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nik says ...
I was most grateful on the Thanksgiving after my Dad survived a "non-survivable" cancer. He'd been diagnosed in May with an aggressive sarcoma and immediately had surgery. He was in ill health already and the doctors said "gather the family" enough times to let us know that the prospects weren't good. Well he valiantly pulled through the surgery and championed through chemo and radiation in his own tenacious exuberant manner. He was able to recover fully and that year's Thanksgiving was the most heart-warming, spirit-affirming holiday I can imagine. He's still kicking his heels 7 years later and each T-day spent with him is one of true gratitude. :)
11/18/2011 5:25:59 AM CST
Cinda Terry says ...
Thanksgiving has always been about family and good food. My mother passed away 4 years ago. I now cook the thanksgiving meal for my father and my family every year. My dad is very feeble but still lives at home. I travel 1 hour north each week to visit him, converse with him and make sure he has home cooked meals and whatever else he requires each week. I always feel that my weekend time with my dad is a whirlwind. I look forward to Thanksgiving each year when I take an extra day off and travel up to be with my dad and beging the meal preprations. We watch old movies and look through old family photo albums and wait up for the deer that come to feed in his back yard every evening this time of year. Memories I will cherish always!
11/18/2011 7:12:07 AM CST
dolly says ...
The last thanksgiving my father was alive and well enough to join the festivities. He died the following June, with a brain cancer.
11/18/2011 8:27:55 AM CST
Susan says ...
I am thankful for Grace - The beautiful person Grace with whom my parents live. The grace with which she has dedicated herself to taking care of these two amazing people with Alzheimer's. The grace with which my parents navigate their lives without the comforts of memories and connections to the world that most enjoy. The grace by which friends and family can gather on Thanksgiving to be together in that moment - Amazing Grace.
11/18/2011 9:26:42 AM CST
Terri Roth says ...
Every year during Thanksgiving break my family drives to our parent's cabin in the Upper Peninsula. There is no running water so we must bring in large containers of water for cooking and cleaning. Each year my mother would prepare a traditional Thanksgiving feast with very little help from any of us, and we never gave a thought to how much work it took to put that fabulous meal on the table. My mom worked as a school secretary at the time, and one year we sat down to Thanksgiving dinner to find mashed potatoes that came from a box,gravy, pressed turkey meat, stuffing, and pumpkin pie all left over from the school's lunch service the day before. We were crushed, Thanksgiving was a bust, and we never took my mother for granted again. Now we all pitch in and insist she sit back and relax
11/18/2011 9:45:56 AM CST
April Green says ...
My most thankful Thanksgiving will have to be this Thanksgiving 2011.My mother was diagnosed with an agressive form of cancer one year ago.Unfortunately, it was around that time that my husband also became unemployed.We made the decision to move to Colorado with our two children to be closer to my family so we could help them.Through this painful situation our family has had to adjust and grow together as a family and in our faith in order to persevere.We continue to face many challenges.I am grateful to report that my mother has survived this terrible ordeal, and one year later all scans show cancer-free! A real miracle! My husband is employed, and we recently moved into a beautiful home.This year will be the first time I have ever hosted a holiday meal.I've prayed to have the opportunity for 11 years and now I am getting that chance! I will have both parents aunt cousin friends, and even my soon to be 94 year old grandmother! I am VERY excited! ...and VERY thankful! :)
11/18/2011 11:13:00 AM CST
Chris says ...
I'm thankful that I've been able to spend so many thanksgivings with my family. I've never had to be away from them on Thanksgiving, so I get to enjoy spending several days together with them eating and hanging out. I know a lot of people don't get to see their families on Thanksgiving, so I'm very thankful for this.
11/18/2011 11:27:22 AM CST
Lisa says ...
The thanksgiving I am most thankful for is this one. Everyone is happy, healthy and excited to be together. Can't wait to start cooking!
11/18/2011 11:51:09 AM CST
Melissa says ...
I am thankful this year for a new member of our family, little Philip, who has brought smiles and joy into all our lives!
11/18/2011 11:51:16 AM CST
Gwen DePaz says ...
Thanksgiving 2010. Best Thanksgiving ever! I had lost my entire family to disease, strokes, Cancer, suicide and more. As having been the middle child in the family I miss my family more than words can say. So last Thanksgiving I decided to donate my time helping feed the homeless and the elderly at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Seal Beach, CA. It was the best thing I ever did. Meeting the homeless and seeing that they were enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving meal made me aware that my situation could have been worse - having a roof over my head is the most important thing for me. Talking to all of the eldery at the Church Hall and hearing their separate stories made my heart grow warmer. Everyone needs a smile and a hug too. Each year St. Anne's Church feeds those who need a meal or who would have been alone on this very special holiday. As many others were getting ready to shop until they dropped, the time spent with needy people was a diamond in the rough for me. As my bad back won't allow me to do this this year I'm sure that there are others who take over. It was a total joy to see young people donating their time to feed all of these people and then they went home to their own "Thanksgiving meals". It was truly a special time for me...give up of oneself is what life should be all about. Growing up in a Jewish home
11/18/2011 12:06:35 PM CST
abigail says ...
I'm most thankful for my family on Thanksgiving. Trite, but true. What could be more blessed than four siblings raised by a loving and empowering couple now into their 5th decade together?
11/18/2011 12:33:26 PM CST
gary says ...
I am most grateful for the companionship that I found this year after over 10 years of searching for a rock solid companion..I have found her.
11/18/2011 12:38:14 PM CST
Annette says ...
I am thankful that I had the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving's with my dad when he was alive. He was 66 when he died in 1988. That was a particularly tough year for me because of his unexpected death but also I was divorced earlier in that same year.
11/18/2011 2:01:27 PM CST
tiffany c says ...
My daughter was born early and in the NICU, but she is now healthy and happy, which I am very thankful for. I am also thankful that my other daughter has made it thru her medical procedure and is also healthy and happy. My husband is going thru some health issues, but he is taking medicine for it, and hopefully it will be alright. I am most thankful for my family, which I cherish everyday.
11/18/2011 2:14:27 PM CST
Julianne says ...
This year will be my most thankful. We have 2 amazing foster kids living with us who have taught all of us a lot about taking things for granted. Explaining to them what Thanksgiving is and seeing the excitement they have just for every little thing reminds all of us to be grateful.
11/18/2011 3:08:54 PM CST
Kristy says ...
I am brought total joy when I recall a Thanksgiving of years gone by... probably 2005 or 2006. I recently moved to California from the East Coast. My great friend, also from the East Coast, and I were unable to visit our families back home, so we took a trip to Yosemite together. The weather was not the best - rainy and damp and cold - but my heart was warmed by the kindest neighbor campers ever! What a surprise when they asked us to join them for a camp-out Thanksgiving feast. I was delighted and yet, I was a total vegan and thought, what can a vegan eat from a typical Thanksgiving feast? But, to my delight, they replied, "It IS a vegan Thanksgiving feast!!" What a wonderfully warm invitation and even better food. It was a total feast, and I am still unsure how they managed to cook & warm it all & get it to a campsite. I was able to enjoy every morsel without guilt. Probably the best Thanksgiving meal I have ever had, as it still lingers in my mind... I am grateful for the kindness of neighbors, wherever and however they appear.
11/18/2011 4:24:03 PM CST
Della P. DuBose says ...
My most thankful thanksgiving may very well be this one. My elderly(89 yrs old) Aunt who helped raise me fell several months ago and broke her leg and has since become almost completly disabled. She has no children of her own and no family in Indiana. So why will I be thankful this year?? Well you see I'm married with a family of my own but I live in South Carolina and have been taking care of my mom(her sister)who is also elderly(88)and disabled. Since I couldn't be with my Aunt for thanksgiving, I have spent the entire day on the phone trying to locate a restaurant near her home in Nora to deliver a thanksgiving dinner. I have called every restaurant within a 20 mile radius, I have offered to pay a delivery fee or extra money for gas and still have been told they do not deliver. I have begged, cried, and pleaded but was told due to insurance restrictions they just could not deliver. So again why am I thankful? Well finally about 20 minutes ago I reached a store manager that was willing to deliver a dinner with all the trimmings to her on his day off. It won't be anything special and didn't include bread or desserts but it was the best I could do. It wont be actually on thanksgiving but a few days before. I can't reveal the managers name or even the name of the store because he could loose his job over doing this for me. But it restores my faith in mankind and all the good people in the Indianapolis area. To know that my aunt will have not only a hot meal, but a real turkey dinner for thanksgiving. This gives me the most to be thankful for this year. If I win this gift certificate I will use it all to send additional items to her. Thank you !
11/18/2011 6:42:00 PM CST
Danielle says ...
The Thanksgiving I am most thankful for...All the ones spent at home surrounded by family. I am a college student and just moved away from home (FL to PA) and unfortunately, I won't be able to go home for Thanksgiving this year. It makes you realize how important it is to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and that no matter how far away you are, you will always have them in your heart :) I hope everyone has a happy holiday season!
11/18/2011 7:07:13 PM CST
Laurie says ...
I am most thankful for any Thanksgiving I spend with family and friends. Last year we spend the holiday with a friend and her family and although it was different than our usual tradition, it was one of our best Thanksgivings yet. My friends have truly helped me through some rough times and I am so thankful for them.
11/18/2011 8:12:05 PM CST
Deb says ...
For most of the 2000's I was blessed to have 2 thanksgivings each year, one with my family (which is wonderful!) and a second with my wonderful friends - most of whom are Irish. Irish?! Yes - and these wonderful people have completely embraced this all american tradition. They are so far from their families but we've all become family in California. Each year we would divvy up the different items, create a make shift table with ply wood to support sitting close to 30 people, mix and match plates, silver ware and glasses -- but it was always the most fun and a great reminder of how friends are the family we choose. Unfortunately a lot of the gang has moved to other places around the globe (back to Ireland and different places in the States) so the tradition has stopped. But I look back on those wonderful years with such happiness!
11/18/2011 8:09:40 PM CST
Paulina says ...
Although I wont be with my whole family this year, the one thanksgiving I am most thankful for has to be this one. After ten years of marriage I finally have my first baby with me. I got very sick after his birth and that made me realize and be thankful for the things i had taken for granted in the past. I am so thankful because my baby, and my husband are healthy. I am also thankful because I can take care of my baby, enjoy him, and be with him as he grows up.
11/18/2011 9:28:22 PM CST
Sarah says ...
I'm most thankful for all of my friends, who never fail to cheer me up when I'm down.
11/18/2011 9:40:34 PM CST
Christie Friday says ...
I will be thankful for having my last Thanksgiving with my mom who is dying of brain cancer at Pioneer House in Sacramento. She was given 6 months to live May 30, 2011. She is determined to have some ham and sweet potato for Thanksgiving. She can't say much but talking about what we are bringing to her on that day makes her smile.
11/18/2011 11:04:45 PM CST
Ben Roberts says ...
I am most thankful for the Thanksgiving I'm about to enjoy this year. It's not that I'm going to see new family, that the food will be any more extraordinary than it always is, or even that I'm hungry right now. It will be the first time I've been home and seen my family since leaving for my Freshman Year of college. I miss them more than any pie, side dish, or leftover turkey sandwich.
11/18/2011 11:32:47 PM CST
Donna Smith says ...
I am most thankful for last year's Thanksgiving. I met my husband in 2010 and we were married in the summer and spent our first Thanksgiving together last year. I am so thankful for the blessing of a wonderful husband and am looking forward to many more Thanksgivings together.
11/18/2011 11:24:41 PM CST

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