Hello friends! I hope y’all enjoyed a lovely long weekend, maybe with delicious food and good company and then time to pause and give December a warm welcome (thankfully without snow)? Yep, that was how we did it around here!
We celebrated Thanksgiving with Katie and her family and my mom (aka “Gramma”). Katie sets a lovely and very kid (and grown-up kid)-friendly table!
The pilgrim hat placecards made another appearance, much to everyone’s delight.
Some of us wear our hats better than others 😉
We also colored turkeys. Charlie won the prize for most realistic. and also best post-coloring smile.
Of course I have no photos of what we ate, but there was plenty. and it was all good!
Friday’s highlight was a dark-early trip to Home Depot for poinsettias. I’m guessing none of y’all got to experience disco lights and a DJ at 6:15am in the Home Depot parking lot, but I did. We did get a trunkful of poinsettias without too much of a crowd. and Marc left this nice note for me later in the day
The Task Master part of that note refers to our new coffee pot. After much research and deliberation, we finally decided on a Breville. It grinds the beans and brews the coffee … hot! This new pot has a lot of bells and whistles. Like beeping (and displaying a message) if you turn it on without having water in the tank, or beans in the hopper. Yes I have “made coffee” without both of those things and let me tell you, I welcome the supervision.
On Saturday, my mom came over to help me decorate the tree. My sister gave me this ornament – a beautiful memento of Hope.
And yesterday, we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent.
The Hope liturgy was the one I hoped for. I lit the candle while another liturgist read these words:
“So today as we light the candle of hope as a reminder and as prayer that we might stop waiting and start living, stop watching and start moving.”
My December is off to a “living and moving” start. Today, our Women’s Ministry delivered a trunkload of coats, scarves, puzzles, games, toiletries and lap robes to support local homeless and aging ministries. Wednesday afternoon I’m picking up my sister and niece at the airport (they’re in England now and the reason Sara didn’t have a completely Thanksgiving-free weekend). Thursday, my women’s circle meets (I’m leading the lesson), as does the knitting group at my mom’s community AND I’m hosting bookclub. and Saturday our Women’s Ministry is hosting a gathering to focus on mission in our community. Such is the Joy of the Season!
and on that note, here’s to a great week!