Image: President Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States, pardoned the national turkey, November 20, 2017.
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).
For What Are You Thankful?
Webb Melder, former Mayor of Conroe, commercial realtor, Lone Star Groundwater Conservative District Board member
“I am thankful for being ‘saved and forgiven’ by the Grace and Love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Lisa Michalk, District Judge, 221st District Court
“I am thankful for what God has done for me. For each day he gives me, for my husband Dan, for my sons, for living in a country where we are free to worship Jesus, I am grateful.
“God. Family. Country. Health.
“Thank you to all the men and women who have sacrificed so that we can live and raise our children in the greatest country in the world.
“I am thankful and blessed in many ways. I am most thankful that God has sent me a loving wife who supports me in all that I do. When I first ran for office her first response was ‘Have you Lost Your Mind.’ However, she has been there and supported me through it all. I am thankful that God has led me and has kept me healthy. I am thankful that he, God, has been in our lives through it all and if it wasn’t for his guidance and the patience he has given me through the years, I am not sure just where I would be. I am thankful to all the people who believe in me and have given me this job to serve and protect them. I am thankful to have such a great staff who work not only for me, but work with me day in and day out to get a job done and to serve the people. I have always asked that no matter who comes through our doors to help them and I thank them for the job they do. You know they say you cannot be a great leader without great people to lead and I am thankful I have the best of the best.”I thank God every day for my daughter and my two beautiful grandchildren for they are the light of my life. I am thankful to be able to put food on our table.
“I remember living on the streets with no home nor a penny in my pocket, but I was thankful to a family who fed me a meal a day and kept a tab on what I owed them, trusting I would pay them when I got on my feet, and I did.
“I am thankful to my grandparents who raised me and instilled in me right and wrong, even though when I did wrong growing up it did hurt just a little, and I had to set down a little easy.
“I am thankful to have been born in such a great Country.
“I am thankful to God each and every morning when I wake up and put my feet on the floor
“I am thankful for Thanksgiving, to be able to get together with family and enjoy a small feast.
“I am thankful to be able to put a smile on some ones face at Christmas time, for that fills my heart with joy.
“I am thankful for everything I have and all that I can give.
“I am thankful for so MANY friends that I have made over the years and so many people I have meet and had the opportunity to shake their hands.
“There are so many things I am thankful for, but the biggest – BEING SO BLESSED.”
Claudia Laird, Judge, County Court at Law Number Two
“I’m thankful that my kid poops in the potty. And that I have her. And that she is healthy. And that she is surrounded by people that love her. And that I can provide for her.
“I’m thankful for God’s forgiveness and second chances.
“I’m thankful for my parents and my close relationship with them.
“I’m thankful for my job and the people I get to work with, especially my staff and the other county court at law judges.
“I’m thankful my eyes opened this morning, that I don’t hurt, that I have a home and everything I could ever need…and then some.
“I’m thankful to have been born in a country and during a time when women are given opportunity.
“I’m thankful that I live in a community that shares my values.
“I’m thankful for my friends, and that they put up with me.
“And I am thankful for chocolate, cute shoes and one cute firefighter in particular.”
Cara Wood, District Judge, 284th District Court
“I am thankful to be with family to celebrate Thanksgiving.”
Gregory Parker, candidate for County Commissioner Precinct 2, former Comal County Commissioner, conservative author, information technology consultant
“I am thankful for my wonderful wife, my son, my siblings, and my loving mother. I am also thankful to God for the many blessings upon me and my family. I am thankful for being able to live in the greatest state and the greatest country on Earth.
“God Bless Texas and God Bless the USA!”
Mark Keough, State Representative (R-The Woodlands), candidate for Montgomery County Judge
“I am forever thankful for my wife Kim who is truly my best friend and pal, for my children and their spouses and my grand kids all who regularly express their love to Kim and me. I am thankful for the people who make up the Woodlands Bible Church who are so kind, giving and fun, and have honored me with the title “pastor.” I am thankful for the privilege of serving the people of my Texas legislative district #15 and my county, Montgomery County TX. Most of all I am thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ who has saved me, given my life purpose and loves me with everlasting love. ‘Behold what manner of Love the father has given unto us, that we should be called the Sons of God…’ John 3:1. God bless Montgomery County and God bless the Great State of Texas!”
Jackie Waters, retired schoolteacher, candidate for State Representative District 15
“I am thankful to live in the greatest state, in the greatest nation that has ever existed. I am thankful to be watched over by a loving God who has so richly blessed my life with loving family, friends, and community I am honored to call my home. I am thankful for the thirty-two years I spent with the love of my life before his passing in 2016 – I am comforted to know that he was called Home by Our Father and his time with us enriched the lives of everyone he met. Finally, I am thankful for the men and women who wear the uniform, whether they be military, law enforcement, or first-responders for putting themselves in danger to protect our great nation, our families, and provide the blanket of safety under which we all live.”
Diane Bass, retired Montgomery County Human Resources Director, community activist
“There are so many things for which I am thankful. I am thankful to have faith in God, who is there for me in good times and in bad. I don’t know how people get through life without belief in a higher power.
“I am thankful to have been born in the United States in a middle class family that provided me with opportunities I might not have otherwise had. Travel to other countries makes one more aware of how much more the average person in the U. S. has versus other countries.
“Last, I am thankful for my family and friends, and all the wonderful memories of loved ones who have passed and the times spent with them. Also, for my physical and mental health and capabilities that have enabled me to excel in at least some of the things I have wanted to do in life.”