Well, the Halloween costumes have been put away, the trick-or-treat candy has all been eaten (what, is that just me?), and stores have started swapping out autumn wreaths for tree decorations and snowflake-printed throw pillows. We're preparing to transition to the end of Daylight Saving Time — hooray for an extra hour of sleep on Nov. 4! — and in many parts of the country, people have already started breaking out the hats and mittens. But if there's one thing that really drives home the fact that winter is upon us, it's the feeling of leaving out as early as 5 p.m. to find that the sun has already set.

 

The hustle and bustle of the holidays will soon be upon us!  Are you ready!?  I’m not, but I do enjoy spending time with family, sitting around the dining room table at Thanksgiving, listening to stories, talking, and laughing, and lets not forgot the amazing food that for some reason we only cook during the holidays, but it’s oh so good!

 

Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday; every year it seems to be losing that original intent to celebrate being with family and friends. Much like Christmas it is commercialized and marginalized into a shopping extravaganza instead of spending time with loved ones that you don’t see often enough and truly being thankful for what we have in life. Too often we only think about what we don’t have.

 

So in honor of Thanksgiving we want to talk about the things we are thankful for having instead of wanting.

 

I am thankful for my husband who’s hard working, kind, and a good listener, I am so lucky to be able to face the joys and obstacles of life with someone I love so much.  I am thankful for my children who have enriched my life in ways too numerous to list, and for just being awesome! I am thankful for my grandchildren who are truly a blessing from God and I am thankful each and every day for the two of them. I am thankful for my family and that I still have my parents. I am thankful for everyone who reads what we write, without you we have no voice. We are thankful for Thunder Roads® Magazine of TN/KY and the people who work with us, for the team members that keep everything going as smoothly as possible.

 

The great thing about writing down what you are thankful for is you can see how many things are good in your life. There is so much more we thankful for.

 

We are thankful to all military members and their families for what they do to protect our freedom every day. No amount of appreciation will be sufficient enough to honor them. Let us just pray for them and their families. And a heartfelt Veterans Day salute of thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country while protecting the freedoms of our great nation.

 

We are deeply thankful for our READERS and ADVERTISERS and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.  May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year! Get out and enjoy this beautiful fall riding weather while you can and spend time with your family!

 

Ride Hard Live Free,

Denise & Scott