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And that would be a wrap on November <3

The end of the Thanksgiving-palooza.

The end of November.

The end of my computer as we knew it…and the hope that the marvelous Geek Squad at Best Buy can keep the old girl running long enough to transfer all my words and photos onto the new one.

The end of the hope that I was going to get a November newsletter pulled together and sent out to you email subscribers over the weekend.

And new beginnings of December ! Yes!! Let’s get this Journey to Christmas started tomorrow with a new countdown. Hoping you will join me on a very special 25 days of Christmas look at a very non traditional holiday walk through 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

We start tomorrow so I really hope you will join me for a sweet little get away during this month and find encouragement with me in the teachings of these two short books <3

But before we leave November behind, here is a recap of our festivities:

A friend posted a super cute fruit kabob turkey on her Facebook page and we took on the challenge.

I knew ours would take on a whole new level of freestyle art. They had fun, we ate fruit til it ran out our ears and no one got hurt so….a good time was had by all.

I made these Pumpkin Crock Pot Cinnamon rolls for the second time and they were delicious and easy.

So here is the recipe. There is a typo of 12 tsp of Baking Soda which would be so awful so I tried to correct with some fancy editing…enjoy

I THINK this is a link to same recipe…

Our little family of six joined us for brunch on Thanksgiving day and we actually got a picture with all four kiddos and us facing the camera and smiling.

So much fun and then they headed off to Zach’s family celebration and we rested before having our Covid Buddy friends for dinner.

No pictures, but it was so good…we opted for beef tenderloin this year and let me tell you…I didn’t miss the turkey carcass clean up one bit.

We did, however, manage to overeat … because some traditions are necessary to mark the holiday.

On Saturday we took a good hike at one of the local parks with some friends and it was so beautiful and sunny…again no pictures…take my word for it.

Being outdoors in the last mild days of this season were good for the soul so we talked this party of six into another hike on Sunday…

They were still long enough for me to snap a picture but this was more how it went down…

and as we were saying our goodbyes, Little Miss Thing said we needed a picture of the “girls”…

Best. Day. Ever.

See you tomorrow for the Countdown 2020 style!!!

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Technology woes, Shingles prevention and some randoms of the grands…must be Thursday <3

Good morning!

I am over here trying to still master some computer glitches and I don’t want to bore you with the details but I do want to thank you for your patience.

Technology is wonderful when it works and sooooo frustrating when it doesn’t.

We have had a busy week with our kiddos and for fun in the middle of this pandemic, Russ and I went to get our Shingles Vaccine yesterday. Both of us have sore arms and I ended up with shivers last night and all of that is so fun when you know that the symptoms of a reaction are twinsies with Covid symptoms.


So to brighten your day and to get something out there before I move on with my good friends at Apple Care to figure out what is going on with my computer…here are some randoms for you of some of our favorite people.

This photo is a lovely artsy one I took when Graham was a little fellow helping Papi rake leaves. He was here last week and decided to rake while Russ was working in his office.

I told him about this cute picture I had of him throwing leaves up in the air when he was about four years old.

He decided to do a 9 year old reenactment.

Please … look at his face. I about died laughing.

It’s hard to have them growing up and then they do things that are so witty and I realize the fun is just taking on new levels as they grow and mature and come into who they will be <3

Like when I went for my 20 minute run and he scootered next to me chatting away and at one point asking me if I was in my beast mode yet. It’s hard to run when you are laughing so hard.

Then we had this one for an overnight.

He had his morning devotions while I had mine.

I may have loved this so much.

He also wanted to make fire starters from our supplies of lint and toilet paper rolls.

He is industrious to say the least.

This one is lobbying for an overnight next:

And talked me into bringing some of our leftover Baghetti while he waits patiently for his turn.

He is missing the fun of preschool this year and his parents are doing spinning plates as they educate the two older ones whilst keeping the two little ones on track.

I discovered they kind of like arts and crafts…

Sure love this little turkey.

And then there is our girl child.

Who is all about pink and unicorns and bows and bling…but when you have three older brothers….

Your purse sometimes has a little edge to it.


That’s all I have.

I am feeling better as the day wears on so miles to go before I sleep.

Hope you are doing well…

You are loved <3

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Just a little bit of emotion in the Christmas aisle <3

As I told you yesterday, I worked on getting lights up on our front bushes today. This involved two trips to Menards and one to Target to get lights, more extension cords and a coffee at Starbucks.

Because holiday cups, you know.

The aisles are jam packed with stocking stuffers, necessities for trimming and wrapping, holiday plates, cups and napkins and even food items specially packaged for serving and giving.

And it all looks very normal until I realize how very not normal the holidays will be this year.

It reminds me of the weird sensation I get when we have had a baseball or football game on the past few months.

I hear the roar of the crowds and the banter of the announcers discussing the action on the field. after months of hearing only the details of flattening the curve and washing my hands, this background noise seems comfortable.

Until I glance at the screen and see the empty stadium and I am reminded the business as usual is just a pretense.

The reality is we have friends who have tested positive and experienced a wide range of symptoms and recoveries. We have heard the shocking news of deaths from young to old as a result.

There is the perplexing rate of recoveries that don’t seem to get talked about and the ever-changing guidelines for what to look for, how to be safe and checking numbers around the country and world.

We talk with friends and family about the fact that most likely we will all get it and we wonder how much longer businesses can continue with limits set on how they can offer their services. It’s a puzzle what is allowed to be open and what is closed.

And the commercial world continues on with stocking shelves with holiday clothes while we are told to not gather with even our family. Lexus is still trying to convince us a luxury car would make a great little gift for someone on our list.

All this to say if you find yourself strolling through some aisle of wrapping paper and cards and suddenly feel overcome with a wide range of emotions, you are not alone.

I would remind you that the holidays were a mixed bag of nostalgia, new traditions and change before we added a pandemic. If you are overwhelmed, I recommend a nice cup of something warm, several deep breaths and a prayer to focus on what today’s tasks are.

The holidays will be different but if we have learned anything over this year of 2020, it is that there will be some hard things, some bittersweet things, some things we will miss terribly and some beautiful blessings we would have missed completely if things had gone on in the usual way.

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