By Andy Kriege, YSN

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —  William Arthur Ward

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving, YourSourceNews reached out to members, vendors and affiliated dealers to find out what they are most thankful for during this extraordinary year. We will be sharing their responses all this week.

While their answers are varied, the recurring theme in all of them is family. This Thanksgiving week, in spite of the many challenges we are all facing, we invite you to focus on what it is that really matters to you most, and to be filled with a spirit of gratitude. This appreciation extends not only to our immediate families but also for the fellowship that our extended group family affords us day in and day out throughout the year.


The Jones Family (l. to r.): Grace, Susan, David, Faith and Hope in front.

“With everything that is going on around us right now, I am most thankful for the family that God provided me with. They have all been incredibly supportive and I do not know where I would be right now without them!”— David Jones, Jones Appliance & TV, Iowa Falls, Iowa


The Moquin Family: son Ethan, daughter Cassandra, wife Betsy and James.
Inset Picture: Granddaughter Leonna Ann

“I am thankful this year for the birth of my first grandchild, the health of my friends, the love and support of my family during this ‘COVID world’ and for customers I love to work for and with. Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!”— James M. Moquin, senior sales director, buying groups, Serta Simmons Bedding


Carolyn with her nephew, niece and brother on a recent trip to Colorado.

“COVID has made me realize how much I take for granted, including family, travel and getting to see people in person on a day-to-day basis … It takes more of a conscious effort to recognize the good when times are so stressful, but we really do have so much to be thankful for. I recently put an app on my phone that reminds me to rehearse what I’m thankful for each day because it’s so easy to forget. Happy Thanksgiving!”— Carolyn Keen, HR Department, Famous Tate Appliances & Bedding Centers, Tampa, Fla.


The Miller Family of Dan, Madison, Michelle and Alexandra

“I am thankful for the time that I was able to spend with family during COVID-19. In years past, I would miss multiple games of our oldest daughter playing softball. This month, Madison signed her national letter of intent to play for Kennesaw State University! Go Owls!”— Dan Miller, Regional Sales Manager, Guardsman