Many families maintain a Thanksgiving tradition of asking each person at the table to share a few things they’re thankful for.  It’s a lovely thing to do: before we dig into all our favorite foods and then collapse in food comas in front of the football game, we take a few moments to really focus on the meaning of the holiday.

Even though Thanksgiving was yesterday, we at are still thankful. So we’re taking a few minutes to go around the electronic table and share. We asked our team members what they’re thankful for this year, and here’s what some of us are thankful for:

David: I’m thankful for the health and happiness of my family, my daughter, a job that allows for creativity and innovative thinking (even in the obituary category!), and Chicago and all the available culture and activities. 

Donna: I am thankful for my incredible family, and wonderful life.   Cheesy, but so true.

Hayes: I am thankful for my friends and family, especially my five-year-old son. And I am thankful that the New Orleans Saints continue to bring pride and hope to my hometown five years after it was nearly destroyed during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Jessica: I am thankful for my loving husband, my beautiful children, my bicycle, my green sneakers, and coffee and a donut on a rainy day (not necessarily in that order).

Katherine: I’m thankful for my first house, which I bought with my sister earlier this year.

Katie: I’m thankful that I am surrounded by loving family and supportive friends, that I have a great job that I enjoy, that someone invented maternity pants, and that I’m two years cancer-free.

Linnea: I’m thankful that my job always keeps me interested, that I’ll soon be an aunt for the first time, and that I’ve had a year filled with good health and good experiences. And I’m thankful for my goofy dog, good books, farmer’s markets, and the fact that it’s the time of year when you can get pumpkin-flavored everything.

Lynmarie: I’m thankful that there are no monsters hiding in the closet… and for the time spent snuggling with my daughters when I get to reassure them of this fact! I’m thankful for the second-grade riddle of the day and the delight simple things bring (and for wonderful teachers who dream up “riddle of the day”). I’m thankful for the GPS my husband gifted me–for the many successful trips it’s afforded my map-challenged self… and for my someone who loves me despite my bad sense of direction and other (not so easily remedied) challenges!

Maddie: Besides the most important, my family (which includes my dog, Maisy), friends, home, our jobs and our good health; I’m thankful for the small things in life that make my life so pleasurable – music, books, art, movies, restaurants, internet and my favorite drink, a Guava Martini (being a mom of four young boys – any mini-vacation in my head is something to be thankful for).

Mary: Recently my husband and I visited Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts for the first time. While we were there, we experienced a renewed sense of freedom and patriotism. We both were overwhelmed with gratitude for those who have fought and given their lives for our country. We are thankful for each individual and their families who have sacrificed for our freedom.

Megan: I’m thankful for my health and my family.

Melissa G.: I am thankful for the health and well being of my family and lifelong friends.

Melissa H.: I’m thankful for having a job that allows me to share laughs in people’s humorous stories, tears in their heartfelt sorrow, and in the ultimate life affirming hope of reaching out to ease another’s grief. I’m thankful that, while we may not have all that we want, my family and I have everything we need. (My apologies to the Rolling Stones)

Olivia: I’m thankful for my new healthy baby, Olivia (7mths), my two beautiful girls, Lilianna (6) and Aileen (9), and the love of my life, Miguel, who I just celebrated 10 years of marriage with. I am thankful for my job (thanks Legacy!) and my husband’s job. Last but not least, I thank God for taking care of my entire family’s health.

Pat: I am forever thankful for my husband, Mitch. He has been my rock, my anchor during my mother’s illnesses and passing this year. I don’t know what I would have done without him.

Richard: I’m thankful to be married to Susan, who accepts my myriad quirks and foibles with a smile!

Stopher: I guess it is pretty simple for me. I am incredibly thankful for my body and mind, and my family and my friends. With these intact I believe anything is possible.

About Linnea

I joined in 2000 as an obituary writer. In the years since, I've done a little of everything for our Operations team, from content review to customer service to creating web pages for funeral homes to training new employees to my current position, Content Manager. I love this position, because I get to write little bits & longer pieces - whatever's needed at the moment - and I get to proofread a lot, satisfying my inner nitpicker. And I love being on the blog team, because I get to write interesting features for the blog. I love to write! In my spare time, I... can you guess?... write. I'm hoping that one day I can add "published novelist" to my bio. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and cooking, baking, canning, making ice cream, and pretty much anything else in the kitchen. I love to read, compete in trivia contests, and attempt to keep up with my Netflix queue.
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