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    TGIF | Hello January.

    I am easing gently into this new year … slowly wrapping my head around the “twenties” being something right now instead of the “roaring twenties” of my grandparents’ generation and thankful the calendar isn’t quite ramped up to full speed – that happens next week and I think I’ll be ready! Thinking about … reading better in 2020. I spent a few fun hours Wednesday morning going over the book lists my various groups have planned for this year and deciding how I’d read – paper, kindle, audio – and how I’d acquire – own, buy, borrow. I placed a few orders for books, tagged “immediately available” on Overdrive for…

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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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    TGIF | Gratitude.

    Oh my, I have loved the gratitude notes that Michelle popped into my inbox each morning this week. As a rule, I don’t check email before I begin my morning quiet time, but this week, I logged on briefly to snag a screenshot of her prompt. I logged a few comments with my morning journaling, then let the prompt sit … marinate even … and I was surprised – and delighted – with what all of that time turned up. My evening posts weren’t what my morning time envisioned. or some days even could’ve imagined. Is that gratitude at work? or time? I’d like to think it’s both. Thinking about…

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    TGIF | Hello November.

    Y’all, I was beyond excited to turn over the calendar page this morning to see what little boy delights awaited. All of the photos in this year’s calendar were taken last fall … and while Charlie certainly looks older, Sam seems like a whole new person. a little boy with his own personality. *happy sigh* being able to see them change month-by-month is such a blessing. and I love that the rest of this view hasn’t changed. nor has my practice of welcoming a new month on the first Friday! Here’s my TGIF Hello for November: Thanksgiving. We’ll be celebrating at Katie’s with my mom this year. Katie has the…

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    TGIF | Hello September.

    It’s the first Friday of a new month and you know that that means – a special edition of TGIF! Thinking about … plans for cool weather making and pairing cropped sweaters with fuller bottoms. I honestly have no idea how this look will look on me, but I’m willing to give it a try. And layering a sweater over a dress seems like a great way to stretch a fall/spring piece into winter. Like why didn’t I think of this before?! Grateful for … the opportunity to celebrate my niece’s birthday yesterday with a full table of family-who-are-friends. (also for my sister’s amazing baking skills and tres leches birthday…

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    TGIF | Hello August.

    Hello August! I do love a month with five Fridays – especially because I will likely miss a TGIF post for two of them while I’m in England. Honestly, I’m having trouble thinking beyond my trip right now – and I do love playing around with words – so this post is all about what I’m welcoming for that experience: Two of us. I thought for sure I’d written a post about what an awesome travel partner Sara is, but I can’t find it, so maybe I didn’t. In any event, we started traveling together – two of us – in 2006 (Sara was in middle school) and since then,…

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, y’all! In spite spending all that time on sleeve island, the week really flew by. and without further ado: Thankful for … an FO! I finished up the ribbing and blocked yesterday afternoon (oh my – this yarn blocks beautifully and dries fast) and then seamed those sleeves this afternoon. I did try it on very quickly (and it fits) …and I can’t wait to actually wear it! (and looking at the weather forecast for Bristol, it appears I might even need a heavier sweater. and a raincoat. and an umbrella). Gathering … book recommendations. Y’all, I have about 20 hours of solo travel time and a week…

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday! I feel like TGIF is sort of an honorary Good Newses, so it really doesn’t even need to call it out. I must admit, I haven’t been this glad to see a weekend in a very long time. Trying out … my new skincare routine. I finished up the old products last week and started Monday with all ten steps … well, except I still haven’t used the mask. That’ll be tomorrow. Two of my ten steps live in the shower – the exfoliant and the “water cleanser” – so I didn’t include them in the photo. I know it’s just five days in, but I haven’t really…

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    TGIF.

    Wow, y’all – thank you so much for your enthusiastic support about Sara’s upcoming move. This will be the fourth time I’ve had the privilege of helping one of my girls settle into a new home … and honestly, I’m still kind of in awe that this time I’ll get a stamp in my passport! …and now back to the reality of a Georgia July 😉 Thinking about … skipping church on Sunday (Wimbledon spoiler alert)! Grateful for … summer morning walks. I got the cast on my right foot a year ago this week. Last summer wasn’t a total loss by any stretch, but remembering where I was is…

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, friends! This week has left me feeling a bit like this field of daisies … a little tired of the heat, but still lifting my face to enjoy the sunshine. Thinking about … all the last minute details – including my opening remarks – for tomorrow morning’s Women’s Gathering at church. We have 51 confirmed attendees, which is a record! Grateful for … the return of Friday Night Snacks. Marc is prepping the platter as I type this. I’m not even going to have to add vegetables … he’s already steamed broccoli and sliced carrots, cucumber and pepper. We recorded the soccer match to watch while we eat.…