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To help us remember what really matters, we asked the community to tell us about what they are thankful for.

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“I am thankful for my faith and the ability to worship. For our family, especially our children and their accomplishments. My freedom, including the ability to serve the staff and students of HCSD.” — Kay Hatch

“Bill and I have so much to be thankful for in 2021. My 15-year-old niece Kayla has won her battle with Lymphoma. Our oldest son got engaged today! Our beautiful mothers seem to be aging backward and everyone is in tip-top health. My faith is at an all-time high. We are so grateful for our own good fortune and our loving family. We are ready for that 5K Turkey Trot with the cousins and Mom Daly’s homemade apple pies. I’m so excited for what the future and 2022 will bring. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.” –Erin Daly

“I guess what I’m most thankful for is my husband. He’s patient, forgiving of my cranky moods, generous to a fault, dependable, and most of all, honest. We like mostly all of the same things and laugh together often. After over 40 years together, we’re still in love and each other’s best friend.” –Eileen Spadea

“I am thankful for so many things but most of all for having my friends and family and knowing that we are here for each of us when needed. There are so many people going through troubles and problems and even though as we grow older the aches and pains increase but then we take a look at others and should realize that there is always someone worse off than we are. So be thankful for each day that you can rise and enjoy the sun and the air and all around us. As far as Thanksgiving dinner, my mom has been gone for over 30 years but each year no matter what I make her bread stuffing which is just pulled apart slices of break into cube sizes, adding a little salt and pepper and two eggs and either placing into the turkey or into a greased bread pan and baking as long as you bake the size turkey you are serving. Without this it would not be Thanksgiving.” –Kathy Frase

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“Very thankful for family, friends, and first responders including police, firefighters and nurses and doctors that do their jobs day in and day out.” –Linda Fraychak

“I’m thankful for my family that I still have here on this earth along with my beautiful animals, God’s beautiful creatures. Still thankful for being above ground. And I’m grateful and thankful for being an all-American Patriot who loves his flag and national anthem and military women and men!” –Anthony

“What am I thankful for? There are so many things in my life that I am thankful for and I feel so blessed for each and everyone of them. My husband Chad, we have been married for 32 years and I love him more today than ever! My two handsome boys Chad and Nicholas, they have grown up to be such good young men and I am so proud to be their mom. I am thankful for my beautiful daughter-in-law Nicole and my granddaughter Peyton, they both fill my life with such joy. I am thankful that we came to Spring Hill almost two years ago from Oldsmar. Have loved it ever since! I am thankful for our home and our jobs. I am thankful that my sister Paula and her husband moved to Florida from NY on October 1, 2021, and that my brother and his wife live here also. Family means everything to me and they will always be at the top of my thankful list. I could go on and on with the things I am thankful for!
Thanksgiving for my family is a day that we can all get together and just enjoy each other‘s company and eat some really good food. This year my oldest son Chad is hosting Thanksgiving dinner with his girlfriend Kayla and we are all very excited to go. My brother-in-law Andy, will be frying up a turkey and Chad and Kayla will be cooking one in the oven! We will have all the standard fixings and lots of desserts to go around! This is my most favorite time of the year because I get to spend it with my family and how can you not be thankful for that?!
In my opinion, life is too short, live each day to its fullest and always remember that there’s always something to be thankful for. Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but everyday in your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have. I want to wish everyone out there a very Happy Thanksgiving!” –Amy Robinson

“This Thanksgiving I’m most thankful for mine and my family’s health and happiness – and for the freedom and means to celebrate this earliest colonial festivity that originated in the 17th century. It is on them I’d like to focus my thanks, for it was they who created this fine American tradition under the severest of conditions. The first Thanksgiving was reportedly a celebration by 53 Plymouth Colony survivors who had braved the long, treacherous journey aboard the Mayflower to the new world; They helped establish our beloved country. The pilgrims held the first Thanksgiving feast to celebrate a successful fall harvest after enduring their first hard winter. There were 102 original colonists, but half lost their lives to disease and starvation.
Most of us can relate to the loss of loved ones and the pain inflicted by this contagious COVID monster. This year, I lost a sister to natural causes. However, unlike those 53 colonists, we have a relative abundance of food available at all times, and medicines, cures and comforts they couldn’t imagine. We are free to share this holiday thanks to the understated safety provided by the strong, constitutional protection of police and military, many of whom will be working as we toast.
Sadly, we still lose family members to disease, just as the pilgrims did, and live in a socially and politically divided country, as they did. Nevertheless, as an American, I am as thankful for our blessings as the half-starved pilgrims for that first bountiful harvest that sustained them through their second winter. They lost half of their population; In Florida, COVID is losing ground and our state is open and free. There is much to be thankful for.” –Larry Clifton

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