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The Thanksgiving I'm Most Thankful For Contest

CONGRATULATION TO OUR WINNER YESSENIA FROM CLERMONT, FL. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR GREAT COMMENTS!

Wow! What an overwhelming response! We were moved (moved to tears in some cases) by your heartfelt stories. Congratulations to Yessenia T. from Florida who was randomly selected to win a $50 gift card. There certainly is so much to be thankful for and we hope that everyone had a memorable Thanksgiving. Several years ago, I set myself the November challenge of posting on my Facebook page one thing I was thankful for every single day of the month. It surprised me how simply focusing on gratitude shifted my perspective and lightened my mood. And sharing that gratitude was uplifting to my friends and family, too! In honor of thankfulness, we’re holding a contest. For a chance to win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card, all you have to do is respond in the comments section below by November 24 (which just so happens to be Thanksgiving!) with a few sentences describing “The Thanksgiving I’m Most Thankful For.”

The winner will be chosen at random so you don’t have to be an English major, just willing to share your story of gratitude with the rest of us. To inspire your efforts, here are a couple of Thanksgiving tales from our very own Team Members:

L’aura: "Nearly two decades ago, a bunch of Team Members (most of us without local family) decided to celebrate Thanksgiving at someone's house in Palo Alto. Because of the holiday, the drive down from North Bay on a Thursday was unnaturally quiet and peaceful. I entered a house full of people and food, including eight different kinds of pie and the first turducken I had ever seen. After dinner we went for a walk around the neighborhood to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather. Back at the house, a co-worker got out his guitar and we lounged around the living room listening to music and talking till the sun went down.

I'm thankful for the memory of such a peaceful day spent with like-minded souls in a beautiful part of our country — and that I work with such friendly people who welcome all like family."

Liz: "Years ago two friends and I had just moved to Galveston, Texas, where we rented a beach house. Thanksgiving was approaching, so we each invited one new co-worker for dinner along with their partners. The plan was seven of us for dinner. Just before our guests were due to arrive I went to the phone booth across the street to call home. A dog followed me and on the way back I met a man without dinner plans, so I brought him and the dog with me. Eight for dinner. Moments later a car filled with six people stopped to ask directions. I didn't know where they were headed but asked if they wanted dinner, and if so to come on in.

They did. Fourteen. One roommate brought two more people he met on his walk on the beach, and the dog invited a cat. We had a lovely celebration with a patchwork of new faces.  Isn't that what Thanksgiving was originally about?  Communion with people who are strangers. It will live in my memory as the most unique and wonderful Thanksgiving ever." Who and what do you remember from the Thanksgiving you are most thankful for?

Tell us in a few short sentences in the comments section below by November 24 for a chance to win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card.

If you’re still in the sharing mood, stop by our Holidays hub and share your holiday snapshots with the Whole Food Market community and show us how you celebrate. While you’re there make sure to check out our festive recipes, cooking tips and entertaining guides.

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Crystal Maya Cathcart says …

Thanksgiving this year is the one I am most thankful for. It is the first Thanksgiving my family will share together on which we will all be living under the same roof, and the first that my daughter will have since her adoption last month. Raising two daughters as a young mom in graduate school has been a blessing in that I have more time to spend with them, but less money than ever. I have been working odd jobs at all hours for the last few weeks to be able to afford our usual vegan Thansgiving dinner. I finally had enough money today to go to Whole Foods and stock up! The menu: Egg nog, red wine, pumpkin biscuits, cranberry sauce, skillet cornbread, smothered seitan in mixed mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, chocolate pecan pudding pie and a pumpkin cheesecake with candied cranberries! All vegan of course! My small family will eat, be thankful, and then hit the beach. We live in Hawai'i after all!

Suzanne Colville says …

My favorite Thanksgiving will be this one. While being ill for my entire life since infancy, I was finally diagnosed with a Primary Immune Deficiency Disorder. This is so rare, only 1 in 35,000 to 50,000 people have one. In the past, I had been called a "drama queen," Munchausen's, mentally ill, etc. No one believed that I was ill all of the time for real, but I really had been since infancy. Now I've been on intravenous gamma globulin infusions for a year and my bloodwork has almost become normal. This is a life threatening disorder and I am blessed to have lived to the ripe old age of 63 and hope to live for a few more years in much better health. I am very thankful this Thanksgiving, indeed! Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Melanie Dollar says …

Last year's Thanksgiving was like none I had experienced before, and the one up until this point that I am most thankful for. At the time, I was a senior college student studying abroad in a restored Franciscan monastery in Ambialet, a magical town located in southern France. My six fellow students and I planned a Thanksgiving meal for a group of local townspeople and our French professor who had never celebrated the (American) holiday before. The meal, complete with au jus gravy, French wine, and Roquefort cheese, provided the perfect time to sit with new friends and give thanks for our many blessings. I learned that while Thanksgiving may be named an American holiday, it is foremost a phenomenon that all humanity understands and can take part in.

Jennifer Sproha says …

I am thankful for my strong legs and healthy diet provided mostly by Whole Foods produce to get me through the 10K Turkey Trot in LB.

Joan Meador says …

I am thankful in particular for the last 3 Thanksgiving's and the one coming up. My Mom has advanced Alzheimer's and Dad is 89 and every year I am afraid I will be celebrating alone. I am so very happy and grateful they are still with me to enjoy this day and also thankful for my loving husband and Bentley Dog.

Mary Gallagher says …

I am the mother of eight children and my husband died when the oldest was twenty years old. For many years I got up early on Thanksgiving Day and prepared the largest turkey I could find, along with all of the traditional trimmings. As we all got older, my children married and our family grew bigger and bigger. Finally my daughter, Patricia, said that she would have Thanksgiving dinner at her house. The first thing I think of every Thanksgiving morning is, "Thank you God for this day and for Patricia. I don't have to stick my hand in that cold turkey and get it ready for dinner."

EK says …

My father was just diagnosed with throat cancer (stage 4). He will lose the ability to talk and eat for quite sometimes. I'm most thankful that our family has him to celebrate this holiday meal with us (thanks to the best Turkey WF sells) on Thursday right before heading for a 12 hour surgery. Here's hoping for a painless recovery.

Stephanie A. says …

I am most thankful for the kindness of strangers. Nearly 20 years ago, my college roommate invited me to spend Thanksgiving with her family. Midday we set out for the typical hour and a half drive on the turnpike from OH to PA. We heard that bad weather might be coming our way. We didn't let that stop us since the weather looked fine when we started out. It didn't take long to realize that we would have a longer drive than normal. The roads began to fill with snow and ice and the traffic started backing up. At the worst point we were at a complete stand still for hours and stuck on a bridge in the middle of nowhere. We were in desperate need of a cell phone and a restroom. As the hours passed we got out of our cars and began talking with our fellow stranded travelers. One of them let us borrow their cell phone. My roommate called her parents to let them know were stuck. We had no idea how long it would take us to get there. Turns out the roads were so bad the highway was shut down. Cars were backed up for miles waiting to exit at one ramp. The whole trip took us 8 1/2 hours! As for the restroom, we had to resort to using a cup and tossing the liquid out the window. Not the most lady like thing I've ever done, but what is a girl to do when nature calls? It is a Thanksgiving I will never forget.

Stacey D says …

I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving. For the second time, I will be hosting my dad's side of the family - all 20+ or so of them, as well as my husband's parents. It means a lot to me as my grandparents are now in their 90's and not up to hosting the annual family dinner any longer, so without this, we wouldn't see a lot of the cousins. I'm grateful that my boys will be able to know their extended family, particularly their great-grandparents. I was blessed to have known several of my great-grandparents well enough and long enough to have memories of them, and am working to make it possible for my boys to also have those memories.

Beverly says …

I am thankful for all the luck in my life....the luck to have been born to the parents I had; to have three amazing brothers; four wonderful children all seeking to find happiness in their lives; seven perfect grandchildren. I'm thankful that I have so many friends and that I'm not hungry, cold, uncared for or unloved. I'm thankful that I am loved. I'm thankful for being born in this country with all the terrible things that made it and all the wonderful things that shaped it. I’m thankful that I live where I live. I could not have asked for this life so I'm thankful that it happened to me. I'm thankful for having met the person I love most and that I’ve had the great luck to have been with him for so many years and that he wants to be with me still. I'm simply and truly thankful for my luck.

Kullough Cashat says …

In 2007, I got remarried to wonderful man. He married me knowing that there was a good possibility I could not have more children. (I had 2 from a previous marriage.) We began the process of IVF about 18 months after we got married. Amazingly we actually "conceived" on our 2 year anniversary which was March 17, 2009. Our baby was due in December and the pregnancy started out normal. In September 2009, I was put on bedrest due to complications and we were taking it day by day. Our son, Nicholas Jagger, was born on Thanksgiving Day! November 26th, 2009, he made his grand appearance. We continue to be thankful every day for him and the blessing he has brought to our family.

Crystal Adkins says …

I'm , thankful for my family all thru the year,not just thanksgiving and christmas. My, family is always the same no change in them. We, don't keep drama going on in the family. Very, blessed and love my kids and grand kids there the best from heaven....

jennifer says …

The Thanksgiving I am most thankful for is the one nearly 16 years ago (it was November 23) when my wonderful son was born!

Jennifer says …

I am very thankful that I got a seat on the Amtrak train before it sold out so I could travel 5 hours to see my husband for Thanksgiving. Being together is the most important part of the holiday for me.

Josephine Grosch says …

I am thankful that I have wonderful family who love me very much!

Becky W. says …

I am thankful for each and every year that I get to spend with my family. But it is this year in particular, I am most thankful for because ALL of my extended family (which is rare, on an annual basis) will be there. Unfortunately, my auntie (my mom's baby sister) was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer a month ago and the doctors predict she will only be with us until May. It is under the most devastating of circumstances that we WILL all be together, but I feel so incredibly blessed that my auntie will be surrounded by all of her loved ones for what may be her last Thanksgiving. This year, it's not about filling myself up with yummy eats, it about filling myself with love, laughter, tears and time...with my beautiful family. Time is such a precious thing. Something a full table of food can NEVER replace.

Megan R says …

I am most thankful for my coworkers who work at Children's Hospital in the Emergency Department with me. They have taught me so much in the past year and a half and made me feel like a part of the great team that we are. Unfortunately, I have to terminate my position to go back to school full time, but I will miss each and every one of them for their guidance and friendship.

Tammy J. says …

I am grateful that my daughter and I made it this far. I got a job after 2 years of unemployment and I am paying my bills. I am thankful for getting the insurance I needed by getting my job back to cover her treatment for migraines. I love my apartment! I love that I can grill on the back porch! I am grateful for my daughter who is growing up and turning into a fine young lady. This year a been a challenge for both of us. I got my old job back just 1 month from my benefits ended. Our health may not be the best, but it is not the worst. I am thankful for the peace in my home and the independence both myself and daughter charish. I am thankful for the hard lessons because they have made me strong. We do not have everything we wanted this year, it proved to be quite a struggle; but we are still here! I am grateful that my mother is still alive. All is well, everything is working for my highest good and out of this situation only good will come and we are safe.

Denise says …

I have to admit it is this one. I always hide and wait til the New Year. Considered the Original Scrooge. I went to the Day Shelter to take some food and toys I collected on Saturday morning. To my surprise the Shelter was closed. There were women outside the front door on the cold concrete in blankets trying to keep warm. One asked me for change to get some coffee. I said no. The Shelter is where they go to get breakfast on Saturdays. I gave one a comforter from my car. I drove off. My conscience whipped me to near death. I stopped at a convenience store and bought some coffee and breakfast sandwiches and took them back to the shelter and served those women breakfast. No more pitty party for me. My blessing and purpose was to serve them breakfast that day. Can't wait to serve them again this weekend.

Jacqueline I says …

The Thanksgiving that I am most grateful for was last year. On our way home after leaving my mom's house my boyfriend thanked me for having a family that treats him as family. I was reminded how blessed I am to have the family that I have....as a kid we used to have a project that we did together; thinks like making soap or candles. As years went by that tradition fell away as we went through stages of my cousins and I not being too interested in such activities with family. This will be the 3rd year that we have brought that tradition back. I can't wait to bring home my bees wax candles. That distinct smell in the house throughout the winter reminds me of how great my family is.

Ida says …

I found someone I had been looking for all my life without knowing it consciously and he sacrificed everything he had to be with me. For that I am thankful this year and all the years to come.

rimma says …

I am thankful to God for every Thanksgiving we celebrated as a family. In this turbulant times its nice to realize how blessed u r to have your husband, kids, parents, brothers and sisters and their families around. My heart is full of joy and thanksgiving to God when I think of that.

Pam Henderson says …

Nov 17, 2007 Saturday before Thanksgiving, my husband & I were in car accident. Unfortunately he did not survive & I was in hospital 2 1/2 weeks. Even though I was in hospital that year, I was & am very thankful to be alive spending time with my 3 adult children, grandchildren & extended family.

zarrish says …

This thanksgiving I am grateful for my wonderful family. This will be my eleventh year being away from home but they ensure they let me know I am still an important part of family and I am missed

Lisa Kaye says …

Thanksgiving has always been my boyfriend's favorite holiday. Unfortunately, because he tours the country with a Broadway show, he rarely gets to sit down with family to a real turkey dinner. Last year, as a surprise, I ordered the prepared Turkey day meal from Whole Foods Catering. I traveled to upstate NY to join him on the road. While he was working, I decorated the room with candles and all the delicious foods from Whole Foods (also his favorite.) When he arrived "home," he was so happy! We were both very grateful for the food and the company!

Alisa says …

I'm most thankful this Thanksgiving for another year on this planet and for the fact that I'm a few inches closer to my dream and that not the final result is the goal but the journey. I'm thankful for some amazing people who have helped me through this not-so-easy journey, and am thankful for my own perseverence.

Karen Brush says …

I am very thankful to have my mom of 82 years of age always at our table for Thanksgiving. She passed away l yr ago and will always b missed for the holiday.

glenda quinonez says …

Last year's "turkey-less" Thanksgiving is the Thanksgiving that is most special to me. I "labored" intensely, in all sense of the word. That Thursday evening, we said our traditional grace and sliced our delicious 26 lb wholefoods turkey. I had just placed a forkful of meat in my mouth when I immediately spit it out...I could not take my labor pains anymore, and my husband and I rushed to the hospital. It was a pretty surreal experience, here I was at my house on Thanksgiving dinner...an event I look forward to with the greatest of anticipation all year long, and as I headed in my car, each and everyone of my family members came to see me off and give me their blessing. It was both sweet and annoying, and I could not stop thinking about my obstetrician joking about how I would "most likely" have a Thanksgiving baby and end up eating hospital turkey...to which I obviously gagged. That night, very late...my body yet again showed proof that miracles happen every day, as small and as little as they be,my little miracle of joy was born..my sweet baby Sofía, who for some strange reason, is always happy and reminds me and those around me everyday, that there's many reasons to be thankful for.

Clarke S says …

The Thanksgiving I'm most thankful for it the one last year. My grandpa had undergone 6 brain surgeries and had cancer and things were bleak for our family. But thanks to blessings and miracles of God he was somehow restored from both and able to join us on thanksgiving where we all cried from being so happy to be together, all together. :) God bless everyone this thanksgiving.

Barbara says …

The Thanksgiving I am most thankful for is the one we celebrate tomorrow (or actually on Friday, since my younger son and his fiance can't be here until then). I am thankful for each Thanksgiving celebration the Lord allows me. This year, just one of our three children will be at home with us,and I am thankful for that one being here. I'm thankful for a wonderful husband and three wonderful children and their spouses and our two grandchildren.

Mona says …

For years our family Thanksgiving celebration involved lots of extended family members and a large feast. Due to certain circumstances, the large celebration became a small celebration. My daughter missed those large gatherings so much that four years ago, she began inviting the Sanford Police, Fire and EMs workers who were scheduled to work on Thanksgiving Day. The workers rotate through and we now have a large celebration again. Her small children love seeing all of the uniformed people come through during the day and my grandson dresses up in his police and fireman outfits to fit right in with them. Her church has now become involved and together they have lots of turkey, ham and all of the fixings. A day to thank them for their service to the community all through the year. We have much to be thankful for. We are truly blessed!

Monica says …

The Thanksgiving I am most thankful for is this one. I haven't been able to see my family in about a year and I am truly miss them. It would be great to see them all again and to play Guesstures....our family tradition.

Charlyne says …

I am so thankful for my husband, who wholeheartily wanted to connect with a sibling his dad had out of wedlock. They had not seen each other in over 30 years. During Thanksgiving 3 years ago, he reached out out to her and her children (two teens and two adults). They all live in NY and we live in TN. Since my husband works for an airline, he was able to give them buddy passes to come share Thanksgiving with our family. They stayed with us for a few days and we had a wonderful time getting to know each other and my 3 teens connected with cousins they had never met and it has been a great relationship over the last couple of years. We are now preparing for an even greater holiday gathering this year where all 3 of my husbands siblings and our families will come together for the very first time along with his Dad and Mom (who also have not seen this sister in over 30 years and have never met her children). We are so Thankful to God for restoring broken relationships. Happy Thanksgiving all!!

Erin from Long Island says …

My first semester away from home in college was very hard on my. I was homesick constantly and upset with myself for being such a baby. When I got to come home for Thanksgiving and see not only my Mom and sister, but my whole extended family I was thrilled. It was like a four-day hug I will never forget.

Mary says …

I'm thankful that I have my family to celebrate Thanksgiving no matter how small or how big.

Sree says …

Hi, It was a potluck lunch in November, a few years back, at one of my friends home where we, 10 friends gathered for a pre-thanksgiving lunch, late in the afternoon, as every one had travel plans for Thanksgiving. All of us, shared some anecdotes, and jokes, and the rest of the afternoon was spent with a variety of good food - Asian, Mediteranean,and traditional turkey, pumpkin pie etc followed by some games, until every one left at dusk. I went home in the evening, with the lingering memories about the stories shared by my coworkers that afternoon. Most of them went through hard struggles in their life, growing up in foster homes, living with step dads or step moms. Some stories like being in school with no family support, getting in bad relationships, getting exploited because of no support and some of them even shared how tragic their relationships ended. But every one felt so happy to spend an afternoon with a bunch of loyal and supportive good spirited souls. I felt so thankful to my parents and grandparents because of whom I have a memorable childhood with love and care, and also for their support through out my life. Many thanks to all parents in the world for sacrificing their own pleasures and ego and for making a dedication to raise their kids as responsible and good citizens. I learned to appreciate what I have, rather than to complain about what I don't have!!! Let's be appreciative, and thankful!!!! Whole foods, and whole mind!!!!

Cristal says …

This Thanksgiving is the one, God willing, that I will be the most thankful to experience. My husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 stomach cancer that spread to his liver in 2009, just weeks beofre our 1-year wedding anniversary. We've moved across the country and again 2 more times while my husband has gone from treatment center to treatment center looking for hope while we battle and pray for a cure. He nearly succumb to this disease 2 months ago during a 3-week stay at UCLA. The doctor's gave up on him, but we prayed and believed and he's here. While our lives may not be perfect, it's our journey and we're here,- one day closer to the cure. I am most thankful for that.

Barbara Baker says …

I am thankful for being able to share with my love ones and that God has truly blessed me throughout the year.

Joan m says …

The Thanksgiving I’m most thankful for was getting to spend the last one of my mom's life together, even though she wasn't expected to live that long. It was the certainly the most inconvenient one---having a make shift facility ( a nursing home) to prepare everything, because of coming from a different state. Both of my siblings and their families came as well, and we joked about the resourcefulness of us all. Our mom marveled in the fact that we were able to pull it of, and happy that we made the trip, although for weeks she was imploring us to all stay home, enjoy the day and not be inconvenienced. We wouldn't have had it any other way....

Shannon says …

I'll never forget my first thanksgiving away from home. My brother and his wife and I were all living in Houston, going to graduate school and it was the first thanksgiving for all of us with no family around. It was going to be just the three of us and my roommate. Bot hhis wife and I were excited about venturing out on our own and cooking thanksgiving dinner by ourselves for the first time. In fact we were both so full of ideas we couldn't decide what to make. I wanted the traditional famiyl turkey, she wanted to try something new. My borhter wanted me to make my mom's stuffing. She wanted her family's. Her family awlays had certain side dishes and our others. After much friendly debate and attempts at persuasion we were still at an impass. Finally my brother had enough. He put his foot down and said "thats it, we're making all of it" and would allow no argument as to the foolishness of that. So there we were the 4 of us in his little apartment with 2 turkeys, 2 types of dressing, 2 types of cranberries, and endless supply of side dishes - not to mentions the 3 desserts! Now every year the family question is "well, what shall we have 1 turkey or 2?"

Dee says …

First of all I'm very Thankful for my family and our health. Second thing I'm very Thankful for is my job. My husband and I lost our jobs in '09, then in 2010 I finally landed a job. I see the struggles that this does to someone and it's a hard road given the crisis we're facing but we have to have faith and believe that something really good will come out of this. I love that I have a job.

Lorie says …

I'm especially thankful for this Thanksgiving. It's not the usual celebration where everyone gets together at Nany's house with all of the children, grandchildren and great-grands. But this year my parents are coming up to my home to have a quiet celebration with me. With a newborn and 3 older siblings (4 and under), it would have been a tough trip for me to pack up the van and take the trip down to Nany's. It just reminds me how parents make sacrifices without thinking twice - and I'm sure I'll be the same type of parent when my children are older.

Wm Dillion says …

The year was 1987. I had just moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, and didn't know anyone. I got a bottle of Wild Turkey, two Stouffer's Roasted Turkey meals (with stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy) & watched re-runs of The Cosby show all day long. It was nice to pretend the Huxtables were my REAL family, if only for a day.

Monica Pascatore says …

This is the Thanksgiving I'm most thankful for. And each year ahead I hope to say the same thing. My husband and I decided not to travel this holiday but instead stay put, cook a special meal at home and spend some quality time with our daughter (this is her first 'real' Thanksgiving). While we were initially rather sad not to see our families we are happy and thankful knowing they are healthy and enjoying the holiday with other loved ones!

Gaines says …

My family and I are truly foodies, and frequently show our thanks to all our loved ones through our traditional East and/or West home-cooked meals. Hence, we take this opportunity to convey our special thanks to Wholefoods for opening its doors here in OKC just in time for the 2011 Thanksgiving. We currently live in a little town an hour away from the newly opened Wholefoods and this is where we have been excitedly making the effort to do the much awaited grocery shopping every weekend ever since. Yes, we are beside ourselves now that we have our very own Wholefoods. We now enjoy plenty of delightful local and international food and culinary options and we are always tempted and thrilled to try some new food items that are totally unfamiliar to us. In a nutshell, seeing the freshest vegges and fruits is like candy to the eyes! By the way, our Thanksgiving spread today was nothing but superb! For the first time, we as a family, savored the yummy homemade roasted organic turkey, the freshly roasted chestnuts in our flavorful stuffing, the crunchy organic brusselspouts with garlic chips, chile flakes, and olive oil, and the organic fresh cranberries in a sweet piquant chutney. As for dessert, we used those lovely organic red raspberries to make our favorite to-die-for raspberry pie. And oh, talking about organic, our family has made Wholefoods organic chicken as our "official" Sunday roast chicken dinner! All we can say is the long lost thought of going back to basics has now been made possible. This is the Thanksgiving we are most thankful for!

joselito says …

Several years ago, I set myself the November challenge of posting on my Facebook page one thing I was thankful for every single day of the month. It surprised me how simply focusing on gratitude shifted my perspective and lightened my mood. And sharing that gratitude was uplifting to my friends and family, too!

jackie z says …

Every Thanksgiving with my family is a special one to me!

Kristin says …

I was going to school in Houston and flew home to Kansas to spend Thanksgiving with my family. My boyfriend lived in Arkansas so I wasn't going to get to see him for the holiday that year. My parents and sister picked me up at the airport and we all went to a movie before heading home. When we got out of the movie, we walked towards our car and my sister whipped out her camera and a guy got out of the truck parked next to our car. It was my boyfriend! He decided to join my family for Thanksgiving that year so we could spend some time together since we didn't see each other very much while I went to school in Houston. It was the most special Thanksgiving - and now I enjoy each Thanksgiving holiday together - as man and wife!

Amanda O says …

Last Thanksgiving was one I will always be thankful for. It was my last one with my mother-in-law. She fought a vicious cancer for almost a year and passed away in July. Her spirit of thankfulness and cheer will be missed on the 24th this year, but she will still be there with us.

Erin says …

I anticipate that this Thanksgiving will actually be the one for which I am most thankful. It will be my first Thanksgiving with my boyfriend and I feel that is something special.

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