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Feelin’ Thankful

By Paula Deen

Every Thanksgiving, my family gathers ‘round the table before saying grace to share what we’re thankful for, and we’ve been blessed beyond our wildest hopes and dreams, so this is no short task. And because I’ve been thinking about Thanksgiving for weeks, I’ve already started thinkin’ about what I’m going to say this year.

Every single day I count the blessings that are my family and my grandboys. I’m so proud of Jamie and Bobby and the men they’ve become. I’m so thankful that they have met such beautiful and kind women to spend their lives with. I’m thankful that Michael and his children have entered my life and my heart. I can’t imagine what my life would be without them. And I’m thankful that I have five grandboys that help keep me young.

I’m also grateful for the opportunities in life I’ve been given. From a young woman with agoraphobia to a mama, ginny, and a business owner, I never would have imagined that I would be where I am today. Each day, I get to share my love of cooking good food with my friends across the world on Facebook and through my shows and books. Knowing that I’ve been welcomed into so many homes warms my heart beyond measure.

And last but certainly not least, I’m thankful for all of you who take time out of your busy schedules to spend a little time with me. I would never be where I am today without your never-ending love and support. Your kind words, beautiful stories, and thoughtful gifts throughout the years have filled me with an unimaginable amount of joy.

No matter how little or how much we have, there’s always a reason to say “thanks,” and I hope, like me, that you’re feelin’ thankful this year.  So tell me—what are you feelin’ thankful for?

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

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