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Cool Kids

Mackenzie Chadderdon, Sierra Sanchez, Kellen Chadderdon, Kylee Gladson and Meagan Soehn

11/01/2009 - Thanksgiving and Christmas … the two holidays that close out the year rush past us in a blur. That is, if you're over 18. For everyone under that magic age, time creeps along between the eating of turkey and Santa's trip down the chimney. Thanksgiving, that special American holiday, can be nearly forgotten in the busyness of the season, at least in the retail world. Families, however, still treasure this holiday, and kids are growing up learning to appreciate the day and all for which it stands. I recently chatted with five cool kids who shared what they think when they hear the word "Thanksgiving" and all for which they are thankful:

Mackenzie Chadderdon, daughter of Bryan and Jennifer, 10 years old, 5th grade at Fort Casper Academy

"I think about being with family, dinner and turkey. We get to see some of our family that we don't get to see that often, so that's kind of fun. I think of all the things I'm thankful for like being able to know Jesus and being able to have great family and getting together and stuff."

Sierra Sanchez, daughter of Michael and Miranda, 11 years old, 6th grade at Dean Morgan

"I think about getting together with family and eating turkey and ham. I'm thankful for having a house and a nice loving family. I'm also thankful for having a good church and a good school."

Kellen Chadderdon, son of Bryan and Jennifer, 7 years old, 2nd grade at Fort Casper Academy

"I think of giving things to other people. The holiday is pretty fun. You get to eat turkey! I'm thankful for God and my family."

Kylee Gladson, daughter of Jennifer Gladson and John Lichty, 10 years old, 5th grade at Sagewood Elementary

"I think of turkey and my family being together and us just having a good time and eating carrots and turkey. I'm thankful for my family and all my friends because they're like my brother and sister. I'm also thankful for God being in my life because without Him, I wouldn't be here today."

Meagan Soehn, daughter of George and Lynette, 11 years old, 6th grade at Casper Classical Academy

"I think of giving thanks for all the things God has given me over the year. I also think of FOOD! Especially pumpkin pie. I'm thankful for my family, my friends and that I have a house to sleep in."

I love to see those things for which my kids are thankful and how that changes over time. The past two years I have handed out note cards and asked my family to write down those things for which they are thankful. I later included these notes in my scrapbook. Have you thought about the things for which you're thankful as you prepare for Thanksgiving this month?

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