The attitude of gratitude was expressed by Upper Valley residents when asked what they were thankful for this holiday season.
To begin with Ashton’s Brittony Young was thankful for her family and her job.
“My husband and my two boys and my boss and coworkers,” she wrote.
Randy Worrall was grateful the recent election kept the same political group in power in Washington D.C.
“(I am) thankful for continued Democratic control of the U.S. Senate,” he said.
St. Anthony’s Eric Brotzman expressed gratitude for his extended family.
“I’m most thankful for my son and his wife for making my very first grandchild,” he said.
Sugar City resident Heidi Vela said she was grateful for friends.
“(For) those that are willing to extend a hand in time of need even when they too are struggling,” she said.
Tia Christensen said she appreciated counseling services.
“We all have things to get through, and it’s just so helpful,” she said.
Becca Nead said she was glad her family had moved to Sugar City in 2019.
“The schools here versus the other school they (were) at was like night and day,” she said. “I feel like we were welcomed with open arms, and I am really thankful for that.”
One man noted that Sugar City is a good place for retirees.
“(There are) a full agenda of healthy fun activities that make Sugar City such a wonderful place to call home,” said Dan Porter. “We’re free to express our religion, expand our talents, enjoy so many activities with family and friends in a slower pace than perhaps one would in a larger-faster paced environment.”
Timothy Frogue said he was “thankful for the roof over my head.” Elizabeth Turnbow said she appreciated her loved ones and friends. Heidi Vela is thankful for “Those willing to extend a hand in a time of need even when they too are struggling.”
Alana Lovato Humphries said she was grateful for her faith.
“I am also thankful for my family, those who came before me and after. I am thankful for a wonderful safe community to live,” she said.
Claudia Mecham expressed appreciation for “the safety I feel when walking around my neighborhood and just an overall feeling of well being.”
Former Alaska resident, Becky J. Harrington said that she was thankful for the kindness Sugar City residents have shown her and her husband.
“Although we live in a RV at the Sugar City RV Park, we have found that the people here in Sugar City are the most compassionate and super nice! We are thankful for the small community that we now call home,” she said.
Corey Green, owner of Green Solutions, said he was grateful for the region supporting his business.
In Rexburg, Courtney Schwartz expressed appreciation for her pets.
“I’m grateful for animals and the happiness and love that they bring into our lives,” she said.
Jeff Reynolds said he was thankful that his loved ones live nearby helping them to get together often.
Kristen Hughes expressed gratitude for law enforcement.
“I am thankful for the Rexburg PD, and all that they do for us,” she said.
Mary June Burns was thankful for her health and her faith.
“I am grateful to God for lengthening my life,” she said. “I went through cancer three times. I am grateful for the gospel. The knowledge of the gospel (has) brought so much peace in my life. “
Tanya Haws says she’s grateful for health insurance “so I can afford my medical needs.” Becky Clarke said she was thankful for “peace in my life.” Shelby Davis is thankful for her husband and her faith.
Cassidy Mason expressed thankfulness for diversity.
“I am grateful for diverse backgrounds, and cultures, and that we can attain so much from each other,” she said.
Tracy Hadden said she was grateful for “a heater that works.”
Hadden’s fellow Rexburg resident Todd Beck appreciated living in a peaceful community.
“I’m grateful to live and work in a small town with virtually no traffic,” he said. “Well, except Highway 20 interchanges, but other than that mess...”
Emmie Moses was thankful for her house.
“I am grateful for my home, that we can afford it, and that it protects my little family from the Rexburg winds and snow!” she said.
Lorelei Stewart said she was grateful for her seven children.
“Then to top off everything, my 17 grandkids — nothing else would matter without them,” she said.
Robin Kennedy was thankful for her faith.
“I am thankful for two missionaries who knocked on my door back in 1978,” she said.
Larissa Udy was also grateful for her faith.
Susan Winters expressed appreciation for her husband.
“We have been together 42 years and have wonderful kids, grandkids, great-grandkids — all because two people fell in love,” she said.
Katrin Gustin is thankful to be alive.
“I’m grateful for life! To experience all this life has to offer with the man I love,” she said.
Gustin’s fellow Rexburg resident Joni Brammer appreciates getting an education.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to go back to school again after being away for 19 years,” she said.
Maddie Stead was thankful to live in a place that supports her beliefs while Airon Sellers expressed appreciation for “mothers and their examples.” Lore Kajek was grateful for her family and friends.
Becci Kayser said she was grateful for living in a safe community.
“The Rexburgians are my kind of people,” she said.
Cherie Hodgson was thankful for her family her faith, a good job and nature.
Naomi Houston said she was thankful for life’s challenges.
“I’m thankful for my trials. They are awful in the moment, but I look back to see how far I have come,” Houston said.
Angel Linhart also expressed gratitude for his family and his faith. Whitney Askelson said she was thankful for her doctors. Heather Bennett was grateful for “freedom and those who protect it.”
Burns summed up residents’ feelings.
“There is always something to be grateful for,” she said.