Image: Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark.
Part 2 of 3.
The Golden Hammer asked the question, “For What Are You Thankful?” We received responses from about three dozen community leaders out of about fifty to whom we asked the question. We’ll publish the responses in the order we received them in three parts – at 12:01 a.m., at 8 a.m. (while you’re watching the Thanksgiving Day parades), and at 4 p.m. (as you’re sitting around the hearth enjoying your tryptophan).
Jim Clark, Precinct 4 County Commissioner
“I am Thankful for GOD and all he has given us.
“I am Thankful to live in a country that is Free!
“My Family will give thanks on Thanksgiving day by serving those who are less fortunate and need our Love and Help.
“Then to spend time with our Family and share precious time and Love for those who matter most!
“This Thanksgiving I am so Thankful and Blessed with unconditional love from my friends and family. I am also so thankful and looking forward to the birth of my two grand babies within the next few weeks. Last and most importantly I’m overjoyed with God’s love and Grace.”
Steve Toth, former State Representative (R-The Woodlands), candidate for State Representative, District 15
“It was July, 1976 and the day before my family arrived home from our annual week of family camp. I came down for breakfast and to my surprise my dad was still there waiting for me. ‘What did I do now?’ I nervously thought. With a warm smile he said; ‘I’ve got business in Buffalo today, how about you go with me and we stop at Niagara Falls.’
“I am thankful for all the blessings and good health God has granted my family and me. I am especially thankful for the joy I receive every day from my family, including my husband, children and their spouses, and my beautiful six grandchildren. I am thankful for the wonderful parents that I have, and for all the valuable work ethic, advice and lessons they have passed on to me, even to this day. I am thankful for the opportunity to live in a free country, and to have had the opportunity to pursue my education and career, and to gain fulfillment in living my passions. I am thankful to Montgomery County for their trust and confidence in electing me to serve as Judge of County Court at Law No. 4, Montgomery County, as every day I believe our Court, with its wonderful staff, make a difference in the lives of many. I am thankful for the wonderful citizenry of Montgomery County, and I am proud to call this community my home. Happy Thanksgiving to All!”
Patricia Ann Cherry Tibbs, President, Montgomery County Tea Party
“I am so thankful to have been born in Texas, the greatest state in the greatest nation on earth, where the rights given to me by God are protected. I am also thankful to be married to my high school sweetheart with whom I share two wonderful children and three amazing grand daughters. My life is enriched by the many friends that I consider to be part of my family. I thank God for his greatest gift, the one I received by grace not by works. I am grateful we can still call ourselves a Christian nation.
“While I am thankful for all my family, friends, my church family and our community, this year’s Thanksgiving is particularly sweet for me. I am more thankful for my husband, Alan, than ever before. As we go through life, there are defining moments or seasons. This past Spring was one of those seasons. In early February, my husband was found to have a grapefruit sized tumor of colon cancer. We went through one of the most frightening times in our life together. I am overwhelmingly grateful that Alan is doing well. He is cancer-free after surgery and chemo. So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful to God for my husband and that we get to continue doing life together!”
Keith Stewart, Judge, County Court at Law Number 5
“I’m thankful for my wife, my daughter and my son.
“For my dad, brother and sister, and the years I had with my mother. This year I’m extremely thankful for my grandmother who just celebrated her 99th birthday!
“I’m thankful for my job, and the ability to serve the community on a daily basis, in a manner I feel I can be proud of. I’m thankful for the County Court 5 staff and the attorneys who work together daily, with utmost professionalism to keep the wheels of justice spinning swiftly.
“I’m thankful for the opportunities we have in this country to enjoy life, that many others around the world sadly do not have. Finally, I’m thankful for my great friends, many of whom I have known a good portion of my life.”
“I’m thankful that the Lord is in control of everything. I’m thankful that we live in an awesome country with a heritage that can point us to the greatest liberty for all. I’m thankful for my friends and family, for whom I’m excited to cook this year. And I’m thankful to remember that politics is not the most important thing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Golden Hammer readers!”
Matt Masden, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5
“There are so many things that I am thankful for. Here are a few.
“My God – He gave his only son Jesus, who died on the cross for all of our sins. He blesses us each and every day.
“My Family and Friends – On this Thanksgiving Day, we get together and have fellowship. We reminisce on days passed and look at our kids who are now becoming adults. Even though our mom and dad are no longer here with us, they will always remain in our heart.
“The Great Country That We Live In – As I was growing up my dad and mom were very patriotic. Dad was a marine and gave us direction we needed to go in. Mom and dad told us if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything. This great country that we live in gives us the opportunity to fulfill our dreams if you work for it.”
Ronnie Yeates, II, candidate for Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, Grimes County Assistant District Attorney
“I am thankful for the freedom to celebrate God for all he continues to bless me with: my family, my friends, and new experiences.”