November 30

Today, the last day of November, I am thankful for this life I live. It isn't perfect, but it is pretty darn wonderful.

I think it is easy to look around and get down on what I don't have. To compare myself to others. But in all honesty? Life is good for me. I have a roof over my head, a loving family, and my health. These are not things I take for granted.

Thank you for letting me focusing on gratitude this month. I have enjoyed slowing down and noticing all the blessings in my life.

November 29

Today I am thankful for my church.

I am thankful for a place that I can seek refuge from the hustle of life. Alex and I have hosted Life Groups in our home for many years. We've gone to Life Groups at other peoples homes. I am thankful for each experience. 

I was thinking how life is sometimes - at some points, we are heading things up at Church. Life Group every week, church on Saturday nights on the front row. Then other times, we are the ones attending Life Group and sitting quietly on the back row. The great thing about our church is they meet you where you are and love you there. 

So, so thankful for this refuge. 

November 28

Going along with yesterday's post, I am thankful that I have had the luxury of staying at home while my boys were growing up. Being a SAHM is the most important thing I have ever done - even on days that it feels like all I did was laundry and carpool.

I am thankful for Alex - he has made it a priority that I stay home to raise our boys. When we married, he promised that he would do all he could to ensure that I was able to go to my kids school events, games, etc. For a short time I worked as an Interior Designer, but in the end, my heart knew I needed to be at home with my kids.

As my boys are almost grown and gone, I realize just how special it has been for me. I know not everyone has the luxury of being a SAHM, and I am so thankful I have had the opportunity.
November 27

For 5 years now, I have owned my own small business. Roots, my store, is a fun mixture of farm style + vintage soul.

I love  Roots. Imagine Magnolia Market, before Magnolia Market made it big time.

A fun fact: every year that Roots has been open, we have improved on our profits from the year before. Not many stores last 5 years, much less make increasing profits each year.

While my store has not been at the top of my priority list these last few months, I look forward to watching my business grow in the future.

November 26

I am thankful for the memories in my heart. 

November 25

Today I am thankful for Black Friday Sales! I love to shop - even if it is only window shopping -  but I refuse to pay full price for anything!

I have rounded up some of the online Black Friday Sales that I have my eye on and wanted to share!

J Crew - 40% off your entire order
J Crew Factory - 50-60% everything
Talbots - 50% one item and then 40% your entire order
Loft - 50% everything

Scrapbook Supplies:
Felicity Jane - having a big Black Friday Sale
Studio Calico - lots of past scrapbook kits on sale, grab bags, stamps on sale
Simon Says Stamp -15% off entire site
Ali Edwards - past December Daily kits on sale up to 60% off + free shipping on orders over $25

Were you able to get any Black Friday Shopping done? Find any great deals? Share in the comments!

November 24

Happy Thanksgiving!

Alex and I have headed to Las Vegas for the holiday since the boys are at their dads.

Unconventional? Yeah.

Much needed? Oh yeah.

I've come to realize that it doesn't matter where I am on a holiday - as long as I am with Alex, I have all I need. Ideally my boys would be with us, but I have long come accustom to them spending 1/2 of the holidays away from me.

My little family? Thats all I need.