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    Around Here.

    we had a very fun sleepover with the little boys Friday night, including new pillowcases cookie decorating, and a good night’s sleep for everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ Which was especially good because Saturday evening we welcomed Sara and Sunday afternoon we celebrated the first night of Hanukkah! Katie made a delicious dinner with latkes, smoked salmon, salad and jelly doughnuts; Marc made applesauce. I think this might be Sam’s first taste of a jelly doughnut. I think he’s a fan. Then we waited for sunset to light the first candles on the menorah. Marc also taught the boys to play the dreidl game … and declared the outcome a tie ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yesterday…

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    Merrying Along.

    Happy Friday my friends! I checked off the last thing on my to-do list this morning and then enjoyed a delightful two hours with my small group over brunch and the last chapter of Names for the Messiahย … not at the church … … with a surprise visit from the three-month old granddaughter of our hostess (I’m sure you can pick her out!) We have one more party this weekend (Katie is hosting a little Hanukah dinner Sunday evening) and that’s it for a few days. It does seem like December has been one L-O-N-G party and today have a few fun photos to share. First is one from December…

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    Looking Back | Fall 2019.

    Compiling my monthly photo collages (and then sharing them here ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) has been on my to-do list since October. I was all caught up before we left for Montreal – way back on September 19 – and then. well…now nearly three months have elapsed. This is one habit that is way easier to keep up with than to catch up with! Yesterday evening I listened to a podcast* about reflecting back on 2019 and it was just the push I needed to get these collages done – and share them with you. Oh my, right?! 91 tiny images covering September 1 – November 30. I flirted with sharing these…

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    Five Good Things.

    Hello friends. and Hello Friday … evening! Whew, what a week. Marc has the President’s Cup* on behind me – LIVE golf on a Friday evening! – because it’s being played in Australia where it’s already tomorrow (and summer!) and it’s such a soothing background. I wasn’t feeling nearly so calm earlier today because my kitchen looked like this in order to create these plus cranberry oatmeal cookies (still in the oven) and lebkuchen dough for our annual cookie exchange gathering tomorrow. While I’ve been baking this afternoon, I’ve been trying to think about good things. and I thought y’all might need a little “good things” therapy, too. My kitchen…

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    Early December Weekending.

    Hello friends and happy Monday! I have just a few quick updates from the weekend. First, Saturday’s Gathering was a big success. I had two “sorry I can’t come” texts Friday evening and another at 6am on Saturday. I dreamed Friday night that we’d have just a handful of women show up. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case – we had about 30 (which is awesome). Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle was our featured guest and speaker. She’s a “big deal” in our church because she leads the network of churches in the greater Atlanta area*. Her program was “You Are a Gift” (Psalm 139:14 and Ephesians 2:8) and she challenged us to…

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    TGIF | Hello December.

    Hello friends and welcome to this year’s final edition of TGIF | Hello. I really love the challenge of framing a monthly look ahead with only four words that start with T, G, I, and F. And I almost always end up searching words that start with one of those letters! This month was no exception. See if you can spot the letter that challenged me: Twinkle Lights. also candle light. and the soft glow of the lamps that light my desk and my knitting chair. Gatherings. of friends. family. faithful women. Yesterday morning, I led my women’s circle lesson and enjoyed a delightful potluck luncheon. In the afternoon, I…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | Thoughts on Angels.

    My knitting is a blob of purple yarn, soon to become a cardigan for Sam, but right this second, while I’m knitting the shawl collar (on a 24″ circular needle), even I have trouble telling what it is. And I’ve been reading some great books lately. I’m now five books through an audio binge of Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series and I just finished Sarah Bessey’s Jesus Feminist. I owe y’all a major update on what I’ve read, but for today, I have thoughts on angels to share. (because it’s Wednesday, and I’m going to find some way to link up with Kat and friends about the knitting and the books!)…

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    Thanksgiving Weekending.

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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…

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    Hope | November 2019.

    I’ve been thinking about Advent this week. Advent starts this Sunday (the dates of Advent change year to year, because it always starts the 4th Sunday before Christmas) and I am delighted it actually starts on December 1 (next year it will start in November). It marks the beginning of the church year and welcomes a season of waiting and anticipation leading up to Christmas. In many churches, we light candles each week, representing and recalling Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. At our church, different ministries are invited to light the candles each week, and as part of our Prayer Shawl Ministry, I will be lighting the first candle on…

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    Thirty-six.

    Long-time followers already know the backstory. I met Marc before classes even started my freshman year at Georgia Tech*. We dated through college, got engaged Christmas of my senior year (he’d just graduated) and married the following November. We celebrated our 36th anniversary on Tuesday**. He gave me a card and a lovely post on Instagram. I cleaned off a counter (and pledged to keep it clean) and re-instituted I Love You Because*** I honestly don’t remember when I put the frame away, but it’s been at least a few years. On Tuesday, I told Marc I thought we were better together when we had an easy way to leave…