Thanksgiving Traditions, Memories & Reasons to Be Thankful: Compass Style

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/26/15 10:25 AM

Topics: Local Focus & Events

This year, the Compass Mortgage family is sharing our favorite Thanksgiving traditions and memories and what we're thankful for. Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family this year!



Lori Modlin - VP Mortgage Banker

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition at our house actually takes place on Thanksgiving Eve. My children, their spouses and all of our grandchildren come over and we have “Family Game night”.  It is very competitive – we draw names each year for teams and the competition gets very fierce for bragging rights for the next year!! 


Cari Jenson - Mortgage Banker

Every Thanksgiving, my family gets together at my parent’s home. We sit around and play cards, watch football, catch up and eat lots of food. My grandma always makes an extra pumpkin pie for me. Yes, I eat an entire pie to myself; do not judge.


Renee Rees - Underwriter

Every year, my entire family gets together at my Aunt's house and takes the annual photo of all the kids. I'm so thankful that God blessed us with these great, healthy, loving children who truly love each other, and I'm so thankful that each year not only do the children grow but the size of our family keeps growing.


This year's photo will have 4 more girls, as God has blessed me a wonder fiancé and 4 future stepdaughters.


Zac Henderson - VP Mortgage Banker

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is just having extended family in town and spending time playing games and laughing together as a family. This year I’m especially thankful for my amazing wife who is so encouraging to me and also for my two boys, Luke and Wyatt at ages 4 and 1, they just bring so much joy to my life.


Erikka Ter Louw - Mortgage Banker

My favorite Thanksgiving-inspired quote:

“If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world.  If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change somewhere in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.  If you can read this, you are more blessed than over two billion people around the world who cannot read at all.”  -  Anonymous author


Matt Vladika - Processor Assistant

Last year we lost my Grandmother a few weeks before thanksgiving. During the wake everyone was debating whether or not we should still celebrate, given we all had just gotten together, and my mom was unsure if she would have the energy to put the party together after just going through all the funeral arrangements. We all agreed that our grandmother wouldn’t have wanted us to skip Thanksgiving on her account, so we were going to do it in a limited fashion. To help ease the tension and lighten the mood, my uncle suggested that nobody dress up and in fact how bout we all just come in PJs and relax. This wound up being the key. Everyone bought in and came in their PJs and brought extra food to help my mom out (some did bring extra clothes just in case). We all had a good laugh and the kids were all ecstatic because it was like a big slumber party. All in all we had a great day and it was a great way for all of us to relax and celebrate after such a difficult past few weeks.


Brooke DeYoung - Submitter

One of our Thanksgiving traditions is adding some of Blake’s Dutch heritage to our day. We spend the morning making boterkoek, almond points, and bonket and bring them to dinner. My family isn’t Dutch at all, but they have really come to enjoy this delicious addition to our day!  

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