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Giving Thanks for Family ***WINNER ANNOUNCED***

CONGRATS: Athena! I’ve emailed you!


Today we will focus on family. My family is my life. We are very close and love to spend time together. We especially love doing outings and now that I moved I miss them a lot. I am looking forward to seeing them next month so we can do some fun things again. My family is by no means perfect, but they are a great group of people who I love.


We all like having fun and doing things together.


Sometimes we don’t see each other for long periods of time but when we do, it’s like we haven’t been apart.

From close family to extended family to in-laws, I am thankful for them all.


And when we can, we always look for a reason to celebrate.


I am hopeful your family brings you joy too.

Today’s giveaway:

A PDA Blanket


To enter:

Tell me something fun you like to do with family.

All winners will be announced Sunday November, 29th so stay tuned and keep entering.

85 comments to “Giving Thanks for Family ***WINNER ANNOUNCED***”

  1. Darnell Hart
      · November 24th, 2015 at 8:07 am · Link

    My family brings me my greatest joy. Miss my daughter now that she lives so far away. Thank God for texting.

  2. Melissa Smith
      · November 24th, 2015 at 8:09 am · Link

    I love weekend mornings when my girls crawl in our bed and we watch cartoons, talk, and laugh.

  3. Tracey Parker
      · November 24th, 2015 at 8:16 am · Link

    Such a beautiful family!
    I always enjoy it when we can get together, eat good food, maybe play a game of yahtzee, have a few drinks, watch kids play, and just make more fun memories!

  4. Sheila Kennedy
      · November 24th, 2015 at 8:39 am · Link

    Every year my brother in law has a family reunion the weekend before the kids go back to school, With more food than should be normal, and all the people I never get to see because of life getting in the way. We try to go to Great America and have a blast. A group of 15 people can get loud, but we have lots of fun!

  5. Athena reed
      · November 24th, 2015 at 9:21 am · Link

    One of the favorite things I got to do with my family this year was walk on my 13 year old son’s team for the Omaha Austism Walk. Matthias headed our team he was supported by myself, his father- Randy, his twin-Abbey, 17 year old sister-Ambrosia,plus her boyfriend,my mother, my best friend and her year old son. Us walking proudly behind my son as he felt like a rock star was such an awesome experience. After the walk we got to play lots of games, the kids got to play on bouncy slides etc, we got to have a nice lunch an fill our bags with lots of cool promotional items that excited everyone. It was a perfect day , one free of the sometime hardships that make going out with my son hard on him and nearly impossible, since it was ran by the autism center they made it very autism friendly an easy on my sons senses without making it feel like it wasnt a normal event!!! https://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_heart.gifhttps://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif thanks for allowing me to share that day with you nowhttps://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

    • Milly Taiden
        · November 30th, 2015 at 4:55 pm · Link

      Congrats Athena! you won this giveaway! I have emailed you at the email address connected to this comment.

  6. Yvonne Massie
      · November 24th, 2015 at 9:26 am · Link

    cooking with their grandmother. I am talking about all the boys and men because I am not the cook around here. My 16 year old twin boys and their dad cook with his mom all the time.

  7. Melissa
      · November 24th, 2015 at 9:27 am · Link

    Riding around Christmas Eve looking at lights in the neighborhoods.

  8. Cindy Roberts
      · November 24th, 2015 at 10:02 am · Link

    On long road trips listening to oldies and trying to guess who was the artist and the name of the song. Trying to finely to beat my older sister at something…. Lol

  9. Jodie Bivins
      · November 24th, 2015 at 10:43 am · Link

    This year I am concentrating on loving the Grandbabies that are here instead of the ones I lost . My hubby loves to take me on short getaway this time of year but instead he sending me for a week with a bunch of the Grandbabies…….yeahhhhhhhhh

  10. Sandy Scheer
      · November 24th, 2015 at 10:51 am · Link

    My favorite thing to do with my family is take my Grandkids to see Santa. I’m afraid this might be the last year for my oldest grandson as he is 12 and thinks it to childish, but I still look forward to it.

  11. miki
      · November 24th, 2015 at 11:06 am · Link

    my family is really small ( my mother and my brother and me) so we are even more thankful to have each other
    we do love to watch Tv shows ( Ncis, criminals minds) and see who find the culprit first^^

  12. Elizabeth N.
      · November 24th, 2015 at 11:52 am · Link

    We love to sit around and talk with my husband’s family. We always have a great time doing that. It’s a way to catch up on what’s been going on with each other.

    With my family, we have a great time sitting around and playing games. It’s non-stop laughter and the winner has a lot of fun bragging until the next round.

    Thanks for the chance. That blanket would come in handy on these cold Ohio days and nights. :-)

  13. Bambi fogleman
      · November 24th, 2015 at 11:53 am · Link

    We love to do family trips. Dont care if it is 1hour away or 16 we love the cat trips and being together….https://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

  14. Jen
      · November 24th, 2015 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Since my dad had all girls, we celebrate holidays on the eve. So, this week, I will have thanksgiving with my family Wednesday. We have a large meal, then we play games. Think of those “Minute to Win it” games (like shaking ping pong balls out of a box strapped around your waist) and compete to see who gets the shortest time. All of us get involved, from my 67 year old dad, to my 13 year old son. Shockingly enough, my dad is the record holder in a couple of games, and there are rivalries. Lots of laughs are shared and lots of catching up. These holidays are some of the only times we are all together, and since we are a blended family who don’t all live close, the only time we see each other. https://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

  15. Tina M
      · November 24th, 2015 at 12:34 pm · Link

    We love getting together for game night. Add a few drinks and some chocolate makes it the perfect night..

  16. Twinkle Smith
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:37 pm · Link

    We love to gather at one of our families homes make lots of food and exchange stores of our past, and it’s suprises us when one of us tells a tell of our past and we’re like where were we at and OMG I can’t believe we
    are still alive. But we had some of the grearest times when we were younger, our families always got to gather, theses day it like no one has time any more, life theses days is always on the run wish we could go back to taking time to get togather more often. We try togather atless one every year, just because, we may not have another year, so we don’t say next year, we say make it now, and spread joy and happiness. There is always lots of food anyone one is welcome. I continuded that with my kid we get togather and even invite everyone we know, more times then I can count we had more people then could fit in our home so we would take it out side, I am always telling my children, it’s a hillbilly thing, and since we’re hillbillies we have to do the same as our families. :-)

  17. Stacy
      · November 24th, 2015 at 2:48 pm · Link

    We love to have movie Nights. With nO phones or other things to bother us and just bind as a family

  18. Sheri Secord
      · November 24th, 2015 at 4:23 pm · Link

    Unfortunately my family is spread out so we don’t get to spend holidays together. Just my Mother and II, so we look forward to the phone calls.

  19. jennifer beck
      · November 24th, 2015 at 6:15 pm · Link

    my mom because if it hadn’t been for her and her loving me no matter what I did ,my guess I would be in jail or have a bad drug problem.https://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

  20. Sheila
      · November 24th, 2015 at 7:03 pm · Link

    I’m thankful for my family. This Thanksgiving will be one of the few that we’ll be able to get together with both sides of our family.

  21. Antionette
      · November 24th, 2015 at 8:24 pm · Link

    My family and I like to have movie nights, and during the summer we like to walk the Strip in Vegas or just go out to eat somewhere and talk :) .

  22. Amber
      · November 24th, 2015 at 10:46 pm · Link

    We love to just make dinner together and then have movie nights. Most of the time its just my mom and me so we can be happy just laying in bed and reading next to each other. My dad’s on OTR truck driver and is only home on weekends so when he gets home we like to make a nice dinner and then we will usually watch a tv show or a movie.

  23. Shannon Burdsall
      · November 24th, 2015 at 11:03 pm · Link

    I love spending time with family! One Christmas tradition we do is go to Leavenworth to see the Christmas tree lighting.We also have family get together’s and BBQ’s!

  24. Georgia Beswick
      · November 24th, 2015 at 11:22 pm · Link

    I am stepmother of 5 children and two lives in my house. They don’t have many traditions so I have pass on mine. I love to cook for the Holidays and watch Hallmark channel Christmas stories. We have put up the Tree the day after Christmas. I love have everyone at the house laughing and eating.

  25. bn100
      · November 25th, 2015 at 2:45 am · Link

    go to the beach

  26. Ann I
      · November 25th, 2015 at 10:42 am · Link

    Now that everyone lives locally, it’s much easier to get together at my parent’s house for the holidays. We love to eat, talk, play games, and just play catch-up.
    Thanks for the chance and Happy Thanksgiving!

  27. V
      · November 25th, 2015 at 1:14 pm · Link

    I love to have pajama days with my family where we stay in PJs all day watching movies

  28. Michele Manes
      · November 25th, 2015 at 2:05 pm · Link

    Playing board games

  29. Natasha Persaud
      · November 25th, 2015 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Im not living with any family so it’s especially hard for me however when we do get together the memories we make are what I cherished the most.. the laughter,fun, poking,the vibes, digs everything that’s what I love the most

  30. Bonnie Bracken
      · November 25th, 2015 at 3:36 pm · Link

    I like to sit around and watch movies and share stories or play games anything that will bring us together especially for the holidays!!! Its so easy to lose touch with family but we manage to find a little time to hang out together ? ?❤

  31. Lourin Wheeler
      · November 25th, 2015 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Sadly, right now I don’t get to spend time with my family like I’m used to. Living over 3 states away makes life difficult because I can’t just go and see them when I want. But any time we do get together we usually will sit and play games as a family. Growing up me and my dad always battled playing Scrabble and who could get the most points. It eventually would just come down to my siblings and mom just leaving the table to let us continue playing until we reached our max score.

  32. Terry Galloway Trahan
      · November 26th, 2015 at 8:28 am · Link

    My family loves to eat!! LOL
    It seems like every single time, we are all in one place, we ALWAYS eat, laugh, reminisce, but most important, we LOVE.

  33. Debbie Rodriguez
      · November 26th, 2015 at 8:30 am · Link

    Love getting my family together anytime. After 7 years of my oldest 2 son’s not talking because of drama, it’s wonderful to have my whole family together again!

  34. Tina Alyea
      · November 26th, 2015 at 8:40 am · Link

    My family is the best but the thing we like to do for fun the most is go fishing. The last time we went the plug in the boat didn’t get put in all the way and the boat had 3 in of water by the time we made it back to dock lol.

  35. Melissa Powell
      · November 26th, 2015 at 8:45 am · Link

    Every Christmas we drive around and see all of the lights that people out on their houses.

  36. Jeannie Young
      · November 26th, 2015 at 8:58 am · Link

    We love visiting the theme parks together and seeing who can get soaked on the water rides!

  37. Chasidy Martin
      · November 26th, 2015 at 9:01 am · Link

    My daughters are in dance, so we try to find dance intensives in different parts of the US to attend. That way, they get to enjoy learning different techniques from different teachers, and as a family we get to enjoy the different cities and what they have to offer!

  38. Alysha Parent
      · November 26th, 2015 at 9:07 am · Link

    My daughter is just under 3 years old so her favorite things to do are visit the aquarium, go bowling and go camping. I love to watch her and see how much fun she has and how every experience is practically a new one.

  39. Samantha
      · November 26th, 2015 at 9:10 am · Link

    For us any time that we have together is precious. There are times where my husband’s job takes him out of the country for months. We just love chillin on the couch, watch movies, and just enjoying each other. The kids love just playing games, and putting puzzles together.

  40. Tammy Sanchez
      · November 26th, 2015 at 9:15 am · Link

    We like to hang out and catch up on whats going on in are lives when we can get together. Spend time playing with the children.

  41. Lisa Cottrell
      · November 26th, 2015 at 9:21 am · Link

    Play games, watch movies together, talk about comics

  42. Ashley
      · November 26th, 2015 at 9:38 am · Link

    Camping! We used to go camping all the time. It was time we disconnected and spent time with each other in the great outdoors

  43. Kathi
      · November 26th, 2015 at 10:03 am · Link

    We love the holiday so we can get together and eat, play board games, laugh and love.

  44. Heather
      · November 26th, 2015 at 10:35 am · Link

    my daughter and I get together every so often, go out to dinner and go see a movie. just us girls.

  45. Rachel Larson
      · November 26th, 2015 at 10:50 am · Link

    I don’t see my family that often because I live in Indiana and they live in Arizona and California, Texas and Colorado but when I see them my favorite thing to do is just to sit around the kitchen or living room and talk about everything and anything

  46. Kim
      · November 26th, 2015 at 10:50 am · Link

    As a family, we love doing the ‘boring/normal’ family stuff: going to sporting events, the zoo, museums, etc. My husband and I like to make sure our girls get to experience as much as possible in life and do it together.

  47. MJ Symmonds
      · November 26th, 2015 at 11:15 am · Link

    I love having date night with my 11 year old son. We usually go out to dinner then watch a movie. It’s our time together just the two of ushttps://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_heart.gif

  48. Martina L A
      · November 26th, 2015 at 11:25 am · Link

    We all enjoy getting together to cook/grill and bake. During the holidays we get together and get the kids involved in the baking. It’s so much fun when the kids and adults cut and decorate cookies we all have a blast making silly cookies, eating dough and icing, lol.

  49. Heather Stanley
      · November 26th, 2015 at 11:37 am · Link

    We don’t really get out very much but we spend time together always even if it’s just movie night. we all get in jammies and do snacks.

  50. Laurie Gommermann
      · November 26th, 2015 at 11:40 am · Link

    I have two siblings. My older brother is 7 years older. He lives about 3 hours away from me. We are not close. He is very stoic and hard to relate to.

    My sister is 19 months older. We are extremely close. We live about 2 hours apart. We talk on the phone at least once a week and get together every couple of months.

    We help each other as needed. We are now in the process of sharing the care for our 91 year old mother.

    • Laurie Gommermann
        · November 26th, 2015 at 11:48 am · Link


  51. Laurie Gommermann
      · November 26th, 2015 at 11:47 am · Link

    When we get together as a family we like to go walking, biking, swimming, windsurfing or canoeing. We are a very active family This past summer we hiked the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Canyonlands, Arches National Parks and several alpine lake trails near Telluride, Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado. We surprised my husband with a family get together for his July 24th birthday at the True Grit Restaurant in Ridgway.

    Otherwise, we play board games and card games like Sheepshead and Texas Hold Em.

  52. Juliana
      · November 26th, 2015 at 12:01 pm · Link

    My family has huge bonfires and picnics together. They usually end after karaoke and smores

  53. Kim O'Daniel
      · November 26th, 2015 at 12:02 pm · Link

    We like to do one family fun day a month where as many us can get together and something fun this weekend we are going fishi

  54. Tanja Dancy
      · November 26th, 2015 at 1:44 pm · Link

    I like to go shopping and to the movies with my mother and brother.

  55. Kimberly T
      · November 26th, 2015 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Road trips. It’s a lot of hassle with a family of 8 but the journey makes it worth it.

    Also, before I moved, we used to have a cookout one weekend every month. No matter the weather, we’d invite everyone over and eat, play cards and have Family Wii Night. I miss doing that. :/https://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cry.gif

  56. Teresa Lloyd
      · November 26th, 2015 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Spending time with my younger son and his wife!https://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_bye.gif

  57. Heather A Way
      · November 26th, 2015 at 3:23 pm · Link

    i love watching movies snuggled on the couch!! and we play games together which i love too~

  58. Donna Wolz
      · November 26th, 2015 at 3:24 pm · Link

    I love it when we get together and bring food from a never-before-tried recipe. After we eat, we will play board games for hours. Lots of silliness and laughter and love.

  59. Liz
      · November 26th, 2015 at 3:46 pm · Link

    We take a yearly vacation together. 8 adults and twenty children. Next year we be crazy with two new additions

  60. Cheryl McKnight
      · November 26th, 2015 at 3:57 pm · Link

    Man this is going to sound so crazy but it is the truth ; I always have a blast with my kids and grand children by going to Chuck E Cheese . Yes I know but I will never grow up lmao

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  62. Kathy O
      · November 26th, 2015 at 6:09 pm · Link

    Since it’s only my hubby and myself, we enjoy going camping in the spring and summer.
    Thank you for the chance.

  63. Sheryl P
      · November 26th, 2015 at 6:19 pm · Link

    Family vacations are always fun!!

  64. Shirley Bennett
      · November 26th, 2015 at 6:45 pm · Link

    Growing up – picnics in the mountains in Arizona! Now we’re grown it’s the insane family reunions that become amazing!https://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

  65. Angela cruz
      · November 26th, 2015 at 7:30 pm · Link

    My family and I love to get together for cook outs on Sunday. Dad grills and we sit around talking. We share memories of our mom and Adam. Tears and laughter.

  66. Amie Perez
      · November 26th, 2015 at 8:02 pm · Link

    My family gets together for any occasion whether it’s birthdays or holidays. My family believes that life is too short and loved ones can be taken too soon so spend time when you can for any reason at all. I have 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters, 5 brothers and sisters, and a slew of cousins and so on so when we get together it’s a party for all to be had! And I am thankful for every single one of them because I have a lot more than some even if I don’t have as much as others!https://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gifhttps://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_heart.gifhttps://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gifhttps://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gifhttps://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

  67. Andrea Dunigan
      · November 26th, 2015 at 11:24 pm · Link

    I like having dinner with my whole family. We try to do it at least once a month.

  68. Valerie Miller
      · November 27th, 2015 at 12:09 am · Link

    Our family goes to Florida every year and play in the ocean and go to amusement parks and act like kids. We do this once a year

  69. Deedee
      · November 27th, 2015 at 3:06 am · Link

    Family game night. Its just so much fun and with a big family it can be loud and very competitive. It’s one of my favorite things to do with my family. ☺☺ it allows us to relax and enjoy ourselves with the craziness of life being in the way.

  70. Brittney
      · November 27th, 2015 at 3:15 am · Link

    We tend to just join around together telling jokes and stories about each other.

  71. Lori Johnson
      · November 27th, 2015 at 8:18 am · Link

    We cook when we’re together. Even when they tell at for going behind them to spice things up…lol

  72. Colette Wills
      · November 27th, 2015 at 10:43 am · Link

    I grew up in a house where we would nightly have dinner and play a game. Sometimes it was a card game while others it was board games. It was awesome!

  73. Diana Balow
      · November 27th, 2015 at 3:02 pm · Link

    At our church every year we do a gingerbread house workshop. My whole family goes and spends the morning decorating gingerbread houses with our church family as well.

  74. Leslie D
      · November 27th, 2015 at 3:44 pm · Link

    Family is the most important thing to me. My whole family gets together every Sunday for family dinner at my nanas house. Food, laughter and dominos are the things I look forward to every week.

  75. Nancy Jones
      · November 28th, 2015 at 12:43 am · Link

    Just spending time with my family. We enjoy going to the movies and just hanging out.

  76. Tess Quarles
      · November 28th, 2015 at 11:57 am · Link

    Me and my family have game night!!! It may sound boring, but we have a blast!! Thing’s get a lil crazy!!! Lol!! We fight, and laugh, and yell, and act stupid!!! Monopoly is my favorite, because I ALWAYS win!! Lol

  77. Anne
      · November 28th, 2015 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Travel. I cruise once a year with my dad (and my mom before she died) and have traveled with a brother and my sister as well since we’ve been adults. We all believe in the go, go go, way of travel and visiting museums and historical sites. Traveling with non-family is less than successful. Though, my sister said her last visit to Disney with her boyfriend was the first time she hadn’t cried.

  78. Linda
      · November 28th, 2015 at 3:13 pm · Link

    I love spending time with my family <3 Just eat, chill and drink coffee together
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Saturday!

  79. Kimmi Crook
      · November 28th, 2015 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Every year my family and I make stockings that represent what we have done that year. We have at least a hundred that get hung up all along the walls every Christmas. The first was made for Christmas ’91

  80. Heather S
      · November 28th, 2015 at 11:11 pm · Link

    My family is crazy, we try to do a game night every so often but it gets hard with jobs and schools and personal life getting in the way but when we all get together OMG do things get crazy!! The jokes are flying we’re busting on everyone (even my mom cuz no ones safe in my family!) we start to openly cheat with each other against certain family members and since we’re not sneaking around about it everyone knows and makes jokes about it so no one can get mad or hurt about anything.

  81. Samantha Woods
      · November 29th, 2015 at 12:23 am · Link

    My families ‘family reunions’ are always fun. I miss out on quite a bit now that I have moved out of state as it’s almost as if I don’t exist anymore, however, I have my own beautiful little family right here that I would do anything for and we have a lot of fun together whether it’s just hanging out at home, at the neighbors house, driving around or going to the local animal sanctuary for the day.

  82. Athena reed
      · December 3rd, 2015 at 8:04 pm · Link

    Thanks so much milly!!!! I can’t wait!https://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gifhttps://millytaiden.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

  83. Amalfi liz
      · December 14th, 2015 at 8:26 pm · Link

    I love all my family thanks God for all.


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