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Tracey says ...
I am thankful for the support of my family and friends as I adjust to the first year of raising twins. My three children are my greatest gift.
11/15/2011 12:05:32 PM CST
Lori MacDonald says ...
This may sound strange, but I am most thankful for the crisis our family recently endured. In the midst of a devastating crisis I experienced the real power of love.My family members, all with busy lives that do not often allow for family togetherness even during the Thanksgiving holiday, came together to support one another, to love and appreciate one another. I am grateful to have witnessed an amazingly beautiful and sweet love between my parents of 56 years, so often buried in that way we too often take each other for granted. I'm grateful that I paused long enough to see each person in my family find the strength to make a difference in the midst of our crisis. All families have ups and downs, your family I'm sure has too. Remember to look for the love surrounding yours not just during the happiest of holiday moments, but each day. I hope in doing so you too will find the same measure of gratitude I am fortunate to hold today. Happy Thanksgiving to all the wonderful folks at Whole Foods!
11/15/2011 12:15:18 PM CST
Lisa Miller says ...
The Thanksgiving i am most thankful for, was in 2004 my younger brother had just lost his wife (Jen) to Cancer after being married only 8 months and our mother was diagnosised with cancer. My mother has a very large family and we have always been a close family. That year everyone of my mothers brothers and sister their wifes and husbands and my husband and his mother all went to Flordia from several different states to spend that Thanksgiving together. We had such a great time and we celebrated that Thanksgiving in Jen's name as she loved Thanksgiving with our family. My mother and my Aunts and Uncles made that Thanksgiving one that would never be forgotten. We lost our mother 6 months later and her one wish was that we carry on the tradition of having a large get together every Thanksgiving. Thanks to my Uncle he is carrying on that tradition.
11/15/2011 12:26:35 PM CST
Susan Smith says ...
When I was a girl of about ten my Mom was hospitalized for major depression which left my Dad to care for five of us kids as well as serving in the military as a career officer.Our Thanksgiving that year was memorable and one I was most thankful for as my Dad cooked the entire dinner in an age when men didn't cook much . Also,our neighbors showered us with pies-fifteen of them as well as the pumpkin pies that my dad had bought.We ended the day by waving to Mom from the hospital parking lot.My parent's love and our neighbor's generosity left a lasting impression on me!
11/15/2011 12:33:39 PM CST
Carin says ...
I'm most thankful for being spiritually alive through Jesus Christ and my confident hope for eternal salvation.
11/15/2011 1:20:16 PM CST
Maryann says ...
I am most thankful to have a supportive and loving husband, a beautiful home, two adorable cats and to have a chance to enjoy another holiday season with family.
11/15/2011 2:45:38 PM CST
Lisa Schaffer says ...
I am so very thankful for all six of my kids! Even though we've dealt with Asthma, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and complex heart defects twice, I am thankful for every experience I've been blessed to live through. Burying a child was the toughest, but oh, how I learned about myself and LIFE during my son's short 9 weeks here on Earth. I never imagined I would be a mom, and certainly not six times over. I am blessed!
11/15/2011 2:48:44 PM CST
Julie @BananasForBourbon says ...
The Thanksgiving I'm most thankful for is last year's. It was at my house and both sides of my immediate family was there (minus my brother in-law). I made the whole dinner, pretty much. I put my foodie spin on all the usual dishes and I was really happy with how it turned out. It was a cooking milestone for me, to be sure.
11/15/2011 3:03:44 PM CST
Lauren says ...
I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving. At the beginning of the year my husband and I were transferred from VA to CA, away from all of our friends and family. It seemed like a horrible thing at the time, especially because I was 7 months pregnant with our first child. However, living out here has been the greatest adventure of our lives. It hasn't been all easy and wonderful. My husband has been gone for military reasons a good portion of the time we've been here, and with a newborn that has been difficult at times. But the challenges have made us stronger people, and we are so grateful that we have had the opportunity to live in the beautiful Bay Area. This will be our first Thanksgiving with our son and we will be celebrating it together, just the three of us, and reflecting on all the blessings we have been given this year. It will also be our first Vegan Thanksgiving! :)
11/15/2011 3:26:54 PM CST
Johanna says ...
I am most thankful for the family God has blessed me with. Even when I think I'm getting overwhelmed, I wouldn't trade a day with them! Also so thankful that dear friends are traveling to spend Thanksgiving with us this year. Moving away from friends and family has been difficult but the visits are so precious when they happen!
11/15/2011 5:53:54 PM CST
Sara N says ...
The Thanksgiving that I am most thankful for was 2010. My boyfriends family is very close and has 3 boys and one girl. All 3 boys are firefighters in different departments. Between all of our schedules we never can have Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday. Last year is was Nov. 12th. The best part is knowing that no matter what day of the year it is the meaning still holds true. Take the time to appreciate all that we have been give and give thanks.
11/15/2011 6:30:01 PM CST
Marianna Limonchenko says ...
I am most thankful for Jesus Christ,my savior, who brought me out of the kingdom of darkness into His glorious kingdom of light and life. John 3:16
11/15/2011 10:14:30 PM CST
Melanie says ...
The Thanksgiving I'm most thankful for is coming up in 8 days! 3 months ago I met the love of my life and I could not be happier. Every year at Thanksgiving I say a prayer to thank God for my blessings but would also ask him to find someone special for me. I have finally met my "one" and I look forward to spending this Thanksgiving - and every Thanksgiving for the rest of our lives - together!
11/16/2011 7:59:05 AM CST
Jessie Sue says ...
I am most thankful for the Thanksgiving of 2001, because that's when I learned the truth behind the "holiday". It represents the murdering of an indigenous people, but it also allowed be to embrace the "no thanksgiving" holiday instead. I still am grateful for my family, friends, and life, but I choose not to forget the true meaning behind the holiday. Thanks!
11/16/2011 8:08:39 AM CST
Beth Mickens says ...
It's so true when they say you never appreciate what you have until it's gone. My family and I used to have traditions for every holiday: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas...and they always included a trip to my grandma's house. We would always gather together, play games, have fun, eat great food and just enjoy time with family that we rarely ever saw during the parts of the year. Then she passed away a few years ago and the tradition was broken. We no longer get together for holidays and when we do, it misses that spark that grandma brought. I may be sad and disappointed about how we have let the traditions die, but now that I am an adult with a family of my own, I am starting my own holiday traditions. She has taught me how important family is. Nowadays we get stuck in a work and money rut and forget about what's most important. I'm thankful for everything she has taught me the past 20 years that she was alive. And I'm even more thankful that I have a family that I have been absolutely blessed with to carry on those traditions with. Even more this will be my parents very first vegan thanksgiving! I'm so blessed that veganism has helped them both become happier and healthier. The transition for them was a cinch thanks to all the amazing vegan products that Wholefoods carries. Happy Thanksgiving!
11/16/2011 8:11:53 AM CST
B. Atkins says ...
The Thanksgiving I am most thankful for is this Thanksgiving. I think every year my gratitude for what life has provided me with grows. This will be my first Thanksgiving in San Diego. I moved here earlier this year, and every day since I have thought about how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful place. This year I will be spending the holiday with my family out here, who I used to rarely see when I lived in New York. I am thankful that I have become closer with them since my move, and that they have welcomed me into their tradition with open arms.
11/16/2011 8:20:46 AM CST
Stacy says ...
I am thankful for the Thanksgivings we had before both my grandmothers passed away. After that, the holiday didn't quite seem the same anymore for awhile. But now, I'm thankful that I'm realizing we're just so blessed to be able to share the food and good times with friends or family, wherever we may be.
11/16/2011 10:27:10 AM CST
pwkramer says ...
The Thanksgiving I'm most thankful for is the one I'm going to have next week with my coworker friends at Whole Foods Market Oakland. All of us at the meal are what we call "WFM orphans" because we've moved across the county, away from our families and where we're from, to work at Whole Foods Market and in particular, our amazing Oakland store. Eight of us are sharing Thanksgiving together this year. And, after the craziness of Thanksgiving morning work (which is always special and exciting in a way) when we've closed up the store, we'll all hed to my apartment up the street and eat ourselves silly with delicious Whole Foods treats. I've been a Team Member for four years and it's truly amazing how Whole Foods Market provides the opportunity to create new friendships and in a way, a new sense of a family. Working in retail sometimes seems a world apart from everyone else during the holidays (far from a time to relax, it's time to kick it up a notch!) and it is so special to share that with others. Happy Thanksgiving Whole Foods Market!
11/16/2011 12:13:46 PM CST
Ashley says ...
I'm most thankful for the last Thanksgiving I had with my grandfather. He always appreciated great food and family time. Our whole family cooked together all day and had so much fun! I just have such great memories of everyone sitting around the table enjoying the food and just being together. I'm very thankful for my wonderful family!
11/16/2011 12:41:26 PM CST
Jessica says ...
I am thankful for every Thanksgiving! Especially the ONE that made me thankful for all the Thanksgivings I get to spend with my immediate family. The ONE I speak of was in college when a group of random people who were family-less for Thanksgiving came together, nothing turned out and "ate" in silence, still laugh about it! God bless and my you be with those you love!
11/16/2011 1:02:00 PM CST
ladyjake says ...
Eleven years ago, Nov 23, 2000 - My boyfriend and I were hosting both our parents for Thanksgiving dinner, for the first time, in our small one-bedroom apartment ... I dropped the beautiful and presumably delicious two-layer pumpkin pie on the kitchen floor as I was taking it out of the oven, and tried my best not to cry. BF insisted it was the perfect time to have a pre-dinner Champagne toast - I bucked up and headed to the living/dining room, glass in hand. He made a beautiful toast that ended with "Will you marry me!" We've been married for ten years and have been hosting both families - with all siblings and their families - ever since!
11/16/2011 1:19:12 PM CST
Sarah says ...
This Thanksgiving I am most grateful that through the power of prayer, a quest for the truth, an extremely supportive husband, kids and family and the amazing Whole Foods store here in Jacksonville, I am finally in control of my health. Thanks Whole Foods for your awesomeness!
11/16/2011 1:56:18 PM CST
David says ...
To my beautiful wife and best friend, who I'm thankful to have in my life and for her saying 'I Do' to a someone like me this past summer
11/16/2011 2:57:24 PM CST
Dan says ...
Last year's Thanksgiving was the most memorable because our twin girls finally came home with us after 3 weeks in the NICU. They were born 2 months premature but God gave us great doctors and nurses who took care of them. We are so blessed and feel like the richest people on Earth :)
11/16/2011 4:18:48 PM CST
Amy Gross says ...
Every year since I was a kid we have had the traditional jello mold, (the kind with three layers and the cherries in the middle). It is something that was passed down from my grandmother. The funny things is no one really ever eats it but it is always on the table year after year, sort of as a tribute to my grandmother. (my father has the occasional piece). One year my mother and I prepared the mold and then put it in the spare refrigderator to jell. Thanksgiving Dinner was great and the next month when I went back for Christmas, we discovered the jello mold still in the spare fridge. We had forgotten to put it out on Thanksgiving! We cracked up! It makes me think about tradition and family and how important those things are. So important that we continue to make the jello mold every year and the memory of my grandmother stays with us.
11/16/2011 4:47:12 PM CST

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