Looking forward to Thanksgiving!

We’re Thankful for You!

January is the month for new resolutions and goals. February is the month for love. May is the month for graduations and thus plans for the future. And November with its shorter days and holiday of giving thanks is a month for considering gratitude.

Here at AM Transport, we are grateful every day for the wonderful customers and carriers we work with throughout the year. We’re also grateful for our great team and the wonderful small community we operate within.

It’s become a blog tradition for me to send out an email to the team asking them what they’re grateful for and looking forward to this Thanksgiving and also if they have any favorite Thanksgiving foods or traditions they’d like to share. It’s always fun to see the variety of things they share, and this year, several of our team members shared pictures too!

Jakob Boulb

I’m grateful for my family, fiancé and my children (dogs).

Jakob's dog
Two cute dogs!

Joel Carey

I’m wildly grateful for the democratic process and the hopeful outcome of the midterm elections.

Laine Slover

This year (as well as every year) I am thankful for my family and friends. I am also thankful I got married to my wife, Danielle. I am thankful, too, for my job and coworkers.

We normally have Thanksgiving lunch at my grandparents’ house and then I will head over to my great aunt’s house with the extended family for supper (normally I skip eating and just sit and talk to everyone because I’m still full from lunch). On the Sunday following Thanksgiving, we have lunch over at my wife’s grandparents’ house.

As for my favorite Thanksgiving food, it would have to be stuffing or my grandma’s homemade noodles.

David Abell

I’m thankful for my family and friends and my work family.

This year, my family is putting together the Lego Home Alone House over Thanksgiving weekend.

I will also be smoking the turkey this year using my Pit Boss Pellet Smoker.

Michael McKinney

I’m grateful for the beautiful fall weather we’ve had. The best I can remember in a while. I’m also grateful for the winter slowdown ahead. Cold evenings, warm fires, and dinners with the family. And of course, books to sink into over long, dark weekends.

I’m grateful for my wife and three awesome kids.

I’m grateful for the holiday season and the spirit of generosity and kindness it brings.

I’m grateful for the AMT team. I can’t think of a more fun and interesting, caring, and cool bunch of people.

Rob McClain

I’m thankful for a Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA while preparing the turkey for the table.

Autumn Carmody

I am grateful for my family. We are all so close and love spending time with each other. I can’t imagine not having that. I’m grateful for the season of life I am in. I have two beautiful daughters who have made our life so exciting and fun. Jesus really provides when you are patient.

As for Thanksgiving traditions, we always get together at my mom’s house. My mother-in-law and my brother-in-law join us as well. My mom and I spend the morning cooking together and preparing lunch. We have been ordering a smoked turkey from Dewigs for the last few years, and they are delicious. For sides, we make green bean casserole (my absolute favorite), stuffing, rolls, mashed potatoes, and chicken and noodles (my husband Luke makes the best chicken and noodles). 

After we eat, we spend the rest of the day having drinks, playing games, and laughing until our bellies hurt. We will also hand out our matching Christmas jammies for us to wear when we get together for Christmas. In years past, we used to draw names for who we would buy gifts for, but now that my brother and I both have kids, we just buy for them and do a white elephant game for the adults.

Collage of Autumn's family
Autumn’s family.

Katrina Marshall

I’m thankful for:

–my husband and family,

–quiet mornings with a warm cup of coffee,

–kids snuggling in next to me to get warm under my blanket,

–getting Christmas shopping done early . . . for once!

–pumpkin pie, and my aunt’s cinnamon rolls.

I’m looking forward to seeing my extended family I haven’t seen for a few years.

Zac Egleston

I’m grateful for my family.

Also my wife would be irritated if I forgot (again) to include our cat, Olive.

Zac and family.
Zac and family.
Olive the cat!
Olive, Zac’s very-loved cat.

Kelsie Barnes

I am so thankful for my son, Carson. He blows my mind every day with his knowledge. He is getting funny and absorbing so much. He won’t stay little for long, so I am looking forward to this Thanksgiving.

I think it is important to share what you are thankful for with your family at Thanksgiving dinner. Some of the responses bring you closer to your family. For example, my grandpa told me recently how thankful he is for his land. When you drive by, most people don’t take the time to truly look at the trees, grass, wildlife, colors, textures, etc. There is so much to be thankful for in this world, and it is important to stop and smell the roses. Thanksgiving is the perfect time for that.

As for food, I am most excited about the green bean casserole. This is a staple in our household.

This Thanksgiving will be the first year without my grandma on my mom’s side. She always brought the deviled eggs, and they were the BEST! I have the recipe, so I think I will be responsible for filling the void this year. Hopefully it will make my mom smile!

Carson the cutie!
Carson the cutie!

Colby Shawver

Thanksgiving is a good time of the year to think about everything you have and how lucky we are to live where we do. Faith, family, job, food, house, transportation, and community are naming a few. We take a lot of things for granted.

I am looking forward to this Thanksgiving. It’s going to be busy. Thanksgiving morning, we will work at the RCRC Turkey Trot. After that, we will head to my wife Alexis’s parents’ for lunch and then my parents’ for supper. Friday we are heading down to Nashville to spend Friday and Saturday night. We’ll go to the Nashville flea market on Friday and then to Nashville Enchanted. Nashville Enchanted has a light maze, ice skating and a Christmas market. We are all staying in a big Airbnb with Alexis’s sister’s family and parents. It should be a very fun weekend.

Nashville Enchanted

Rhonda Hazel

I am very grateful for my family. My immediate family (including pets) for putting up with me all these years. My church family, they are wonderful caring people to be around. My work family brings me smiles and laughter on a daily basis. I have enjoyed getting to know each one over the past year. They are awesome.

As far as the food, I love it all! Although I am hoping for a lemon pie or homemade angel food cake this year. My mom makes the best!

Justin Hatten

I’m grateful for my family and friends.

My family tradition is to watch as much football as possible. My post-Thanksgiving tradition is for my son, Masen, and I to attend the Capital Classic basketball tournament every year to support the Olney Tigers.

Sam Rodgers

This year I am grateful for fantastic doctors and a wife who put up with me being useless for 3 months due to a hobby.

Donna Martin

I’m grateful for a big meal with all of my family each year. We all bring a couple of dishes, so not one person is stuck in the kitchen all day. We play games, tell stories, and laugh a lot. We’re a big group, so it gets a little loud and messy! It’s so fun to see all the cousins running around and playing together. I’m also thankful for some amazing in-laws who host a big meal at their house. Though there aren’t as many that gather at their house, it’s still filled with yummy food and lots of fun! We’re lucky to have a great family all around.

Gavin Lathrop


Erik Jensen

I tend to have the same answer to this question every year, and yes, this year will be no different. I’m grateful for football and family. It’s crazy the NFL season is halfway over. As fans, we’re only guaranteed 17 games a year, so I tend to cherish the Sundays I spend with football. And, oh yeah, my family is pretty great too. My wife, Hannah, and two daughters, Grace and Lyla, keep a smile on my face year long.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

So there you have it. A bunch of gratitude and a lot to look forward to from the team at AM Transport. As for me, I’m grateful for every last one of them. For my family (especially my five grandkids). For good friends, beautiful weather, a cozy house, a cute dog and a mouse-catching cat. I’m grateful for good jokes, funny videos, big family dinners, and a nice glass of wine when the sun goes down.

What are you grateful for? We’d love to hear!