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Friday Favorites, 12.2.22.

  Happy Friday, friends and HAPPY DECEMBER! It's my favorite month of the year! If this is any indication of how this post is going to go, you'll have to forgive me. I told you I loved this time of year and I can finally go all out in saying it and sharing all the Christmas things that are my favorite. Before I get started, I'm linking up with Andrea and Erika for today's post. I also want to remind you that the next Currently link party is happening on the first Wednesday of the month—which will be next week, December 7. We'll be talking about  what we're currently loving, gifting, wrapping, hoping and attending.  I hope you join us! If you want to read last month's, you can read that post  here . I have all the things to share today, because I didn't post last Friday, so here goes! You may want to grab something yummy and hot to drink while you read. On the night before Thanksgiving, Todd and I had our second annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner date night
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Thankful Thursday

  Happy Thursday, friends! Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn't mean we should ever stop having a grateful heart. I love this post because it puts everything else into perspective—which is something I always need! I'll jump in with my list for this week thus far.  I was thankful for the long weekend after Thanksgiving! I'm always a little peopled out by Thursday night of Thanksgiving each year and was back home, showered and in pajamas by five that afternoon. Too early? My husband did the exact same thing! I am also always thankful for such great family time on that day and the week leading up to that. I am thankful for canceled plans. I had plans on Saturday night with my sister, but we canceled them and I've never been so glad! It was rainy, cold and just overall miserable outside. It was wonderful staying inside and cozy. I am thankful for the thoughtfulness of my sons! All of them have attributes I appreciate. Graham is always thoughtful and will bring me food

the books I read in November

  Happy Wednesday, friends! I went ahead and decided to continue on in sharing the books I read each month. That will make it a full year that I was consistent in that. Woohoo! I don't always follow through well. And there were the two months that I had to combine, since I forgot about this in September. I digress. I've been reading Christmas books since the first of November, and I am not upset about that at all! Along with the books, I've also been watching all the Hallmark Christmas movies, as you know, which is why I was so ready to decorate for Christmas at the first of November. I'll jump right in to my post for today. Click on each picture to be re-directed to Amazon to read about or purchase the book. The excerpts I share about each book are taken from Amazon's website.  ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Every December, Josie posts a letter from her home in London to the parents she lost on Christmas night many years ago. Each year, she writes the same three words:  Missing you, always.

the cozy season (a bonus post)

I so rarely write a post and then post it on the same day, but here goes! First, if you're here early Tuesday morning, make sure and read my Share 4 Somethings post that I made later in the day yesterday. Just click that link! Is this me making up for taking a blog break last week? These posts will definitely be all I make again until Wednesday of this week.😉  I had to share this one, though, because I was inspired by the festive drink I had after dinner tonight. Cheers to the cozy season! I love hot chocolate and my semi-homemade version is way better than the overpriced versions found in coffee shops. (This is why it's best I figure out how to make things on my own.) Also, speaking of semi-homemade, does anyone remember that old show on either The Cooking Channel or Food Network called Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee? I always loved the show because it was so practical. That being said, the same could be said of my version of this yummy holiday drink.  First, this is the mix

share 4 somethings- November edition

  Happy Tuesday, friends! I'm linking up with Heather G over at her blog for this monthly post that I love. A bunch of us are sharing things we've loved, gleaned, braved and achieved.  Loved I always struggle with what to tell you that I love, because I love a LOT of things. I'll try to make this quick and give a little synopsis of each picture. I loved the cold snap we had! It was FREEZING for a few days, literally, and I took full advantage and wore all the sweaters, fuzzy jackets and layers I could manage while it lasted.  I loved seeing all the Christmas decorations coming to life on our town square as I walked into work on the days that I worked. I REALLY love our little town!  I loved wearing all the fall colored nail polishes this month. I was squeezing in as many as I could!  I loved all the Hallmark, Great American Family and Lifetime Christmas movies that I watched while my husband worked.  I loved seeing so many family members this month. Each picture of me with

weekending/Hello Monday

  Happy Monday, friends! I'm linking up with Holly and Sarah for today's blog post.  I have to confess that the blog break and very long weekend last week was so nice, but even though that was the case, I missed you. I purposefully didn't even up my laptop for pleasure for the rest of the week after I read blogs on Wednesday morning. I do love being here, but a break is nice time and again. I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have to confess something else—it didn't feel very much like Thanksgiving time last week, and I think I had a case of the holiday blues. I know that people have said they struggle with this sometimes, but it's been ages since I've felt like that. I had a little evaluation of my perspective on Wednesday morning and after spending time in prayer and reading the Bible, I did feel marginally better. I say "marginally", because I don't always feel different after I do those things.  I always like to be real here, yo