Five on Friday

Happy Friday before Thanksgiving y'all! This week has been delightfully cold which means it feels exactly as it should this time of year. My thoughts have revolved around turkey, Christmas decorations and just the sweet joy this time of year brings with it. 

one. Taylor Swift tickets. Enough said.

two. I am not one that does the whole dress up the dogs thing, but I could not resist getting our pups these Christmas bow ties! Girls can wear bow ties, right?

three. I started volunteering in a pilot program for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and I got to meet my awesome mentee this week! We've been exchanging emails for a little over a month, and getting to meet her in person confirmed she is one smart little girl with big dreams...as in, she wants to go to Harvard. Now, since I myself never had such ambitions, I had to pull out my Gilmore Girls knowledge and offer some of the same advice Rory recieved about the ivy leagues. And they say television isn't educational...

four. As I mentioned here, the She Reads Truth Thanksgiving devotional is amazing. My mornings have been so peaceful and purposeful, which is maybe the best way ever to start the day. 

five. I know many may think I'm crazy, but this weather just makes me so happy. I think between now and December 31 needs to be cold and somewhat overcast so you are always thinking it could possibly snow. Also, I think winter accessories may be a love language for me.



A Coffee Date

Friends, I am a firm believer one of the best things people can do is sit, talk and just be with one another. Throw in a good cup of coffee (or tea!), and it's pretty close to Heaven on Earth for me. And as much as I would love to have a coffee date with you on this frigid Tuesday morning, this will have to do for now...

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you about the She Reads Truth study, In Everything, Give Thanks, that just started and how I've been looking forward to it since I heard about it.  This time of year can get away from me (and maybe you too) if I don't make it a priority. For the past few weeks, I've started each morning with coffee and these devotionals, and I cannot begin to express what a blessing it has been

I'd also mention, no less than 17 times, how I can't believe we're into the latter half of November. Thanksgiving is next week. This is just my favorite time of year, but I always hate the accelerated pace life seems to take on between now and December 31. I would ask you if you have a way to slow it down, and in return, buy you another cup of coffee.

If we were having coffee, I'd ask you how you were. Truly. Though the season for merry and bright is right around the corner, life still happens and sometimes, life is dull and hard. I'd ask if there was anything I could do to serve you and pray for you.

If we were having coffee, chances are, I'd bring up our nephews and dogs a lot. And proceed to show you pictures you didn't ask to see...

Inevitably, Taylor Swift would get brought up. I cannot promise this would happen only once, but I would try to keep myself in check. I would make you question my sanity by telling you how close I was to losing it a few weeks ago (at work no less) when Ticketmaster thought it would be a good idea to have all the cities presales at the. same. time. It was awesome.

When our coffee date would come to an end, I would give you a big squeeze and ask for us to do this again soon!

Love you friends and I hope you have a wonderful, WARM Tuesday!


Hello November

Hello to the month that...

...started 12 days ago and is rushing by as quickly as it arrived.

...brings shorter days and colder weather.

...makes it socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music and welcomes and encourages reflective moments of thankfulness.

...makes me giddy just thinking of all the goodness it brings. 

...has me over analyzing Christmas card designs and finalizing present ideas. 

...starts the wonderful overlap of football and basketball. 

...brings back the Starbucks Red Cup!

...reminds me to embrace everything this year has brought so far and to enjoy what is to come. 

Happy November...12 days in and all!



The One About Minnesota, Taylor Swift & Nashville

Just as I suspected, the wonderful month of October came and went in the blink of an eye. It's truly not October's fault this time around time, though. Nope, this time, I only have my somewhat oppressive schedule to blame. However, despite the aforementioned schedule, I loved every minute of the past month. Well, some minutes at work I could've done without it, but such is life.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you've already been given a pretty good snapshot of how October looked for the most part.  If you don't follow me, then you've missed an abundant amount of pumpkins and coffee and the knowledge that I survived a road trip to Minnesota.

That's right. We drove from Charlotte to Hutchinson, Minnesota...by choice. Now, I will be the first to admit, when it comes to car rides, I am that obnoxious child person that starts asking "are we there yet?" at about hour three. Well, we went through seven states to get there, so that should tell you, it was slightly more than three hours.

Despite the hours and miles to get there, it was a really fun trip to and from. I advised my sweet, patient husband, that should he not want to feel the urge to leave me in the middle of some fly over state, we would have to make driving worth it.  To me, "worth it" meant Churchill Downs.

Full disclosure: tears came to my eyes when I saw this. I have always dreamed of going to the Kentucky Derby, but unless we win the lottery, not sure when that will happen, so this was an excellent alternative. It was awesome to see in person and walk the grounds where so much history has taken place.

Fast forward a couple of days later, we're in Hutchinson! It was a whirlwind visit, but it was so wonderful. The catalyst for this whole trip was Andrew's grandparents 60th wedding anniversary and what a celebration it was! I refuse to inundate this post with pictures, so as a compromise, here is one I got right before we left...

My birthday was last Wednesday, and I knew the only place I wanted to spend it was Nashville. So, we headed out of Minnesota on Monday...but not before stopping for one important item.

I'm still trying to get used to "pop" Taylor, but my need to be best friends with her hasn't changed a bit, so, keep that in mind should you meet her.

Poor (lucky?) Andrew had to listen to this CD way too many times from Minnesota to Tennessee, and I don't think the fact he had fair warning it could happen helped at all. Nevertheless, we made it to Nashville and had an awesome time. The last time we were there, I discovered The Well and I talk about it every chance I get. Amazing place with an even more amazing purpose. Go.  My pre-birthday supper was spent at Puckett's, and again, go. Such good food and an awesome atmosphere.


I was so proud of myself the first few days of October and my blogging, but then work happened, and as the saying goes "that was all she wrote" (except, not literally in this case). While still being in shock we're in the first week of November, I am so excited for the last two months of this year.

If you made it this far, thank you for sticking with the rambling and I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

P.S. on really, really long road trips and your birthday, you can be who you want...

The one on the right says "Taylor," but I felt it was important to have my sheepish expression as a prominent aspect of this picture.



Not Sure This Counts...

Happy Tuesday, folks! Somehow, sadly, we're halfway through this wonderful month. Despite my best efforts to slow time down, it keeps going at warp speed.  Work has me crazed for next week and half, but I felt like I needed to share what my motivation was to open my eyes this morning.

Happy Swiftober (you have to admit it's somewhat catchy. Or so annoying it's funny.)!


October So Far {iPhone Version}

This past few days couldn't be described as exciting, but nevertheless, they have been highly enjoyable.  I've been trying to think of some witty words to go along with the pictures, but this post is truly "what you see is what you get."

//lunch with my mom on Saturday! Confession: I debated for far too long on whether or not to post this picture since it's not the best, but this blog is all about being real...

 //Fun fall polish and a cable knit sweater

//Sweet Sam and sweet Halloween pj pants

//Some seriously delicious coffee

//Coffee table is ready for fall!

//And so is the mantle!

//finding the perfect flannel shirt 



Welcome back, October!

One of the greatest quotes I've ever read comes from Anne of Green Gables: 

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

This is easily one of my most favorite months.  If asked, it would be impossible for me to give a quick list as to why.  Once I would start ticking of the reasons, I wouldn't be able to stop.  The clothes, the smells, the flavors, the weather (not including today...high of 84. I can't even...), and just all the awesomeness that is this month.

Also, today I was reminded that this is the month 1989 (Taylor Swift's new album for those not in the know) comes out! I love this month.


I'm not always the best as keeping the goals I set, but I believe in well placed tenacity, so may as well keep trying.

October Goals
+ I believe in the written word, handwritten notes, and the opportunity to brighten someone's day. I totally want to be the person to make someone smile when they find a "just because" card in their mailbox.

+ Sometime during July, I legitimately had the thought "time to start brainstorming what Christmas presents to get people!" Then I realized I may have a problem.  Sanity question marks aside, I am super hopeful about getting Christmas presents either bought, or know what everyone is getting by the end of this month.  

+ Baking.  I have no quantifiable measurement for this, because, seriously, can you bake too much?  And the aforementioned flavors fall offers beg you to get in the kitchen.  One thing I am going to attempt are Pumpkin Pots de Crème with Maple Bourbon Whipped Cream.

Pray for our kitchen.

+ Apple Picking! Three years makes a tradition, right? This is something I look forward to every year with these sweet friends. AND it totally goes hand in hand with the whole baking goal because no one can eat a bushel of apples without them being covered in caramel and cinnamon. Just me? Okay, good deal.

+ I planted some mums and pansies this past weekend, and I am really hoping to keep them alive. Try as I might, I do not have a green thumb, but again, well placed tenacity.

+ An exciting new addition in our lives is Andrew's new car! This has been a long time coming, and I am so thankful for it, but that means I really need to check myself on buying things unnecessarily. So, the most important goal for this month is to keep spending low!


I could keep going, but I'll stop here and just say, hello, October. I've missed you.