Today I am thankful for the connections we have made in our community. Thanks to the recommendation of a friend's dad, we have a mechanic we trust and appreciate. Just today he put a new fuse in our brake lights for free! I am thankful for the former student who does my hair and took our family pictures. I am so blessed knowing we have friends who are police officers and fire fighters - they've answered lots of our questions about the community and other issues we need info on. We've been maintaining relationships w/people in other local businesses and fields that have proved useful. A high school classmate who lives in town did some masonry work on our house and we would recommend him to anyone! We've had carpenter friends do work on this house, we've had friends give recommendations for other needs and we've certainly enjoyed and learned a lot from the company of other teacher friends.