Thanksgiving from the Trenches


Happy Thanksgiving, Trench Dwellers!

The team at Stories from the Trenches is so very grateful and thankful for you! Even if this Thanksgiving Day isn't what you expected or it is going exactly as planned, know that the Trench Community is here and loves you.

Truly I'm so grateful for the women who have shared their stories with the Trench Community, those who are reading those stories and waiting to submit their own, and the women who still living their trench stories. Next week kicks off our Surviving the Holidays series, and we hope you feel encouraged, supported, and loved through the upcoming weeks.

Jen G.
Founder, Stories from the Trenches

This week on Facebook, the Stories from the Trenches team has been sharing what we are thankful for in 2016:

Britni P. (Administrative Assistant)

  • Thankful for a loving man/partner and a much-needed safe home.

  • Thankful for a beautiful, perfect son, even if I do have to wait a lifetime to hold him again.

  • Thankful for a job that allows me to work from home.

  • Thankful for the weight loss I was able to accomplish this year (with plenty more to go!).

  • Thankful for the delicious garden we grew for the first time this year.

  • Thankful for being able to visit my childhood home and friends three times this year.

  • And some unspoken "thankful fors": our Lord and Savior, freedom, liberty, the privileges of living in the United States, family (near and far), good health, and working vehicles.


Kathleen C. (Board Member)

  • I am grateful for my faith in God.
  • I am grateful for love.

  • I'm grateful for forgiveness.

  • I'm grateful for the bright sunshine.

  • I'm so, so grateful for my family.

  • I'm grateful that I have friends.

  • I'm grateful for my hot water heater.

  • I'm grateful that I'm blessed to be able to give.

  • I'm grateful to have food to eat.

  • I'm grateful that, despite the hardships in life, I can always find something or someone to be grateful for.


Amy A. (Art Director)

  • Thankful to be alive.

  • Thankful our move from Chicago to Phoenix worked out, and we are getting settled.

  • Thankful for healthy days.

  • Thankful for my husband, four kids, and two puppies.

  • Thankful for outlets that allow me to create for a purpose.

  • Thankful I'm learning to respond rather than react.

  • Thankful for warm temperatures most of the year.

  • Thankful for friends who allow me to be authentic and still loved.

  • Thankful for books.

  • Thankful for music.


Natalie M. (Board Member)

  • My children. They give me purpose. 

  • Love and loss. I've learned some of my greatest lessons from loss.

  • Friends who challenge me, support me, and love me and my kids.

  • A house to clean. This means I have shelter. The love inside my house makes it a home.

  • Coffee and leggings. (Do I need to explain?)


Taren S. (Vice President)

  • I am thankful for the amazing cast of characters that are my friends and family!

  • I am grateful for grace—that each morning I have a new day, a new opportunity to do today better and to be a better version of me.

  • I am thankful for the amazing gift God gave me in my little girl, Jennifer! And I pray daily for the wisdom and patience to mold and encourage her.

  • I am grateful to live in a country where we have the right to vote and participate in making our country a better place for all.

  • And I am thankful for a church that does it's best to be the hands and feet of Jesus, #LoveEveryoneAlways.


Jen G. (Founder and Dreamer)

  • I'm thankful that 2016 ends with my dream of bringing women together unfolding before my eyes.

  • I'm thankful for my amazing supportive Unicorn Posse, whom I can not imagine doing life without.

  • I'm thankful for a wonderful husband who is gone from home twelve hours every weekday and then still does the dishes for me.

  • I'm thankful for two beautiful girls, whom I could not possibly adore more, and for their laughter, their silliness, and the best cuddles.

  • I'm thankful for my baby boy, Eli; because of him, my heart was shattered in all the good ways.

  • I'm thankful for a church that continues to open my heart and mind to God's Word and what He created the church to be.

  • I'm thankful that God loves me even in my darkest moments and when I stepped back into the light.