Here's what Christmas looks like at our house this year!
And it's delightful!
Christmas Potpourri recipe:
several oranges or rind
1/2 c. cranberries
3 sticks cinnamon
Fill saucepan with ingredients and water. Place on smallest burner and lowest setting. Refill with water as needed.
Thanksgiving, in a nutshell:
We ate... a lot.
Snow was enjoyed.
The food was good.
As was the fire pit.
And time with these two.
Then, the tide changed.
And happiness reached a new level.
Thankful doesn't even begin to describe my heart for the blessings this year.
The best thing that ever happened to us was when we cut off our cable. Truly.
Don't go on thinking that we are completely TV-less, though. With Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu, and who knows what else, we have plenty to keep us entertained. But it is so nice to have quiet during the day, though I do turn on talk radio some days.
Radio itself is antiquated, I know.
Since being a stay at home mom, I try to make my time truly purposeful. So the radio, music, book and TV choices should be worth my time. Except for that one day a month that I can catch up on some Bravo trash via hulu. A girl's gotta have her vices.
I spend a lot of time at the library lately, and I've come to understand that I have a problem. There are so many books that I want to read that I can't keep up to the due date.
Here are 2 of the 6 or so books I have checked out...
I have a friend that I admire dearly, and several years ago I asked her what's one of the best books she's read regarding being a wife, or Christian, or just a book in general. To my surprise, she said "John Adams" by David McCullough.
I asked, "Really? Why?"
She told me that she was so inspired by Abigail Adams in a profound way that it made her role as a wife and mother so much more purposeful. Abigail had such an impact on our country because she was able to sacrifice the demands she had for her family and be understanding while her husband traveled extensively through torrential weather conditions for a cause that he fervently believed in: America. I can't imagine if Abigail had demanded that he be home when she told him to. Or if she hadn't been so understanding and supportive. God did an amazing work with the founding of our country in multi-faceted ways.
I'm not even half way through, but that theme of support, understanding, and submissiveness is interesting to me. The fact that I could be of any help while my husband does something important is just wonderful to me, to be more like Abigail.
That really isn't the theme of the book, but that's what my friend extracted, and that's what I will look for myself.
And Ben Carson's book...just getting started and love it.
I'm also reading "Grain Brain" and books on Canning and Smoothies since I got a Vitamix.
In addition to being a "radical radio listener" and having an interest in canning, there's one more tidbit to make me just as unusual. I found this quote and I love it. For all those who think I'm a scrooge for not going "all out" for Christmas, take a look at this:
"This quiet yearning for a simplified, sane, sacred Christmas--a Christ-centered Christmas that doesn't scale back Christmas--but scales up WHO Christmas is about." Ann Voskamp
It summed up what I haven't been able to put into eloquent enough words.
So apart from my Christmas Story leg lamp, a 5 piece out of 6 piece nativity set, John Henry's stocking that my mom made, and a fresh wreath, that might be all I'm going to do as far as decorations are concerned.
Truth be told, when we have a house of our own, I'm sure I'll go all goo-goo-ga-ga over the tree and all that jazz. But for now, it'll be those said pieces, lots of Kenny G Christmas, cooking, cheer, and joy of Jesus.
And it's not even Thanksgiving...
Can you believe I let October pass on by without blogging more about how I love fall? Or my birthday? It was a big one too. The big 3-0.
I asked Andrew for a southern trip as my present. So, we decided to make a weekend out of it, drop off the baby, and whistle to Dixie in Oxford, MS for the LSU/Ole Miss game with a stay in Memphis just down the road. Our friends were gracious enough to accommodate us in the best way.
Despite an LSU loss, it was so good to be with my people and have adult conversation.
Here I am, lookin all thirty.
Notice the cotton and chandelier. The Grove goes all out, I tell ya.
My girlfriends...the story of how we all are friends is a funny one. All you really need to know is that the common thread is Jesus, wine, and coffee. I would have said Chi Omega, but one of us isn't so lucky.
The Ole Miss girl knows the way to 30 year olds birthday heart. Wine in a water bottle concealed by one of her babies ruffles stockings. I told you a common thread was wine.
So LSU loses, I get mad and curse the ground Les Miles walks on, blah, blah, blah...
After some serious discussions of the future of football and a large consumption of...BBQ, we head back to Alabama and get our baby as fast as we could. He seems pleased to know that we, in fact, did not leave him forever.
I unpack, wash, and repack then head out the door at 6 am to head to the mountains. The sun was right in my eyes through Atlanta, but a few hours later, I was able to see God's handiwork.
I was photographing some new finds in my jewelry collection, but someone wouldn't let me put him down...
Sometimes a horse and buggy ride will do.
Or a wooden rocker...
It was so nice to have this second getaway after the first, more lively one.
The slower pace, the country roads, the baskets of apples, and homemade jam is what I needed to wrap up my October and birthday weekend.
You realize that football games are just football games, unless, of course, you pull out the win.
There's more football to be played and more life to enjoy this fall.
Hope y'all are having a wonderful season!
It's fall at our house!
The smell of the pumpkin bread in my oven makes me smile.
And so do a few fall decorations.
I love decorating my house in a minimal way.
What I really love is buying a few $0.75 pumpkins and enjoying them throughout October and November and then THROWING THEM AWAY!
Same goes for pine cones and corn stalks...and the blooms from a bush that I technically stole from a neighbor that I don't know.
Happy fall, y'all!