What I’m thankful for: South metro residents sound off on what's really important this season


“I’m thankful for my family and the support they give to each other through my parents and siblings.”

— Jason Ahbe, senior
engineering program manager,
Greenwood Village

“I’m alive. I’m thankful for my family, for the opportunity to get my photography out there, thankful I woke up this morning. I try to incorporate gratitude in my life on a daily basis. Even if at the end of the day it’s just saying thank you for the roof over my head, the food in my refrigerator, my family, my friends, my health and my cat. That’s all covered. Everything else is just a wonderful benefit.”

— Suzanne Alvord,
photographer, Littleton

“I’m thankful for my daughters, who graduated from Littleton Public Schools. One’s an architect and the other’s a landscape architect. Their careers are a testament to the fine teachers they have. Now they’re going out and creating a better world. I’m thankful for millennials. I’m grateful for the Littleton Garden Gang. I’m thankful for our independent local businesses. People need to focus on what’s good around us rather than getting so caught up in the bad things in the world.”

— Beverly Bunker, consultant,

“I’m thankful for daddy, mommy, Audrey, my teacher and my friends.”

— Annabella Cottingham,
student at Platte River Academy,
Highlands Ranch

“I am thankful for every breath I have and everything I have. I love Colorado, and I love being here. The people are very friendly.”

— Kathleen Dougherty,
retired/former real
estate agent, south Denver

“I’m just thankful that I’m alive. I’m blessed, God is watching over me. My mom is still alive, she’s 88 years old. Things are going our way right now. I can’t complain. We have a roof over our heads.”

— Faun Hardiman, a
caregiver in the Denver metro area,
including in Englewood

“I am thankful for living in Englewood. When my husband and I downsized, this was one of the areas we were looking at. It’s a great neighborhood. It’s just friendly. We have great neighbors, we’ve been welcomed in, and I just like the community.”

— Casey Johnson, volunteer at the Malley

Recreation Center, Englewood

“I’ve got my health and my beautiful daughter… Being able to spend time with family and friends is what it comes down to — and drinking good beer.”

— Eric Klump, Parker

“I am a Christian and have a relationship with Jesus and am thankful for the hope that He brings me.”

— Becky Lee, nonprofit worker, Littleton

“I’m thankful for my family and that we are together and that everyone is healthy and happy — even when the kids are crazy.”

— Alicia McMahon, stay-at-home mom,

“I’m thankful my wife just had hip replacement surgery and is recovering nicely and she’s not going to be in pain anymore. I’m thankful for our two sons who live here close by and our six grandchildren who we get to see almost every day.”

— Pat Nolen, engineer, Lone Tree

“I’ve been through some health issues, so I’m thankful I’m feeling much better. I’m thankful for my friends here at work, they’ve been so supportive, including my boss. I’m thankful, of course, for my family — my family from Morocco calling and checking on me every day, and my family here.”

— Dija Pfefferkorn, makeup
artist and esthetician, Larkspur

“I’m thankful for my kids and I being safe this year. Living the best life, all the things that I have, all the people in my life that have helped me, my friends and my family.”

— Crystal Scheinost, store manager, Castle Rock

“I’m thankful for quality time with my adult children. They’re back home and not going to college. I try to really appreciate those quiet moments of coffee with them in the morning or evening conversations — just those stolen moments that we take for granted.”

— Ann Summers, school administrator for Littleton Public Schools, Littleton

“My wife and my kids. I’m thankful for friendships. I feel like we’re building bigger, better friendships this year than we have in the past.”

— Todd Wagner, bankruptcy
attorney, Highlands Ranch


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