What You’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving

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“I am most thankful for my four daughters. Each is absolutely unique! No two personalities alike. It’s like having four girlfriends who have very different lives, and each is great fun to spend time with alone. Nobody is more fun to be with than my girls. Funny how the age gap disappears when they become adults!” — Iris

“I am grateful for the time I had with my dad earlier this year. He became ill and had only a few months. He was always my hero, loving my mother, two brothers and me unconditionally. I spent my 60th birthday feeding him his dinner and was so grateful to do so. It will always be my most special birthday. I am thankful for his example — hardworking, caring about others, generous, positive and funny! He passed from this life, yet he is always with us.” — Sharon 

“I am thankful for my awesome parents and family. They ALWAYS make me feel like I am smart and can do anything I set my mind to, like I can conquer the world. They gave me the courage to try something new, to face difficult decisions, and they were there when things didn't go as I planned.” — Barbara

My Family

My Family

“I am most thankful for my four daughters. Each is absolutely unique! No two personalities alike. It’s like having four girlfriends who have very different lives, and each is great fun to spend time with alone. Nobody is more fun to be with than my girls. Funny how the age gap disappears when they become adults!” — Iris

“I am grateful for the time I had with my dad earlier this year. He became ill and had only a few months. He was always my hero, loving my mother, two brothers and me unconditionally. I spent my 60th birthday feeding him his dinner and was so grateful to do so. It will always be my most special birthday. I am thankful for his example — hardworking, caring about others, generous, positive and funny! He passed from this life, yet he is always with us.” — Sharon 

“I am thankful for my awesome parents and family. They ALWAYS make me feel like I am smart and can do anything I set my mind to, like I can conquer the world. They gave me the courage to try something new, to face difficult decisions, and they were there when things didn't go as I planned.” — Barbara

A Moment of Clarity

A Moment of Clarity

“In July 2013, one of my brothers had a heart attack. Two thankful points come to mind directly. Not only is he doing very well, because of the medical processes, his physical health is better than it was prior to the event and he has more clarity and focus for his life in many areas. The other reminder for gratitude happened during his brief hospital stay, as so many other families were making living and dying options, where for all of us, our family members were relatively healthy, all of our limbs and internal organs functioned, and our brother was on a fast track to healing. This has been a lesson in how one moment changes the perception of importance in day-to-day matters.” — M. Ann

“I am thankful for for my wonderful children and my health and strength. Life is simple, we make it complicated.” — Antoinita

The Little Things

The Little Things

“I am thankful for the joy I find in my life every day. The way one of our rescue dogs Rosie jumps on my husband every morning is almost like she is saying, ‘We're still a family!’ This makes me laugh and fills my heart with joy. What a glorious way to start the day.” — Linda

“I am most thankful for the family that I have whether we're blood or not. I'm thankful for life and it's many splendid things that makes it so worth it. The smallest of things like a hello can change a person's outlook for the day. I am also thankful for all the people that have made an impact on my life, no matter how small. I simply cherish all those that I'm fortunate enough to meet.” — Andrea

My Support System

My Support System

“What I am thankful for may seem simple, but when life can be so complicated and stressful, it is having that one person in your life who brings you peace and joy. May sound corny, but that would be my partner and soulmate Richard. No one I would rather hang out with and spend my life with.” — JoAnn

“I am eternally grateful for our rural family doctor. She could be making so much more money in the city, but instead people like me pester her at school, at church, and even at the grocery store asking about rashes or symptoms of some sort or another. She patiently handles us all in stride and gives better care than what we could ever get in a city. Although her many hours and countless free services fly under the radar most of the time, I would love to recognize her for her selflessness and valuable service.” — Boxley

“I'm thankful for all the people who have gone out of their way to help me walk the right path.” — Laura

For the Bad With the Good

For the Bad With the Good

“This has been an extremely rough year for my family financially. Through it all we have remained strong. I am thankful for a healthy family and the love we have for each other. As I tell my boys, we may not have much but there is always someone who is in a worse situation than we are!” — Raquel

“I am thankful [to] the people who surround me who know my flaws and love me anyway. The people who continue to encourage me, even when they think it is not going to work. The people who console me when it doesn’t and the people who never say, ‘I told you so.’“ — Robin

“I am thankful for so many things in my life, including the bad. Even though the bad can be so hard, it also serves to help mold me into a better stronger person.” — Janie

Being Able to Build a Rewarding Business

Being Able to Build a Rewarding Business

“I am most thankful for a career as an entrepreneur and business owner that allows me to spend time with my two sons and husband. Being a business owner gives me a feeling of pride and personal success, while allowing me to share my love and joy with my boys each and every day!” — Deborah

“Working with my son at our shop BlackCat Music. It is a real pleasure to work side by side in building our business and taking it to the next level — a real destination spot in our neck of the West Virginia Panhandle.” — Janet

“I am so thankful that we have the opportunity to run our own business. Working from home allows my husband and me to home-educate our children, focusing not just on “honing in” their learning but leaving time to really experience life together as a family. We’re raising incredible human beings who already know the value of hard work, the joy of interacting with all kinds of people as they work alongside their parents and the freedom to dive passionately into sports and prioritize quality “hang time” with other families and friends who are also pursuing life with gusto.” — Angela

Miracles

Miracles

“My granddaughter, Olivianna will be one year old on December 11. She was born four months premature, she weighed 1 lb, 12 oz. She was in the hospital for three months, and when she got out, she had to have laser eye surgery on both of her eyes. When she was in the hospital I called her Our Wee Warrior Princess because I thought of how she kept fighting on to overcome any obstacle to thrive and strive. She now weighs 17 lbs and is slightly behind in her development, but what she lacks in stature she more then makes up for in feistiness and temperament. She's the miracle I never knew I needed to look upon to help save me for a future I know is going to be, well, a miracle as well.” — Cheri

Being Alive

Being Alive

“Each day and whatever it brings! Seven-and-a-half years ago, I was given a two to five year death sentence due to cancer. It has returned three times since, but I'm still standing, still hoping, still believing and still fighting. I am thankful for life!” — Debbie

“Thankful for another day of living, watching my son grow up, joy of good friends, hearing that cardinal at my bird feeder, food on my table for dinner, that I can type this email, gardening, playing with my neighbor's dog, shopping.” — Lanette

“I am thankful for being alive today! I am thankful I have a partner, our dog, a job, a warm apartment that's in a somewhat safe neighborhood, friends and family. I am grateful I am trying to live without eating meat, saving the animals in many ways, and taking care of Mother Nature every moment I can. I am thankful that I have the ability to be thankful and hope that the world can change and that we can change and believe that this can happen!” — Allison

“I am 84 years old. I am thankful for life, having friends and family who keep me busy and active.” — Bo

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