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Kat says ...
It was shortly before last Thanksgiving when I learned I was expecting a baby at the age of 41. It wasn't planned at all. In fact, my baby's father eventually disappeared from my life because he couldn't handle it. Still, last year I celebrated with friends who were happy for me and excited about my baby. By the time my daughter was born in May, her father returned to our lives. She was born six weeks early. At only four pounds and three ounces, she was a tiny gift. As I reflect on all the blessings of the last year, becoming a single mother was the greatest. My daughter has her father in her life and we co-parent our daughter the best way we can. In fact, I'll be having Thanksgiving at his mother's house as a guest of honor. I can't wait to share the gratitude I feel with my daughter.
11/20/2011 7:32:58 AM CST
Erin from Long Island says ...
My great Thanksgiving story is when we all drove upstate from LI to spend the weekend at my grandpa's other home. It is very, very old and very, very cold. Somehow, it all felt much more exciting and rustic!
11/20/2011 8:29:46 AM CST
chris lange says ...
Just thankful I can always have turkey on thanksgiving
11/20/2011 8:39:47 AM CST
Suzanne says ...
Nothing like having your health and being alive to share it with family and friends. I am thankful for every day that I can be with my children and the best friends in the world.
11/20/2011 10:20:50 AM CST
Lisa Mudgett says ...
This year's Thanksgiving is already turning out to be the most memorable because we just found out this week that my father does NOT have cancer. We weren't sure where we'd be or what we'd be doing for Thanksgiving, and now we know that we won't be in a hospital, but at home with family and friends enjoying our blessings together!
11/20/2011 11:13:04 AM CST
Mj says ...
it was a couple of days before Thanksgiving 4 years ago and I had called my sister to say that I would not be coming for dinner, it was the 1st major holiday after my divorce and my kids weren't sure who they wanted to eat dinner with yet and I was feeling a little sorry for myself and sort of urged everyone to let me this year. well my sis wasn't having any of it and said come on, "Dad's really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year and he wants you there1" I reluctantly went and as usual my my 83 year old father was the life of the party and my kids stopped by and we talked about the holidays past and we laughed so much and my dad seemed even funnier than usual....I am thankful forever that my sister talked me into going that Thanksgiving, because it was the last one I spent with my father.....he died unexpectedly right before Christmas.
11/20/2011 11:20:50 AM CST
Natalia says ...
I am most thankful for the health of myself and my loved ones. Let's face it without good health and good spirits, one can be reduced to nothing. I am also blessed with wonderful relationships, and my neverending optimism.
11/20/2011 11:22:16 AM CST
Donna Z says ...
What's most important to me is having a happy and healthy family. Everything else that God has given me is a bonus. I am always thankful.
11/20/2011 11:22:19 AM CST
Kitty says ...
The Thanksgiving I am most thankful for was the one we had when both my mother and father were still alive. I'll always remember that day.
11/20/2011 11:37:54 AM CST
Mollie Moll says ...
I am most Thankful for my immediate family. A husband that works hard to provide us with a very good life and two beautiful little girls that light up our lives! I am thankful that my parents and sister are healthy and happy! I am thankful that my in-laws are so close, it is so important to have family near. I am thankful for my SIL and her beautiful family who are our best friends. In short... I AM THANKFUL FOR FAMILY... the most important aspect of our lives.
11/20/2011 11:38:04 AM CST
trish holt says ...
I am so thankful for my family and friends. Last year 2 of our group passed away and it made for a less than great holiday time. However, each month this year we came up with a special way to honortheir memory, with everyone coming together this thanksgiving to celebrate their lives and start new trionsadit
11/20/2011 11:44:46 AM CST
Nicole Jankowski says ...
There are so many memories of Thanksgiving that create thankfulness in my heart, but one that stands out more clearly than the rest is the first one I shared with my husband. As he shared the holiday with my family, I had the sense we would be sharing many holidays together in the future. 15 years and 4 kids later, I guess I was right.
11/20/2011 11:46:51 AM CST
Keysa says ...
I am most thankful for the life I have been given. All of my experiences have been lessons and I've learned that life is good.
11/20/2011 11:49:34 AM CST
monica adams says ...
This Thanksgiving is going to be very important and special for me and my sweet husband because we are going to be celebrating that he is alive to experience another Thanksgiving! Last year, days before Thanksgiving, he was riding his bike to work as usual. An irresponsible driver-in the wrong lane of the road-hit him and as a result he was in very bad shape and had to have surgery. He still has many pains and difficulty at times, but we are very grateful that he is alive! Many thanks, Wholefoods, for helping us take care of our health and remind us to be grateful for all the good in the world!
11/20/2011 12:00:12 PM CST
Kim Roberts says ...
The Thanksgiving I'm most grateful for was 3 years ago. My sister, who hadn't been home in 10 years, flew in for our father's 90th birthday that same weekend. My son and his family came in also and I hired a professional photographer to come and take family photos in the late autumn afternoon. It was a beautiful day. It was also the last Thanksgiving with Dad, who died eight months later, one week before my parents' 60th wedding anniversary.
11/20/2011 12:06:37 PM CST
paula jackson says ...
I am thankful for many simple things that when added up equal to a beautiful loving life. We don't have a lot of money - never have -to but we have an abundance of the things that matter. I am thankful for my kind andloving husband of almost 26 years; our smart, strong,and balanced 18 year old daughter and our compassionate, intelligent and hysterical 13 yr old son; our 3 rescue dogs who keep us loyal and centered; good andand improving health and healthreal awareness; our parents - all 4 of whom are still alive, fairly healthy, and still independent; our siblings and their children who are living and loving in their own, unique ways; true, good and real friends; jobs we enjoy with paychecks that keep us afloat (even if barely we are still afloat!); health insurance; the good health of all those we love and hold dear; our home with a solid roof, good heat, and too much "stuff"; our pantry and fridge full of food; our cars that are currently working just fine and getting us all safely where we need or want to go; our closets full of clothes; appliances that work and allow us to function on a daily basis; technology to help us find what we need, discover new worlds, and stay "connected"; quiet times and times full of raucous laughter! I am thankful....
11/20/2011 12:06:43 PM CST
su says ...
When I was a child the night before Thanksgiving was always busy with my grandmother making biscuits and coffee cake-from scratch without a recipe. My dad made pumpkin pies also from scratch and he always made two itty bitty pies for my sister and me to eat that night. My mom would get up at 4 or 5am Thanksgiving day to start the turkey and later she made chocolate steamed pudding with hard sauce and an amazing chocolate sauce. No written recipes for any of it-they just knew how to do it! Family came over and we'd eat and eat and eat, and after the kids watched tv while the adults played poker. Those days are gone,but I can still feel the warmth of that day, and the feeling of being safe and wrapped up in love. How I miss it.
11/20/2011 12:05:18 PM CST
Anastasia miliauskas says ...
I'm thankful that I had a great dad in my life for 33 years until he passed away this last July. I miss him more than anything. The holiday season is really hard this year, however, I have alot of great memories to be thankful for.
11/20/2011 1:16:49 PM CST
Jennifer La Pietra says ...
The Thanksgiving I was most thankful for was the last one I spent with my grandfather. We knew he would not be long for our world, so we treasured every moment together.
11/20/2011 1:19:59 PM CST
Lori Powers says ...
This year I am thankful for my health....spent the last 3 weeks in a panic after finding large lump in breast....this past tues I had surgery and had removed...benign ! Sad it takes such a scare to put life in perspective....but it has ! just looking forward to spending time with my family and friends. This year Thanksgiing has a whole new meaning
11/20/2011 1:57:00 PM CST
debbie says ...
I will always be thankful for my wonderful family and all the wonderful thanksgivings we shared at Pop and Dagmars at the kids table But I am also thankful my neighbor came home from Afghanistan safe! :D
11/20/2011 1:57:32 PM CST
Eleanor Stell says ...
My best Thanksgiving memory is when I was about 9 years old and my parents had the whole Polish family over to our house and I can still see my dad proudly carving the HUGE turkey for us all to enjoy. Good times, wish I would have known how special they were.
11/20/2011 1:58:43 PM CST
Stephanie says ...
I think the most memorable thanksgiving yet was my first one being married and my husband and I cooked the turkey and stuffing for everyone, it was kinda stressful making sure it turned out but it did :-)
11/20/2011 2:20:28 PM CST
Jill says ...
The Thanksgiving that I am most thankful and grateful for is Thanksgiving 2000, when I gave birth to my son. I had complications during my pregnancy, and went into labor a month early- and was blessed with the best Thanksgiving gift a mother could want.
11/20/2011 2:39:52 PM CST
Madeleine D. says ...
I'm most thankful for the Thanksgiving 15 years ago-- that's when I met my husband (10 years this year). We now celebrate with our combined families and are thankful for the many blessings we share.
11/20/2011 3:12:14 PM CST

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