Thank you for the AAM Hometown challenge. I was just back in this town yesterday and met up with some friends and had the best time so when I saw this challenge I had to write my thoughts and feelings down. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for looking.


Quote-
You never really leave a place you LOVE.You take a part of it with you. Leaving a part of you behind.


Journaling-
This is the town I call home. I was not born here, but transplanted here. This place was NEVER on my ‘Life To Do’ list. Back in 2004, a job relocation moved us from the big city life to rural Missouri. Alyssa was a sophomore in HS and Aaron was in middle school. You can be assured, if there was a “worst parent’ award, Bob and I were in first place for that coveted trophy. Leaving friends and school and all their activities to move to a small town where they knew no one was not an easy journey for them. We prepared them the best we could and on we went. We had no idea what was waiting for us.


This is the town where neighbors welcomed us. This is the town where a young man at the HS front office said to my daughter, “Are you new here? Welcome. I hope you like it here. “ This is the town where my son hit his first homerun and people cheered as if it was their own child. This is the town where Friday night football fills the stands with a vision of red and white. This is the town where a teacher once said to me, “Thank you for letting me have him in my class. I look forward to my afternoon because I just know he is going to make me smile about something.” This is the town with the little shop on Main Street where we bought that ‘perfect’ prom dress.


This is a town that preserves the beauty and history of its town square. This is the town where the town square is the main drag on a weekend night. This is the town where July 4th festivities and parade and fireworks last a full week on that square. This is the town that watched in horror as an old historic building on that square collapsed and trapped men inside. This is the town that came together to work through the night to shore up the walls and clear the debris and concrete to bring these men to safety. This is the town that prayed like no other that night.


This is the town where I met my truly genuine friends. This is the town that helped us to keep a promise to my son that if job relocation happened again we would find a way for him to graduate with his friends. Job relocation came, but so did a family emergency and alone we could not have kept that promise. This is the town with the people who called me and said, “What do you need? What can we do to help? This is the town with the families who opened their homes and their HEARTS to keep my son with his friends his Senior year to graduate from CHS.


This is the town I call home. I don’t live here right now, but there are 80 acres in this town with our name on it and a home to be built there one day. This is the town where we will retire. This is town we will one day return to. This is the town that was never on my ‘Life To Do’ list. This is the town that has my heart.


Products-
Ali Edwards
Little Bit of Messy Home Word Art
Transitions Paper Collection


Anna Aspnes
Distressed Edge Overlays No. 08