To celebrate Thanksgiving, we thought it was only fitting that we, the people behind Homes for Heroes, share what we are thankful for this year. But, before we get to what we are all thankful for, we would like to give thanks to our nation’s every day heroes. You are appreciated more than you know!
What Are You Thankful For This Year
Kacy, Vice President- “I am thankful for… My health, home, family, true friends and good food.”
Julie, Sales Director- “I am thankful for my work here at HFH. It is an honor to be able to assist realtors and lenders while helping heroes nation wide. I am also very thankful for my wonderful daughters and my amazing husband. Family is the most important thing to me.”
Kim, Accountant- “I am thankful for my family. My daughters are the light of my life and are such amazing people that I thank God everyday for them. I am thankful for my new son-in-law as well. He is a great addition to our family. I am thankful for my many wonderful friends who are always there for me. They range from 18 to 82 in age. Just lucky I guess!”
Ruth, CEO- “I am thankful for family, friends and the love and pure joy I receive from them. I am thankful for our company, its employees, our affiliates and the wonderful heroes, we serve. I am grateful to God for the many blessings in my life.”
John, Customer Service- “I am thankful for my amazing wife and child on the way, as well as my family, friends, and awesome team of co-workers I work with daily. I am also thankful for the Heroes out there that provide us freedom, safety, and education. Without them, I would not be able to be thankful for those I hold close to me.”
Jen, Success Director- “I’ll just quote one of my favorite sayings:
‘Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, Turn routine jobs into Joy, and change ordinary opportunities into Blessings.’ – William Arthur Ward”
Joe, Sales Director- “I am thankful for my wife , family/friends, which are really the same thing and my big dopey Great Dane. Oh and my FREEDOM!”
Danielle, Social Media Community Coordinator- “I am thankful for my amazing family, boyfriend and best friends. Life is literally too short to not enjoy the little things that matter most.”
Helen, Homes for Heroes Foundation- “Every single thing…even the bad stuff. The greatest of pains produces the greatest of rewards.”
Melissa, Office Administrator- “I am thankful for so many things in my life. I have a fantastic and caring family, a loving boyfriend, and his two beautiful children that I adore. I’m thankful for my wonderful friends and work “family” and last but certainly not least, I’m thankful for my 3 crazy rescue dogs that I enjoy spoiling (I even make their dog food)! I consider myself blessed to work for such an amazing organization in which I can give back to on a daily basis. I truly enjoy helping our Heroes and getting to know our phenomenal affiliates that constantly amaze me!”
Sandra, Sales Director- “I am thankful that my entire family is in town this year to celebrate Thanksgiving including a new baby and a new puppy. Lots of laughs, stories, hugs and love are in store.”
Umila, Payments- “As I grow older in age, I realized it’s the simple things in life that I am most thankful for such as good health, family and friends, food and a roof over my head.”
Wendy, Success Director- “I really have a LOT to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving. Moving back to beautiful Colorado Springs! That was a huge ordeal and something my husband and I had been working towards for a few years and with the both of us having “portable” jobs it’s like the stars have lined up for us. Thank you God! And we are still able to care for my mother-in-law who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s almost five years ago now. That’s really remarkable considering this is a fast moving and usually a debilitating disease.”
Vicki, Success Director- “I am thankful for my friends, family and for working in an environment that gives me a sense of worth and purpose.”
Annie, Sales Director- “I am grateful for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding which guards and protects my heart and mind. I am so thankful to have my son Samuel home from WY and my other son Benjamin at a school where he is flourishing!”
Luke, Director of Marketing- “Ok say it’s cliche, but honestly, I am most grateful every morning….when I wake; when I can get up and start a brand new day with a fresh cup of coffee. The house is quiet because I’m up before everybody else. Often times I can watch the three neighborhood chickadees who frequent my bird feeder nibbling away at seeds, and all of it reminds me how good it is to be alive. “This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will.” – If you’ve never heard this poem from Coach Bear Bryant, listen to it now. It’s a good one. Each day is a blessing, regardless of the outcome. Even if sometimes I prefer to re-write it, the day was still mine to have and live, and I’m grateful for every opportunity to do so.
After my wife and I celebrated the birth of our new baby boy this August, we experienced some difficult challenges. Sarah was unable to walk, relying on a wheelchair to get around for over a month. She then improved and was able to use a walker. Today, she is using a cane. She’s getting around better, but her legs are weak. She attends physical therapy 2x each week to regain her strength. Unfortunately, she’s still unable to walk while holding our baby boy, and emotionally that really hurts her. It’s been very challenging, but I can see she’s getting better, making strides to full recovery and I try not to think about what if she doesn’t fully recover (which is possible). I’m thankful for her improvements, the gift of our new baby boy Reid (here in his vest and bowtie – young chap) and all the moments we’ve been able to share together along with my two kids, Clara and Carter, as a family. Through it all, I believe our love as a unit has grown exponentially, and I’m extremely grateful for the strength of our bond.
I’m extremely grateful for the never-ending support and assistance we’ve received from friends and family. Sarah’s mother watches over both her and Reid while I’m away, working to pay the bills. Other family members or friends bring food, help clean, and drive them to numerous doctor appointments throughout the week; bringing a whole new meaning to “it takes an army.” I’m not sure how things would have gone if Sarah and I were left to handle these challenges on our own. We’re beyond blessed to have these people in our lives.
I am thankful to have a full-time job, doing what I enjoy (marketing), at a company I admire (Homes for Heroes), and working with people who have prioritized making the lives of others better. It provides financial stability for me and my family, in addition, it also provides me a method of giving back to people who have given their service to others. The core of Homes for Heroes, who we are and what we do, is extremely important to me and I am grateful to be a part of it.
Life, with all of its mud and treasure; starts every morning with a cup of coffee and a prayer, ‘This is the beginning of a new day.'”
Christopher, General Manager- “I’m thankful for God, my family, and the friends and colleagues I get to experience life with. I’m also thankful for the great team of people we have working at Homes for Heroes and the reason we all come to work each day — to support, honor, and thank our Heroes. And this sense of gratitude extends beyond Thanksgiving and exists the other 364 days of each year.”
Kathy, Affiliate Success Account Coordinator- “I am thankful for the life that I have and the opportunity to share it with family and friends.”
Sai, IT- “I’m thankful for the pretty lady in my life.”
Jeff, Technical Director- “I am thankful for my wife, children and everyone else who puts up with my dad jokes.”