Today I am Very Thankful…


Today I am thankful for life. St. John weathered the strongest hurricane on record on September 6th. The insurance adjusters from Lloyd’s of London determined, after much research, that Coral Bay had sustained winds of 206 mph and gusts of 276 mph. And despite those horrific winds, only one life was lost.

Rest in peace Captain Richard Benson. We will all miss you and your beloved Goddess Athena.

I am thankful for this community. I am thankful for the people of St. John. To watch everyone come together over the past 11 weeks has been simply awe-inspiring.

I am thankful for all of you who reside stateside and are eager to return to St. John, who are eager to spend your hard-earned dollars here in an effort to rebuild our economy. Thank you.

I am thankful for the linemen and all of the relief workers who are without their families today because they chose to come and help our community. Thank you so very much.

To the families of the linemen and relief workers who are here on island, I thank you all too for sharing your loved ones with our community this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. There’s certainly a lot to be thankful for this year.

12 thoughts on “Today I am Very Thankful…”

  1. May the stuffing be with you.

    This Thanksgiving we give thanks that our St John is recovering and the residents are strong.We will return in March.

  2. And those of us not on island are grateful for you. Thank you for keeping us apprised of the happenings there. I am grateful that those who could did, and are doing. Thank you for all the help you have given this wonderful place. Looking forward to returning. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. We are very thankful for you, your Papa, and all of the information you’ve shared since Irma hit STJ. We hope to be back on island in February! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. We are thankful for all of you on st.john working tirelessly to restore our beautiful island, and for your resilient spirit which lifts us all. ..
    Happy Thanksgiving. .


    Look at this very day to see how St. John is doing. Thank you so much for doing this for people that love the island like a second home. We have been to many islands but this by far is the very very best! We will be back !

  6. Thank you Jenn, for all that you do to keep information flowing, connecting statesiders with our island friends, and your bravery and heroism through all this. You are providing a wonderful service to all.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to all there on St.John. There is much to be grateful for. And gratitude to Jen for telling the story of St. John’s amazing people and all of those helping with the St. John recovery effort. It is a Herculean effort by all no doubt. Looking forward to our visit in April.

  8. Thankful for you and your perspectives and insights on the people and island we love so much. Counting the days til we’re there in March. Would love to buy you a drink and thank you in person. Happy Thanksgiving. STJ – ever gentle on my mind.

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