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Our Thanksgivings..

 We are thankful for..

November 6th. My job, and being able to enjoy what I do. - Chris

November 7th. The gift of being a mom. It's an incredible job and an absolute joy! - Nikki

November 8th. Pumpkin Patch (maybe she's thinking of pumpkin pie??) -Kate

November 9th. Our daughter who is happy and healthy - Chris


November 10th. My husband. He is my rock, my best friend and the greatest dad.

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