That little nip in the air triggers the certainty that fall is winding down and winter is coming. This is the time to tap the pause button before the frenzy of the holidays takes over.

 We thought it appropriate in this issue to pay our due to the first responders here in SW Lake Co. for keeping us safe. Stephen Neilson’s wonderful photos focus on just a few of the folks who look after us, and we are forever grateful to all who are on the job.

We are also really blessed to have so many places (and spaces) around here that help us wind down after long hours on the job. Our Experience Associate, Graham Blus, shares a few locations that are high on his list for recreation of the body and restoration of the spirit.

Readers shared some of the things for which they are grateful:

   From Long Grove, Renee and Tom Clark (@Properties Realtors) say “what we are most grateful for is the opportunity that the holidays bring for us to reconnect with people who have shared our         journey so far.”

   From Lake Zurich, Laurie Wilhoit says: “I am grateful to all my friends and family and their generosity to help Caring Women’s Connection make a difference in our community.”

   “I am thankful that I am able to follow my passion and help support early childhood education throughout Lake County, not just in my school,” says Jennifer Wierzchon of Hawthorn Woods who with her husband, Rich, owns Primrose School of Long Grove. In a similar vein, Dr. Delphine Deignan says she is “thankful for all the families that trust us with the health of their children and loved ones.” Delphine and her husband, Dr. Nick Deignan, own Deignan Family Chiropractic in Barrington.

These are just a few of the comments we received, and the collective theme of gratitude is very clear. Now’s the time to take a moment, reflect on what’s really good and as the holidays unfold, share your joy.

Michael Beightol

Publisher, SW Lake Lifestyle

About the Cover: Thanks to Chief John Malcolm, Lake Zurich Fire Department, for facilitating the dramatic cover photo by Stephen Neilson.