Friday, December 3, 2021

Friday Favorites, 12.3.21


Happy Friday, friends! I'm linking up with Andrea and Erika today for this weekly favorites blog post.

I hope you've had a good week! I have. It's been nice and easy, which I always love. I thought I'd share a few favorite things that went on in the last week's time. 

 First up was this amazing sermon my friend AJ preached. I love taking notes and I love looking back on it throughout the week. It's my favorite when the sermon really prompts me to pray specifically about something all week. This week I've been praying that I would be a kingdom-minded person who believes in Jesus, thinks like Jesus and loves like Jesus. What a perfect challenge for us during this time of year that the whole world celebrates Jesus, even if they don't know Him. One day, my friend, every knee will bow at His holy Name.

Funny sayings like this one above are my favorite. This one made me chuckle a little too hard because it is so very true. I mean, I would take every one of these things offered to me as gifts. 🤣

When we bought our house eighteen years ago, these stairs were my favorite part of the whole house. I love that they're worn now and so rustic looking. I would never change them! I gave a Christmas home tour on my blog this week. I'd love for you to check it out! You can click here to see the post. 

It's always a favorite night to join my worship ministry family as we deck the halls at church. We were given Chick Fil A for dinner and then we started decorating. It only took a couple of hours. After this, my friend Teresa and I went and grabbed a peppermint milkshake. They're my favorite!

I found some favorite treasures this week as I cleaned out a cabinet. I love putting things like this inside the cover of my bible. 

Another favorite night this week was the night we had Tablescapes at our church. This is an annual women's event that was cancelled last year, so it was good to be back and the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season. These pictures above were our musical guests High Road and this was the table I decorated and hosted.

I love my sons' rooms upstairs! I love how different their tastes are and that they love twinkling lights as much as their mom. I had straightened up a little upstairs one day when I took these. The only room that was already as pictured is the middle one and it belongs to Jonah. 

My favorite thing is to repurpose the things in our home. This book shelf was in Jonah's room and he used it as a nightstand until this past weekend when their new beds came in. He needs a lower nightstand now, so we put this in our bathroom. I'd been wanting a piece of furniture here for some extras of things we have to keep in here, like q-tips, cleaners, soaps, that scale. This worked perfectly!

Christmas shirt, check. 

Christmas earrings, check.

Christmas shirts and accessories are my favorite.

Eating little bits of several things is my favorite. I often do this for lunch or dinner. This was my lunch yesterday and it was all so good.

I'll end this post with one last favorite, thanks to my friend and fellow blogger, Tanya. See the pretty image on my tv? It's a YouTube channel! Calmed By Nature is a channel that plays videos with scenes like the one pictured above. A lot of them even play soft piano music in the background. I leave this on all day and it makes me so happy to see something so pretty above the fireplace. It's easiest if you subscribe to the Calmed By Nature channel and then search for Christmas videos/images. 

You can thank me later. I hope you have a great weekend, friends. Thanks for reading my blog! Love to all. ❤

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday, friends! I'm co-hosting this weekly blog part along with Rebecca Jo and Leslie. We hope you'll join in with us in sharing all that we have to be so thankful for. 

I am so grateful that we had a fun women's event at church this week. Tablescapes is always one of my favorite things to do as a women's group and it was the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season. This was Tuesday night of this week. Here are a few pictures I took.

The two pictures above are the table that I hosted. This is how Tablescapes works—someone volunteers to host and decorate a table and their job for the night is to greet the women as they come in and make them feel welcome, then keeping the conversation flowing at the table while we eat together. I love doing this! The kind of table I like to decorate is one that is simple and all about Jesus. I only bought two things and that was only because I wanted to use them at my house after the event. I gave each lady a little happy to take him in the form of either a nativity ornament or an ornament with the word "believe" on the front. 

The dinner was served at six thirty and at seven our musical guests started their set. I loved the group this year! Highroad is named after one of my favorite verses. Proverbs 3:6 says this—in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.

It was such a fun night and I always love walking around to look at all the beautifully decorated tables. We couldn't have this last year, so it felt so wonderful for it to be back this year.

I'm thankful for the two slow mornings in a row I've been able to enjoy. Most of you know how much I love to be up early, and after I read blogs and browse social media for five minutes, I like to grab a second cup of coffee and read.

I'm thankful to be able to be a part of the worship ministry. We have fun together and we had a great time decorating our church on Monday night.

These friends and I did the garlands on those rails overlooking the grand foyer. It was such a fun night! Before we got started, we ate Chick Fil A for dinner.

After days off and all of us home together, I was thankful for them to go back to work on Monday. 🤣 I have slipped into a sweet spot of being at home in the mornings after everyone leaves. I take my time with Jesus every morning, then I go upstairs to make my bed, get dressed and tidy up. I am so thankful for the years that the Lord provided for us for me to stay home with them. I loved those years of being their mom and doting on them. I always refer to those years as the golden years and I still think they are, but that can be said for just about any age. I've always discovered that whatever ages my sons are, it's my favorite age. I love them all, of course, but I genuinely like them. They're just good and kind guys. They smile a lot, they always tell me about their day, they call me as they drive and they all give me hugs regularly, or at least when I ask.

I am so thankful for all of this. 

I'd love to hear from you! What are you most thankful for this week? Has one thing or a few things stood out to you? I'd love to hear from you! I've been inspired to start a new blog series next week in which I talk about the goodness of God. There is a song that I've loved for a while that prompted that idea this week. I'll leave you with the video, because you all know how much I love a great worship song. This is Goodness of God by CeCe Winans.

Thanks for reading my blog, friends. Here's the link for you to join in with us below. Love to all! ❤

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

currently- December edition


Happy Wednesday, friends! I'm linking up with Anne (in residence) for this monthly linkup. This month I am sharing about what I'm currently decorating, feeling, smelling, sending and wrapping.

Decorating: Well, the easiest way I can explain this is by referring you to the blog post that went live this morning. I shared a Christmas home tour today and put lots of pictures of our Christmas decorations this year. Funny fact: I never decorate the same way two years in a row.

I like to put a little touch of Christmas in all the rooms, even in the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. I use special Christmas scented handsoaps and all purpose cleaners (Mrs. Meyers) to make things smell extra yummy and I like to light my evergreen scented candles in the daytime and evenings.

Smelling: Currently I'm not smelling much. My nose is a little messed up from battling with my sinuses recently and since we all had covid last year, I can't smell a good portion of the time. My sense of smell never fully returned, which is so strange, or I'll have a smell of something burning that I smell. When I am smelling, I like to smell the candles I already mentioned or a clean house. I am trying to be better about mopping and will do that either today or tomorrow, but I love smelling Pine Sol in our home. It smells so fresh and clean!

We have hardwood floors downstairs and the dogs make lots of paw prints on them, so I've started buying inexpensive rugs to cover the trouble spots, like in this hall above, at the front door on the inside, in the laundry room and by the back door.

Sending: I'm not sending much right now, but when I do, I love to buy surprise little happies on Amazon and ship them to people. I love sending books my great nieces will enjoy and I have plans to send some other things here and there to a few people. Would you believe I've never sent Christmas cards? It's just never been my thing and even though I love receiving them, I knew that it would not be realistic for me to start sending them later on in life, especially as I got busier with raising our sons.

I love sending encouragement to people over social media. I shared the pictures above recently. One of them is how I use the inside covers of my bible—I like to use that space to preserve things I want to keep forever, like handwritten notes and verses the boys gave to me when they were young. I also love to share sermon notes occasionally and posted this to our women's page on Instagram from this past week's message. It was SO GOOD!

Wrapping: I have started receiving gifts, but I haven't started wrapping them yet. I love to wrap gifts! It is similar to folding clothes, which is also something I love to do. It's so satisfying to me! I love to use brightly colored wrapping paper like these below.

I love buying my favorite wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby, because it has a grid on the back of it that makes it easier to cut straight lines. It's the Brother & Sister brand that I love so much. I buy a couple of new rolls each year to add to my arsenal, but I make sure they all coordinate with one another. I'm funny like that. 

Thanks for reading my blog, friends! I hope you have a great day. Love to all. ❤

Welcome, December.

 Oh, friends. It's the final month of the year and I have so many thoughts and feelings about all that has transpired since this time last year. I always have so many mixed emotions about the month of December, the month that is my favorite of them all. In some ways I'm always so glad it's finally here, but in other ways, I'm sad that it's here. I know the swiftness with which this month will go by—we will blink and it will be over. I always love to share my favorite Christmas song at this time of year, and I know you've probably heard it a million times on my blog alone, but it's worth repeating.

It's Heaven Everywhere by Francesca Battistelli.

I love the lyrics of this beautiful song—they always resonate so deeply within me. 

Well aside from the welcome of December and my favorite month, I thought I'd welcome you into our home. I wish all of you could come and join me for a cup of coffee or hot tea and that we could sit and have a conversation in person. I know we can't do that, so I consider this the next best option.

Come on in, friends. Most of what I use to decorate with is old and handed down from someone I love. I'm so grateful for that! That can actually be said about most of what's in our home. I bought a new porch sign this year, though the one that says 'BELIEVE'. I love it and even more than I love the sign, I love that it was less than $20 and bought with a gift card.

This is what is on the other side of our front door. Side note: when we bought our home eighteen years ago this month, the stairs were what made me fall in love and sold me on this house. I still love them! They get hairy because of our dogs, so we have to clean them often, but I can be okay with that. My husband hung those old windows on the stairwell wall last year and I still love them every bit as much as the day he hung them. Come on into our dining room!

This table is turned a different way now, but this is the dining room looks like. I never do it the same way twice! You'd be shocked to know that Drew, Jonah and Noah love to eat at this table alone. Isn't that funny? This room leads right into the kitchen.

I love our kitchen. I spend most of my time in here and it's where I sit with Jesus every morning. I used to do that by the light of the Christmas tree in the living room, but this is 40 something—eyesight that has been better in days gone by and the need of a table so that I can write.

I added wreaths above the kitchen sink and oven last year and I still love them. I recently took down curtains from the windows near the kitchen table and I love it so much more now. It opened up the space and it feels larger to me in here now. I love natural light—along with cute tea towels and good smelling candles. Come on into the living room!

This is the hallway leading into the living room and this is where the downstairs bathroom is located. I keep little books in there in case anyone wants to read while they sit (😉) and I always put a few little things around the sink.

I love our tree and the hearth this year. I love color, in case you couldn't tell and the tree is full of sentimental and meaningful ornaments like the ones you see pictured. A lot of them are handmade by the boys when they were younger and some were given to us, like the Veggie Tales one. The boys loved Veggie Tales when they were younger and a sweet lady at Lifeway gave Jonah and Noah each an ornament one time when the three of us went in there because they were so well behaved. Come on upstairs!

This is what's at the landing at the top of the stairs. I love the  gingerbread men and the flocked tree. My sister Trish gave me the gingerbread men and my mom bought me this tree as my birthday gift a few years ago. Come into our bedroom!

I love our bedroom! The pillows you see on the bed were gifts, as was the blanket. My mom and stepdad made that Santa picture above the bed and the twinkling lights stay put all year. The last room I'm inviting you into is our bathroom right off the bedroom.

I love using specialty hand soaps at all the sinks and this cute little bucket you see above is new. I put all my lotions inside of it and now it resides on the shelf we just put in there over the weekend. I like to use Christmas hand towels as well as other small little personal touches when we have people over. I hope you enjoyed our home all decked for the holidays! I loved having you. This would be what you would see as I hug you goodbye.

Me smiling my goodbye and my Christmas tree earrings that sparkle like lights. Thanks for reading, friends! Love to all. ❤

Friday Favorites, 12.3.21

  Happy Friday, friends! I'm linking up with Andrea and Erika today for this weekly favorites blog post. I hope you've had a good ...