I love this fun printable! You can find it at A Night Owl’s blog and print it off for free!!
Anyway, I don’t know if I have kind of written Thanksgiving off because we decided we wont be traveling to either of our parents this year, or because I am gearing up for some holiday sales. But I have kind of skipped over it in my mind! I am thinking about Christmas and what all I need to do this month and next! As I was sitting here this morning thinking about holiday stuff, I decided I needed to take a break from Christmas thinking, and think about what I am thankful for. So I decided for every Thursday in November I am going to write a post about what I am thankful for. There are so many things to be thankful for, and I am blessed beyond belief. This Thursday I just want to send out a huge thank you to everyone who welcomed Loren and I and have continued to make us feel loved and at home here in Illinois. When I was younger I didn’t think it was possible to move from my hometown. Then college took me 8 hours away. I think I cried close to the whole trip. I didn’t know how I could be apart from my family. After college Loren’s job took us to central Illinois. New people and once again a new place. It helped that my mom was originally from this area, but it was still a scary move. Now we were away from both sets of parents. It didn’t take long at all for us to feel welcomed an loved in our new church. So many people have made us feel so loved and still do. We have made so many close friendships. So I just want to let everyone know how much we love and appreciate you. All our friends, and all our church family. I don’t think we could have landed in a more perfect spot. When we moved I was thinking we would just kinda be the “outcasts”. We weren’t from here and I figured it would take forever to find our place. I was so wrong. I never once felt like an outcast. So I just want to encourage everyone from our church to keep being amazing! Keep shining your light, you never know whose life you are touching. I know you have touched mine and Loren’s. I think our hearts will always carry a piece of home. I know when I go back to be with my family I miss them dearly, and wish I could live near them. But I know this is where God wants us and I absolutely love it here. This is home now. We have been blessed with so many people who have also become our family. So no matter who you are or where you are, be encouraged to keep shining your light! You are awesome!