decided stop in East Texas, we chose to make it another learning lesson for our boys, but also for ourselves (to prove that others still have it worse than we did, even at that moment). We stopped at a smallish church that had a soup kitchen. Not for ourselves to partake in a meal, as my boys thought but to be of service to others who also needed a warm smile and a handshake to feel normal. It was another opportunity to see my young men opening their hearts and not thinking selfishly about themselves. We finished up the evening after a short hour of help and went to a very peaceful crash time in our cheap hotel...then on again. It was a great time to spend with my family and for us all to see that at all times, as long as we are with ones we love.....we will always have at least one thing to be thankful for.
11/04/2012 4:02:43 PM CST
eliza k says ...
The Thanksgiving I am most thankful for is the one to come this 2011. Although, it has not occurred yet, it will no contest be easier, happier, and we have so much more to be thankful for than last year. That begs the question,"what happened last year"? Last year, my husband, two tween sons, two dogs and I were on a cross country trip from Florida (our former home) with the few possessions packed into our sole car and left on a journey to New Mexico to my mother-in-laws residence after my husband lost his job. Seriously, I am not looking for the sympathy card here and the next part will tell you why. It was a three day trek that we started the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We were doing 13 hour legs to make it here before the end of the long holiday weekend. This may sound like a line, but I was so lucky to have this time to spend with my growing boys who are quickly becoming men before my eyes. We don't have all the gadgets, TV in the car, laptops or IPODS that the usual family does. The simple fact being that we can't afford them. Yes, I frequently feel bad about that. Yes, I was worried how we were going to make it in the car for three days without someone having a major meltdown (me). However, it was this grand opportunity that showed me and my husband what a great job we had been doing as parents. Yes, we were down on our luck, and boy, was it hard to try to be thankful that we had nothing left....no home, no jobs. On the second day, after quickly realizing somewhere in Georgia that everything would likely be shut down for the holiday, we make a stop at the only fast food place open around 2 for some very dried burgers and wilty salad and kept trekking our way, not feeling very festive. Before we made it to our decided stop in East Texas, we chose to make it another learning lesson for our boys, but also for ourselves (to prove that others still have it worse than we did, even at that moment). We stopped at a smallish church that had a soup kitchen. Not for ourselves to partake in a meal, as my boys thought but to be of service to others who also needed a warm smile and a handshake to feel normal. It was another opportunity to see my young men opening their hearts and not thinking selfishly about themselves. We finished up the evening after a short hour of help and went to a very peaceful crash time in our cheap hotel...then on again. It was a great time to spend with my family and for us all to see that at all times, as long as we are with ones we love.....we will always have at least one thing to be thankful for.
11/04/2012 4:02:47 PM CST
Lorrie Bolt says ...
I am most Thankful to have a job and a roof over my head. Two years ago I lost my job, house and was pretty much homeless. Thank God for my brother or I would have been living on the streets. This year I have an apartment a great job so I am very Thankful.
11/08/2012 2:37:26 PM CST
misael says ...
y'm thankful for thanksgiven beacuase my family and others come to my house and selabrat.
11/15/2012 7:26:55 PM CST

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