Whether you’re aware of it or not, Christmas is quickly approaching! Based on the relatively limited number of Christmas cards I’ve received this year, I’d say the season has snuck up on a lot of people. That or my family made it on far fewer people’s “nice lists”.

Getting a VA loan can be a complicated process, and there are a lot of resources out there giving advice on what you should do to simplify the process. But what about the things you shouldn’t do?

Thanksgiving is almost here and whether you’re looking forward to spending time with friends and family or dreading the event entirely we all have something to be thankful for. The lessons I learned in Iraq are true still today, “things can always get worse”, that’s why one should always be thankful and not just on one day of the year.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism, family, and food. I don’t have any problem with doing that, and enjoying the season, but I encourage you to take a moment to not only be grateful, but truly show your gratitude.

This nation’s pride and joy, our military veterans, have put their lives on the line for the rights and values we hold dear. It’s no wonder we have no problem offering those service members the opportunity to get into housing with much more relaxed lending standards than for normal civilians.

Buying a home is one of the most exciting and nerveracking decisions most people will make in their lifetime. It is also likely to be the single largest purchase most people will ever make.

Isn’t it nice to have dedicated holidays to help us remember the things that are important to us? I know we should always be grateful, especially for the men and women who sacrificed so much for us, but life gets overwhelmingly busy. I’m grateful we have days like today, Veterans Day 2013, to help refocus our thoughts and build unity as a nation.

This year our own Mike Frakes represented Creekside Mortgage, Inc at the 2013 Symbol of Freedom benefiting CDM Long-Term Care services.

Veteran’s Day is just around the corner and if you were wondering what to do this weekend we have compiled a short list of free eats and treats, shopping and entertainment.