In the spirit of the day tomorrow, a few Reporter-Herald staffers made note of what they’re thankful for. Leave a comment and tell us what you’re thankful for!
Theresa Haines, sales representative:
I’m thankful for my husband who scrapes the ice off my windshield on cold mornings; for my kids that will make me chili or hot soup when Im tired and for my crazy friends who are always there with a hearty belly laugh or a warm hand to hold. I’m thankful for them all as they bring life to my life.
Shelly Widhalm, reporter:
I am thankful for books to read, especially if they have two covers; my love of writing, my dog Zoey (who I snuggle with after a good or bad day and no matter what, she cheers me up); my friends and family. I’m also thankful for Starbucks and the Mandolin Cafe and Petsmart.
Sherry Lynch, front desk receptionist:
There were seven babies (close and extended) born to our family this year and all are blessed with good health.
Rick Vomacka, sales representative:
I’m thankful for celebrating 19 years of marriage. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. My two great boys that are healthy and make life a ton of fun; that our oldest son Ryan does not have arthritis anymore and he tied for first place in the Little League Regional World Series base running competition. Our youngest son Grant’s kindness, love for animals and his gift to create laughter and smiles.
I’m grateful for Colorado sunsets and snow caps; for a family that all watches the Food Network together and loves food, not to mention that my wife really can cook food like a cooking show chef!
Jessica Benes, reporter:
I am thankful for a good job and really great young adult authors (why are all the best books YA these days?) and my best friend, whom I still get along with despite having lived together as roommates for a year. I’m thankful for my Israeli dancing dad, sign language interpreting mom, rarely heard-from brother and self-employed sister, who is my other best friend.
I am thankful that I have traveled and have friends on the other side of the world and that I weighed less at the beginning of the year than I do now.
Jade Cody, special sections editor:
I am thankful that you don’t have to be able to draw to draw. Making pictures is my favorite.
I am thankful for my refrigerator, which I’ve named Disco, because it greets me everyday when I get home from work and gives me chilled items and treats. Cupboard and pantry, you aren’t as flashy, but I would still marry you, as well.
I am thankful for Pajama Jeans, because if they didn’t exist, I’d never have seen the Pajama Jeans infomercial, and I’d never know there was an option for comfortable, stylish jeans that give a flattering fit to most any figure. Forever Lazy Adult Footed Pajamas infomercial, you are equally awesome, and my gratitude is forever extended.
I am thankful for Jazz. Not the music (OMG barf), but my late German Shephard, Jazz, who taught me at a young age that being bored is the perfect time to have fun. Sorry to all the living things, action figures, sisters and ant hills that became subjects of said fun.
I am thankful for my new driver’s license photo, which makes me look absurdly similar to the kid from Home Alone.
In summary, I am also thankful for Pandora music, pizza restaurant smell, things my mom cooks, dentists who understand that I immediately go back to being a five-year-old when I sit in their chair, mustard and holding hands with Kim, my little kitty cat.
Madeline Novey, reporter:
I don’t know what I would do without my best friend and boyfriend, Sam Noblett. Each day is a new day with him, and we’ll forever laugh about absurd things, act, most times, like 5-year-olds, eavesdrop on people in restaurants (Wait, only I do that) and burn too many things to count on our culinary adventures in the kitchen. But joking aside, I don’t know what I would do without him or his sweet demeanor and huge heart.
Then there’s my family, of course. My mom and dad will forever be my heroes and inspiration to do good by people and work hard. And to my sister, Andrea, thanks for always being true to yourself and showing me what it means to be a strong, independent woman.
And to all of my friends over the years: It is because of each of you in your own way that I’ve not totally assumed the shy, nerdy personality I was born into.
Least I forget my cats, Delicia and Carlos, for whom without I would get far too much sleep and always have pairs of matching earrings.
Lastly, I must thank all of the people who have ever been subjected to an interview with me over the years of my reporting career. For without all of you, I would jobless, and too many others would be deprived of the chance to share in the story and heart of this and other communities.