What We’re Thankful For

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It’s a time, not just for stuffing your face, but to reflect on what you are thankful for. Here at Barista Kids we are thankful for our wonderful readers—the ones that have been reading us from the beginning and the new ones who just discovered us. And we’re thankful for the group of talented writers that make our site a great resource for parents.

Personally, I’m thankful for a husband who supports me, makes me laugh and gives great foot massages. I’m also thankful for the weekend morning cuddles I get from my Gilmore Girls.

Kristen is thankful that: “all three of my kids are in elementary school. First, they catch the bus together at 7:50 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. I never thought that would actually happen. Second, my kids have reached the age of cuteness without all the work. I want to freeze time while these sweet, loving creatures are 5-, 7- and 7-years old.”

Here are what the other baristas are thankful for:

I’m thankful for a wonderful town of businesses and individuals willing to open their doors and electrical outlets to their community. I’m also thankful for those who were willing to ask for and accept help – I know how difficult it can be to do that. I’m thankful for my son’s love of riding the school bus and attending his new school. And I’m thankful that my daughter’s preschool handles temper tantrums so well. (My daughter’s, not mine.) I’m thankful that I continually meet excellent people around my way, and I’m thankful that those I’ve already met understand that long spans of not getting in touch don’t mean I’m not thinking of them. I’m eternally thankful that my partner in life puts up with my oddities and my love of science fiction television. I’m heartbreakingly thankful for a warm home, healthy children, and a full, working refrigerator. I will do my best not to take them for granted again. ~ Kristin Wald

I’m thankful for my best mate Michelle and my Baristanet grrrlfriends for getting me through a rough summer and crazy autumn. Here’s to another year of news, good coffee, and making me laugh (at myself). Honorable mentions: Beyonce, Montclair State University, the nice folks at Whole Foods Montclair, the Red Eye Cafe, and my building super Henry. ~ Jenn Schiffer

I am thankful for my wife and daughter, and their health. We’ve learned not to take health for granted in our family. And we are all healthy and happy this Thanksgiving. I am also thankful that my relatives and friends on the shore survived Sandy, and their homes are ok. I am thankful for our home, and the jobs me and my wife have that provide for our home. I am thankful for the little things… like the greeting I get from the dog when I come home. I am thankful my daughter looks like my wife, because I would make a very unattractive woman. I am thankful for the laughter we all share every day together. And for the meals we share together. I am thankful for my wife, my rock and my best friend. She has given me the life I always dreamed of. ~ Justin Mannato

My sense of humor and the knowledge that even on my worst day I really have nothing to complain about. ~ Holly Korus

This year, I feel like there isn’t anything I’m not thankful for! I Seeing so many lose so much in Hurricane Sandy, I am grateful for absolutely everything – my family, my home, my community, and of course those basics: heat, electricity and the Internet. ~ Anna Sandler

Grateful for… one son settling in so well at college and the other one growing in surprising ways…friends and family at my side for some rough times…clients new and old…books, hair dye, a great chiropractor, and dark chocolate…not necessarily in that order. Oh – and a new appreciation for what happens when you plug something into an outlet. ~ Lisa Romeo

PBS! ~ Tara Williams

I am thankful for ELECTRICITY! And my house and this community which (mostly) pulled together during a time of hardship for many. I am also thankful, of course, for my family. ~ Christina Gillham

I’m very thankful for my two favorite people– my wonderful children who never cease to amaze me. I’m thankful for the love of a husband who never stops making me laugh. I’m thankful for family and good friends, for working with great people and doing what I love — editorially at Baristanet and clinically as a therapist. Everything else is gravy. ~ Liz George

This Thanksgiving I’m particularly thankful to have my family and home intact, together, and in good health. I am happy that we live in a community where I feel a strong sense of accountability and responsibility to care for others less fortunate and in crisis. I am thankful to have a day set aside to remember all our blessings. Count them, people! ~ Annette Batson

I’m most thankful for my kind, loving husband and daughter. I’m also grateful for the rest of my dear family and fun, thoughtful friends, near and far… and for fabulous coffee. ~ Dana Hawkins-SImons

What are you thankful for this year?


  1. POSTED BY pac2  |  November 21, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    I am thankful that my child is in remission for leukemia. Life is good.

  2. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  November 22, 2012 @ 7:00 am


    I’m thankful to hear that good news. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. POSTED BY Liz George  |  November 22, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    pac2 — thanks for sharing that good news. Bless your child.

  4. POSTED BY walleroo  |  November 25, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    I am thankful for many things, among them all you Baristapeople.

  5. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  November 25, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    Thanks roo. Right back atcha!

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