The big news around here is that we broke ground for the backyard remodel. This is a project we've wanted to do for the 4+ years we've lived here, so we're very excited for it to be underway.
For the first time in the last few years, I'm truly happy that the holiday season is upon us. Usually I've felt really frazzled and overwhelmed and Where did the year go?! and There's so much to do! And I'm not ready! I attribute that to the general buzz and brain of having tiny kids. Now that we're all a little older, and there's been a lot of heart work happening this year, I'm welcoming a season aimed at joy and peace.
Even with the onslaught of commercialism thrown in. We can weed through it, friends! We must.
(Did anyone else see Momastery's post about how her family gets all their shopping done by Thanksgiving - Santa takes no more requests - so that December can be less frantic? I love this idea, and am going to do my best to implement it, or at least come close.)
But I'm preaching to the choir. This week on the HH facebook page, y'all were the ones who surprised me with how many were done or almost done with their Christmas shopping. I'm just getting started. And in the process of ordering our holiday cards.
Reminder that today is the last day to enter the Minted giveaway!
Saw this on a friend's facebook page. YES.
For your weekend reading pleasure:
- Our "Mommy" Problem. Really interesting thoughts here.
- Deacons and Elders and Me. Such a good post from Micha Boyett over at Deeper Story
- Somewhat related (and how I glad I was to read this from Sarah Bessey): Being Brave Together
- Death by Book from Jillian Lauren. Remember when I read her book Some Girls this summer? Still thinking about it.
Happy Thanksgiving Week to you. So many things to be grateful for, so many things to be sad about, so much beauty and joy and bittersweet as we offiically enter the holiday season.
I hope wherever you are is full of love.
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