First of all, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! This will be our first ever Thanksgiving holiday, as we don't celebrate it in the UK. Although we have no links to the origin of the holiday, being here during the preparations and build up has made me pause to think about the whole idea of being thankful.
I am thankful for the opportunity we have been given - both us as a family, and Mark professionally - by the military, and being allowed to live in the USA for 3 years. It bears no thinking what the alternative may have been - most likely redundancy and uncertainty.
I am thankful that the family has settled into the US systems - school for the kids, and the US Navy for Mark. Things are so very different over here, and the way that the kids have transitioned has made me a very proud mama :) They have worked so very hard, and are determined to continue to do so.
I am thankful for our friends - new and old. Old friends keeping in touch. New friends welcoming us into their homes and into the community. Showing us around, helping us out in times of need.
I am thankful for so many other things - our home, our family and our health. And Skype. And Facebook. And our SatNav (especially when she pronounces things wrong..) And technology in general.
Thankful for so much, so many blessings. Sigh. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside....
And thankful for being given the opportunity to work with amazing sketches on the Nuts About Sketches blog :) This was my layout for week 233 - you can find the original sketch and the other DT members layouts here
These were photos taken by the nauseatingly uber-talented Mandy Hunter at a family photo shoot we had done before we left Scotland. She took some great shots of the kiddos, and when I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use some of them.
I used up more of the BoBunny "Winter Joy" collection. I do love purple, aqua and lime together... I used green stickles on my Thickers title to link it into the colour scheme. A few buttons, and a bit of soppy journalling, and the layout was complete...
So, I leave you now to experience the eat-a-thon that is Thanksgiving... Happy Turkey Day - Gobble Gobble Gobble!!!!!