Blog Post by Erika

It’s that time of the year again where we take a little extra time to think about what we’re thankful for. It’s also that time of the year where extra pounds seem to suddenly appear on the scale! But more importantly, it’s a time to contemplate our history and thank God for allowing our trusty pilgrims to arrive safely on the shores of Massachusetts many years ago and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our history is so important because it paved the path for the life we live today. Religious freedom. Democracy. Equality. I was never a fan of history class in high school – I found it soooo boring. But now I’m at that age where I realized everything they taught wasn’t just out of torture. I wish I had paid better attention!

So, I thought it’d be fun to share some Thanksgiving history with all the other people out there who were nodding off in history class or too busy passing notes with friends to pay attention to the lecture. I hope you learn something valuable from our past and I hope you set just a little extra time aside from food, shopping, family, and football to thank God for allowing such a glorious day to take place in 1621! I’m going to plan on doing the same. Without Him, we wouldn’t have much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Thanksgiving Timeline:


The first Thanksgiving is observed by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians at Plymouth Colony with a three-day feast.


President Washington issues a proclamation naming November 26 a day of national thanksgiving, but it failed to become an annual tradition.


Magazine editor, Sarah Hale, wrote a letter to President Lincoln convincing him to proclaim the last Thursday in November as a national Thanksgiving Day.


President Roosevelt moves Thanksgiving Day up one week earlier to extend Christmas shopping season. This causes confusion and divides the country as only about half of the states change their celebration date.


Congress rules that the fourth Thursday in November will be observed as Thanksgiving Day and a federal legal holiday.


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Blog Post by Erika:

Let me first start this blog off by saying that I am so excited to see these two engaged! Tyler and Krista are good friends and it just so happens that Tyler will be one of my Tyler’s groomsmen and my Tyler will be one of Tyler’s groomsmen…the names can sometimes get confusing, right? Tyler and Krista have been our double date buddies for quite some time now so going through the whole wedding experience together has been a lot of fun. These two are a blast to be around and Kayla and I had a great time traveling out to their family’s farm in Wenona, IL to take their engagement pictures. They had fun props for us to use like an old Ford truck, and their adorable golden retriever, Macy, was the star of the show!

I love engagement stories so I thought I’d share with our followers how Tyler proposed to Krista. Who doesn’t enjoy reading a good love story?! Krista went on vacation with her family without Tyler this year to Hilton Head, South Carolina. Tyler told Krista he wasn’t going to be able to come on vacation because he couldn’t get it off of work. Little did Krista know, Tyler had quite the surprises ahead for her. Tyler arrived in Hilton Head completely surprising Krista, but it wasn’t until the last day of vacation that Tyler got down on one knee. Tyler and Krista were taking a walk on the beach when he popped the question. How romantic!!! Krista’s obvious answer was “YES!” And that leads us here…to this beautiful engaged couple. The funny part of this story is that it took Tyler the whole vacation to attain the courage needed to ask Krista’s dad for his blessing (this sounds awfully familiar!)  ”I could not have been happier! He is truly the most wonderful man I have ever met and I cannot wait to see where the rest of this journey takes us!” – Krista

We hope you enjoy looking at their pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them! Congrats to Krista and Tyler!

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