There are so many wonderful things to be thankful for every day, let alone every year. Count your blessings not your troubles has been one positive outlook we’ve maintained throughout 2017. Fortunate to live in such a welcoming, close-knit, and charitable community, we’re sharing what our readers are thankful for:

“This year I am particularly grateful for the people I love, for always being there for me and for the support system we have created. Also for the health we’ve been blessed with. Especially grateful for all the opportunities I was given so far this year and for learning that from a closed door another opens… it does. Everything happens for a reason. Happy Thanksgiving!”

— Martina Avanzini de Pinto

“I am thankful for all of it! The highs and the lows. The blessings and the lessons. The setbacks and the comebacks. For the dark nights that turned into mornings, all the friends that turned into family and my dreams that turned into reality. Everything!”

— Ivonne Zeller

“I’m first thankful for my family and friends. I’m thankful that I’m able to share my experiences in such a wonderful place like Casa de Campo. Lastly, I’m thankful for Mother Earth that abounds with so much beauty!”

— Arturo Vasquez

“I am thankful for my family, my team, my friends. I am thankful everyday for waking up, and for a new chance to make life better. I am thankful for my health, my energy, and my surroundings!!! I am thankful for this land, this tiny spot pixel location on our planet, our universe that has helped me grow and become the woman I am today. I am thankful for everything, and I give thanks to God, my higher power, to the son and Holy Spirit everyday for all the blessings I receive.”

— Amelia Pereyra

“Thankful for being a part of the Casa de Campo community and living here with my family.” 

— Jason Kycek

“I’m thankful for all the blessings that came into my life in 2017. For my family and friends and that everyday is a new beginning!”

— Mariam Suarez

“I’m thankful for Sunday afternoons with my family and a good adventure.”

— Mathew de Valle

“I want to thank you, God for a beautiful year when I have been challenged and could still be in good health, with a work that I truly enjoy. I thank you for all the support and bless everyone to be happy in the present.”

— Marc Olivier

“I am thankful for all the blessings we receive daily in our lives. Today is a day to give thanks as a family to the Lord.”

— Malele Strofer

“I am so thankful to be able to serve the community of La Romana and fulfill my soul mission; so many thanks to Xioma Menéndez & Sandra Alvarodo for the opportunity and their trust towards me.”

— Coco Lorenzi

“Thankful for the ability to appreciate my love for family and friends.”

— Adolfo Despradel

“I am thankful to God for my family, their unconditional support, incredible friends, love, art, music, good health, the freedom to choose my own path and for the understanding that to be HAPPY, first we have to be GRATEFUL.”

— Leo Proano

“I am thankful for having won the lottery at birth. I am lucky to have been born into a life of privilege, abundance, and love. Plus, I can go to the beach year round!”

— Ruben Gonzalez

“I am thankful for many things this year, but most of all I am thankful for my family’s health and happiness.  There is nothing more important in life. “

– Emily Birtel

“I am thankful for all the good things God has provided me with, for all his blessings. Without Him, none of the other things that I am grateful for could ever happen. Moreover, the people in my life who have been present whenever I needed them, my family and friends. Also,the chance to visit my daughter with the rest of the family in NYC and spending a lovely time together. Finally, living in Casa de Campo; our small community has given me the opportunity to meet new and great people, play tennis which is the sport I love, and work in one of the most prestigious real estate agencies.”

— Idarmis Cucurullo

“We’re thankful for our supportive community members, living and working in paradise, and the awareness that each day is a gift and it’s to be lived with as much love, respect, compassion, and energy as possible! We hope everyone has a beautiful holiday, filled with good food and good times with family!”

— Casa de Campo Living

* Featured image from the Best Turkey Competition for the Hogar del Niño.