I've been thinking a lot lately about blessings - the tremendous number of "little" things that I take for granted.
Being able to live in my hometown, where my kids can visit their grandparents and relatives often.
Living in a country and state where I can homeschool my children as their dad and I see fit.
Fresh air and sunshine and beautiful autumn leaves on the trees.
The way my kids can translate the peculiar sign language I use when my throat is too sore for hollering at them.
And, after spending most of yesterday on a mission (to find a stand of very specific dimensions to hold a computer stack), I'm also thankful to:
The Home Front Antique Store on 4th Street in Albion, IL. They have some fantastic furniture and unique knickknacks and offer reasonable prices. A special note to homeschoolers - there are some very interesting old school books in the back. They are going to be relocating, so stop by soon to check them out! (When they find a new home, I'll let you know!)
TJ's Thrift Store in Wayne City, IL. He has great furniture, collectibles, and some small appliances. Here, my quest ended with the purchase of a 2-shelf pine bookcase for only $6!
I appreciate the low prices at Wal-Mart-type retailers, but it's really nice to find local shops to support. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation, after all. And saving money is always a good thing on the Home Front!