By Rachel Parker 

Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of our favorite times of the year — a time when we come together with friends and family to take a break from the stresses of daily life and focus on what we're grateful for.

As a team, we want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our Prelude families.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share the gift of music and to watch your children grow and thrive.

Thank you for being a part of our community and for sharing the journey that has made Prelude what it is today.

And thank you for the singing, the dancing, the playing, the belly laughs, the silly moments, the learning, and the heartfelt connections that allow us to look forward to every single day with you.

With that, we're going to "pass the mic" to our marvelous teachers as they share what they are personally thankful for during this wonderful season of gratitude:

Sage Holli Bara: "I am thankful for life and for all the wondrous ways that we can share, feel and connect through love."

Allann: "I am thankful for the most enjoyable, peaceful, pleasant work atmosphere I have ever had. I am surrounded by loving, caring people all day, and they truly make the day brighter. I am also thankful for my sweet husband and the new season of life we are embarking on together. The creating of our life together gives me so much joy, and I am reminded daily of how truly blessed I am."

Jonathan Godfrey: "I am grateful for the gift that music is in my life, and the peace, joy and love it brings to all."

Chrissy LaHair: "I am thankful for my wonderful husband and daughter — for my amazing family and for the wonderful opportunity I have been given to teach again!"

Francyne Jacobs: "I am thankful for so many things, but most importantly: for my family, who keeps me grounded and in the moment; for my work (which doesn't feel like work) and allows me to shoot for the stars, and for all of the love, happiness and blessing which flows from them and all that surrounds me."

Emily Lopater Smith: "I'm thankful for the family I grew up in and for the family my husband and I have created together. I'm thankful for all that's good in my life and for the opportunities to learn from the not-so-good. I'm also thankful that music and laughter are part of each day!"

Kapila Love: "I am grateful for music. I am grateful for singing. I am grateful for my singing life and yours."

Priscilla McAfee: "My deepest gratitude is for family, friends, faith, nature, music, and joy-filled work with Music Together®® at Prelude and its outreach."

Jenn Moore: "I am thankful for my close-knit family, including my husband, Greg, my two young children, Lucy and Jimmy, my mom, my father-in-law, and my sister-in-law. I am thankful for the love of my extended family and for the support and fun of my dear friends. I am thankful for the opportunity to sing and dance at Prelude with so many endearing children and wonderful families."

Ana Treviño-Godfrey: "I am grateful for life. I am eternally grateful for my family, for the gift of motherhood, and for the opportunity to make music with children, parents, grandparents and all kinds of grownups! I'm grateful for the best job ever!! I give innumerable thanks for my team, and for Music Together."

Your turn! Please leave a comment and let us know what you're thankful for — we'd love to hear from you.

(Quick note: There will be no classes during the week of Thanksgiving (November 24-28), and registration for the Winter session, which begins January 5, is now open.)