~Shared by T. Compton

My Creator. A loving family. Faithful friends. Each new day. The chance to try again.

These are the things that I’m most grateful for. As author Melody Beattie says: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.”

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” ~ New Living Translation.

Woodloch Pines Special Events Coordinator Amanda Gallo says she’s abundantly blessed. That’s she’s thankful for her family “and especially for Tommy to wake up. That I’m back with the love of my life, and we’re taking the right steps forward. I could sit here and tell you a million things Im thankful for. I’m very, very blessed.”

Woodloch Pines Reservations Supervisor Mariann Crandall shared from the heart: “I am thankful for a husband who is understanding, patient and kind. A man that would do anything to make me happy, and someone that I can’t imagine life without.

“I am thankful for a sister who is my best friend – someone I can call to talk about anything – someone I can laugh or cry with.

“I am thankful for my two-year-old nephew, who surprises me everyday with his knowledge, for his hugs and kisses and for when he tells me he loves me to the moon and popcorn and chips!

“I am thankful for my mother-in-law who definitely is one of the best cooks (besides my mom)! I always look forward to whatever she’s making. A simple dish like baked sweet potatoes with carrots are just better when they are made with her love.

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“Finally, I am so grateful to have had my mother, even though my time with her was cut short, she passed away 2 years ago. She was my best friend. She always supported me and stood behind the decisions I made. She never judged me for my choices and always told me she was proud of me.”

So, what tops your gratitude list this Thanksgiving?

“A busy year at Woodloch, a healthy family, and great people to work with,” says Woodloch Pines Resort family member/owner Steve Kiesendahl.

“I’m thankful for my family and my health,” says Woodloch family member and Special Events Manager Brooke James.

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“I’d have to say my family. They’re always positive and upbeat and they’d help you through anything,” says Woodloch Management Trainee Alexis Peregrim.

I once saw a card depicting a family gathered around the Thanksgiving table, with a child speaking from her heart. “We have so much to be thankful for. One day a year hardly seems adequate.”