Who am I thankful for?

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a holiday I’d much rather do without, since it involves eating and spending time with my family, two of my least favorite activities. However, in honor of this auspicious occasion, I would like to thank the following people that make the Charley Project possible. I may be ultimately responsible for every word that appears on the website, but I do get a lot of behind-the-scenes help. I would like to thank:

Michael, for adding untold strength and sweetness to my life. I live for you. I will love you forever.
Jenni, for starting it all. We’re no longer in touch and I don’t know where you are or what you’re doing or if you will ever read this, but I wish you well.
Dad, for paying for a five-year contract for my birthday.
Jeff, for being like the brother I never had, and for having sponsored the site for a number of years when I was a poor college student. (Hey, wait, I’m still a poor college student…)
Carl, for correcting me every time I calculate the MP’s age wrong.
Justin, for everything he passes my way, and for many long stimulating phone conversations.
Annie, for all the family abduction work that she does so I don’t have to.
Jaime and that person who calls him/herself Anonymous Anonymous, for the articles and pictures they send.
Lauran, for her friendship and for founding Porchlight International.
Gaelle, for her Unsolved in the News blog which I check every day.
Kelly, for making some good come out of a tragedy, founding Project Jason whose forums are invaluable to me.
And everyone else, all those who read my site and my blog and make it all worth doing.

23 thoughts on “Who am I thankful for?

  1. Kat November 24, 2010 / 9:32 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Meaghan, hope it is a good one and you don’t get too much indigestion from the family exposure ( I feel your pain, believe me). I have another book idea for you, aside from those old Unsolved ones I sent you title of ages ago, I just picked this up out of my personal library and was surprised how much I didn’t know/remember. It is The World’s Greatest Unsolved Crimes ( I know, original) ed. by Nigel Blundell and Roger Boar. Some of these I haven’t heard of outside the book and one long cold mp interested me (I’m only a bit through the book again, the first time I read it I didn’t know about CP), Dorothy Forestein. Most of these are short story type, couldn’t list them all, but have you heard of this case in particular?

    • Meaghan November 24, 2010 / 9:46 pm

      I had heard of that case before, though it’s not on Charley obviously. Very weird disappearance.

  2. Kat November 24, 2010 / 9:33 pm

    Oh, and an extra Happy to Princess, who I believe said a few blogs ago she is pregnant and due early Dec. with baby number three…I hope you have enough room for turkey, and all goes well with the delivery..will miss the snark till you get back 🙂

  3. Kim Clark Esposito November 24, 2010 / 10:22 pm

    I am thankful to all of you as well. For following up on my Brother and his missing children. This type of work is not easy and your thoughts and support are enormous. My brother, John Clark, father of missing kids, Rebekah, Hayden and Chandler, has been reunited with his two sons and they are communicating. Hopefully my neice will find a chance in her life to meet my brother again as well. We are looking forward to many Thanksgivings with the family and can’t wait to meet them again, very soon.
    Meghan, you do good girl. Thank you.

  4. Princess Shantae November 24, 2010 / 10:36 pm

    Thank you Kat! Yes, #3 is due on Dec 2. Ben and Jillian were both a few days early so it might be sooner. Or maybe they were right on time b/c somebody told me that only like 4% of babies arrive on their actual due date. 🙂
    We’re having ham tomorrow b/c none of us realy likes turkey all that much. I guess the pilgrims are going to be mad at us but they’re just jealous of our nice sweet ham and their old dry turkey. lol
    Just a reminder: even if you don’t like to have big family dinners, remember how lucky you are that you have a family and plenty to eat. So many people don’t have those things.

    • Kat November 24, 2010 / 10:46 pm

      I am from New England, and I’m [pretty sure our version of the first feast is a wee bit distorted. LOL. Eat what you want…I know some who eat seafood! I don’t know how you can eat at all, after super bowl 2008 I couldn’t eat a thing, mine took up so much room! But I had a big baby. And Ben and Jillian are great names, much better than some celebs Pilot Inspektor and all…do you know what you are having? Oh, and don’t do what my aunt did..she literally waited till we were all sitting down after HOURS of waiting for food and said she had to go, right now. SIgh. I still miss that meal. Though, I always have remembered that Thanksgiving Day!

      • Meaghan November 24, 2010 / 10:48 pm

        If I ever have a boy I will name him Atticus Raymond.

  5. danielle November 24, 2010 / 10:44 pm

    We are thankful for you too! You have lots of devoted readers/bloggers. It’s hard for me to spend time with my family too. We have that in common as well as our interest in missing people. Have a good holiday. I prefer to be alone…let my hubby and kids go to grandma’s. Whatever you do have a great day!

  6. Princess Shantae November 24, 2010 / 11:18 pm

    Yes, its another girl. Ben’s full name is Benjamin Paul and he’s named after his dad’s and my grandfathers. Jillian is Jillian Ashley. She was going to be Jada Ashley but my sister got to it first. We call her Jilly Bean. This next one we think will be either Courtney or Jessica. I guess we’ll decide for sure once we see her.
    Pilot Inspektor is terrible. It doesn’t even sound like a real person but like some cartoon creature.

    • Meaghan November 25, 2010 / 12:37 am

      Penn Jillette named his kid Moxie Crimefighter. He pointed out that no one ever pays attention to middle names anyway, so why not pick a crazy one.

      Pilot is at least easy to spell and pronounce.

      Eyrkah Badu named her children Seven (a boy) and Puma (a girl).

      • Sara November 25, 2010 / 4:53 am

        Erykah Badu also has a Mars (another girl). Jermaine Jackson has a son named Jermajesty.

      • danielle November 27, 2010 / 10:48 am

        Is that how Erykah really spells her name or did she change it for being famous?

  7. Kat November 25, 2010 / 12:53 am

    There are so many celeb crazy names that I can’t even remember them all, but I sure feel bad for the kids! They have whole specials dedicated to nutso names and all. And yeah, heard Moxie before. Liked it in an odd way cause 11 years ago, I had a coworker who sang in a group with the name Moxie. I’m sure one of many in the nation :). Congrats, Princess, on think pink x2. And Meaghan, my one good friend from college SWORE she was going to name her son Ignatius. What do you know, we lost touch for six years, I sent her a letter and said I remembered what she had said and every time I passed the St. Iggy Church I thought of her…her son is Orion IGNATIOUS (the sp is wrong, but the name is good..) ..lesson learned.

    • Meaghan November 25, 2010 / 12:57 am

      I think it’s unlikely I’ll ever have children. I use my favorite names for characters in stories I write.

  8. Princess Shantae November 25, 2010 / 9:21 am

    Jermaine Jackson has two kids named Jermajesty. And Michael had his two sons with the same name but called the other one Blanket. Blanket. 😦
    I think I heard that Penn said Moxie could always get out of a speeding ticket or something by telling the officer that she was on his side b/c of her middle name being Crimefighter. He must think cops like being smarted off to.
    We’re “thinking pink” but the baby nursery is done in lavender and green. Jillian wants the baby to share her room but that’s b/c she was never around a baby that wakes her up three or four times a night. lol I think she’ll be glad not to have to share.

  9. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. November 25, 2010 / 11:58 am

    In hopes of being appointed to next year’s Thanksgiving Honours List, I might but point out that, in 11.24 Updates, one Patricia Rochelle Corona is said to have gone missing in 1998 at age 32, yet her d.o.b. is given as 1961; and also that Vickey Carolyn de Laurier’s vehicle is said to have been “found parked at a strangle angle on the side of Highway 313,” a slip possibly Freudian in nature, but, withall, parked at a very strange angle indeed.

  10. marycarney November 25, 2010 / 12:05 pm

    I’m thankful for all you do in getting the names and faces and stories of the missing ‘out there’ for the rest of us. Here’s praying that next Thanksgiving many of the wondering, waiting families out there have answers.

  11. Jaime November 25, 2010 / 12:27 pm

    Have a Happy SAFE Thanksgiving everyone.

  12. Candice November 25, 2010 / 12:42 pm

    Happy thanksgiving, thanks for all you do 🙂

  13. Justin November 25, 2010 / 4:22 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving y’all.

  14. Meyahna November 27, 2010 / 6:45 am

    Thanks 🙂 I’m glad to be able to bring my stone to your great work.

  15. Cattt November 28, 2010 / 12:49 am

    Those were very nice things that you said and thanks cuz Im a reader too!

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