Pilgrim Pride

By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

It began when a few families made a daring and dangerous voyage across the Atlantic. Braving icy waves in leaky ships, they risked everything for the freedom to follow their beliefs and build a better life. When they landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, they had little food and no shelter. Relying on help from Native American Indians of the Patuxet tribe, these pilgrims endured New England’s bitter winter and gave thanks.


Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving with food, friends, and, most importantly, family. At home in the Sandhills, our table is usually laid with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and the famous green bean casserole. My husband Bruce has to have his cranberries. The kids like lots of whipped cream on the pumpkin pie.


This year, though, I will spend Thanksgiving with the men and women who make our family celebration possible: members of our armed forces. This holiday season, many of them will be serving in far-flung corners of the world. We are so grateful for their service; we also understand the responsibility it places on us.


Thanksgiving celebrates American ideals: freedom of religion, a quest for community, and hope for a better life for our family and families to come. Our service members give us the chance to live those ideals, but we must act on this opportunity.


After this historic election, I believe we will.


The American people have spoken. They want to see our country set out in a new direction. They have been frustrated these past eight years. I have too. That’s why I am excited to work with President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence. Together, we will chart a new course. We will help our families by reining in expansive government. With our Republican Congress, we will work to grow economic opportunity, strengthen our safety, and make it easier for families to pursue their dreams with hope.


The pilgrims came to America seeking these things. Throughout our history, we have remembered their courage and willingness to endure great hardship in the pursuit of freedom. At times, this pilgrim pride has surprised foreign travelers and diplomats.

In the early 1800s, the famous French statesman Alexis de Tocqueville made a powerful observation. He noticed many small towns across America publicly displayed carefully preserved fragments of Plymouth Rock. He was amazed that our people honored a stone “which the feet of a few outcasts pressed for an instant.” Reflecting on this, the French diplomat asked an important question: “What has become of the gateways of a thousand palaces?”


Plymouth Rock is a national symbol of our beginning. The diplomat’s question points to the power of freedom. In America, a simple rock is more meaningful and sacred than a mighty castle.


America is a country built on freedom. Our service members guard it for us, and I am honored to be spending Thanksgiving with them this year. In your home, between helpings of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie this holiday, please spare a thought for the members of our military. Better still, offer a prayer. And let’s all remember the opportunity we have because of them. Like the pilgrims before us, we can follow our faith, build better lives for our families, and, in peace and safety, become the great people we know we can be.


Thank you for participating in the democratic process. I look forward to visiting with you again next week.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

Giving Thanks

By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

It’s hard to believe that another year has almost come and gone. Nebraskans, and all Americans, have a lot on their minds as we head into the holiday season. From juggling family obligations to busy jobs and hectic schedules, it can be challenging to take time, reflect, and give thanks.


Every year, Thanksgiving offers a special time for family, friends, and loved ones to gather and focus on the things we hold dear. Our state is home to the good life, and we are blessed with productive land and hardworking people. Because of this, Nebraska feeds the world. On Thanksgiving, millions of American families will gather at tables filled with food grown and nurtured here in our state.


Nebraskans are also innovators. The creative and exciting work taking place at start-ups in Lincoln, Omaha, and around our state is having an effect across the country. I visited with a number of these entrepreneurs and businesses this year. Through their unwavering commitment to our communities, they drive our state’s economy and shape the future. They prove there’s no need to leave the good life in search of cutting-edge work and meaningful job opportunities. We are lucky enough to have them right here at home.


Small businesses account for 63 percent of all new jobs, and nearly half of the jobs in the private sector, nationwide. In the Senate, I am working to ensure that we help them thrive by creating a regulatory environment that provides incentives to grow. As a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, I am focused on eliminating red tape so that our businesses at home can better compete in the global marketplace. To encourage people to support our local businesses, I cosponsored a resolution designating November 28 as “Small Business Saturday.” Through this resolution, which passed the Senate, we can help raise awareness and encourage Americans to shop at businesses in their communities this holiday season.


When you head out to the stores after Thanksgiving, I hope you will consider supporting Small Business Saturday and visit local businesses.


Also this time of year, we keep in our hearts and minds those who have served and are currently serving in our armed forces. It is because of their sacrifice that we enjoy living in the greatest country on Earth. This year, I am proud to once again team-up with the American Red Cross for the 2015 Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign. This initiative is a simple way for Nebraskans to send holiday wishes to members of the military, their families, and our veterans. I hope the people of Nebraska will join me in sending greetings to those who put their lives on the line so we can be free. You can find out more information about how to participate by visiting my website.


I am thankful for our beautiful state and the wonderful people who make our nation a better place. There is truly no higher honor than representing you in the U.S. Senate, and for that, I am eternally grateful.


As you prepare the turkey, set the table, and visit with family this year, I hope you will reflect on your own blessings as Nebraskans and Americans. From my family to yours, I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.


Thank you for participating in the democratic process. I look forward to visiting with you again next week.


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. Have a blessed day with your loved ones. I thought I would share some tips I received from someone on how to celebrate Thanksgiving. Interesting and fun.

  1. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, no matter how old you are.
  2. Don’t try to clean the turkey with utensils alone — it just doesn’t work.
  3. Continue old traditions, but also add new ones.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen — always.
  5. Wear stretch pants. Enough said.
  6. Remember that peppermint soothes the digestive system after overeating.
  7. Reflect on the things for which you’re grateful.
  8. Make naps mandatory after dinner.
  9. Start searching for food container lids early. They deliberately hide themselves.
  10. Embrace the quirks of family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from Kat Country Hub.Thanksgiving

Being Thankful for Every Day and Everyone

It is the time of year to reflect on one’s life, being thankful for life and the blessings received.

The first thought I have is: This should be a daily occurrence, not just at Thanksgiving.

Every night when I go to bed, I say my prayers and thank God for my life. In the morning, I rise, thinking positive thoughts, knowing I am blessed to have another day to take on the world. I am thankful and say another prayer.

There have been times in my life when I didn’t feel thankful. I went through many struggles, as does everyone in their lives. Divorce was not something I ever had planned, but it happened. Learning to pick up the pieces and move on was very hard, especially with two kids. I was at the lowest point in my life and didn’t think I would ever be happy again.

I discovered that everything happens for a reason. I was meant to be somewhere else, with someone else. Jeff and I have been married for 18 years and together for 20. My kids adore him. He is more than a stepdad to them, because he has always been there for them and is also a wonderful grandpa. I am very thankful for my kids, husband and grandkids. We have one new granddaughter, Charli, born October 28th. We are expecting our next granddaughter today or tomorrow! Life is good!

I am also thankful for a few other things. I always wanted to go to college. I was finally able to achieve this goal in May of 2013, graduating with a degree in journalism. My husband thought I should make a job change, going out on my own, becoming owner/editor and chief of my own online newspaper. I was terrified, but I can’t tell you how much I love it. I have been doing this for over a year now and it has brought nothing but joy into my life. I am also working on becoming a better photographer, looking to expanding my horizons even further! I will never be too old to learn anything!

I also enjoy serving on the Oakland City Council. I am working for the people of Oakland. Their concerns are of utmost importance to me. It is a challenge that I am up for every minute of the day!

My life is always busy, always challenging and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am thankful every moment for every thing I am blessed to be doing. But, what I am thankful for the most is my family. Without them, I wouldn’t have the courage to do the things I do. They are my rock and I love them more than anything!

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your family today and everyday. Remember, being thankful isn’t just for this time of year. It is every day.

Now, to go back to waiting for our new granddaughter, hurry up baby PP!!! Nana and papa are waiting!

Nana, papa and granddaughter Charli.

Nana, papa and granddaughter Charli.

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