Thoughts on Patriotism (With Free Patriotic Printables)

Wow, what a year 2016 has been. Before I get started, I’ll warn you that this post is a political one. I’ll be keeping it neutral because, honestly, that’s how I’m feeling right now. Caught in the middle of all that is happening with our nation right now.

I did a few hours of therapeutic designing last night, but I still needed some writing therapy.

Unify Free Patriotic Printable - April's Happy Place
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Somehow we ended up with two nominees for president that no one in America seemed to care for. Everyone voted for who they thought would do a less horrible job than the other guy. I don’t understand how it happened, but it did. It wasn’t the outcome I was hoping for, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that Donald Trump is now President-elect of this great country.

A lot of people are downright furious, and I understand that. President Trump has a more than questionable past, as does Secretary Clinton. But I’m sick of dwelling on that. I believe that people are capable of change. I’m horrified by all the violence that has occurred since the election. The man hasn’t even been in office for a week. He hasn’t even had a chance to mess up yet. Let’s give him some time to adjust.

United We Stand Free Patriotic Printable - April's Happy Place
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Anarchy will not solve anything. Hate cannot be vanquished by more hate. We need to come together as a nation. We need to unify.

United We Stand Divided We Fall Patriotic Free Printable - April's Happy Place
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I’ve seen a lot of really inspiring things circulating on Facebook lately, and I’d like to share a few of those here.

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congratulated President Trump and issued this statement following the election:

We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to join us in praying for the president-elect, for his new administration and for elected leaders across the nation and the world. Praying for those in public office is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints. The men and women who lead our nations and communities need our prayers as they govern in these difficult and turbulent times.

Read the full statement here.

There is no need to live in fear of what might happen. We can (and should) all play our part in the political process by voting. We can pray for our leaders, and have faith in God’s plan for us as Americans. Aside from that, I will take Barbara Bush’s advice and focus on what happens in my own house ♥


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