From the Front Porch
Happy Friday from the front porch, you guys. I hope your week has been a fun one!
Last weekend, we quietly slipped away to South Georgia to celebrate my cousin’s wedding at the prettiest lodge. I can literally count on one hand the events we’ve attended outside our immediate family pod this year, so it was definitely a special treat.
I didn’t take a lot of photos to honor their privacy, but my uncle did the outdoor ceremony and by the time he was finished my mask was soaked with the sweetest tears.
My Dad was in the military and would frequently move ahead of us so we didn’t have to switch schools in the middle of the year. All my uncles are amazing and pitched in to help when needed.
But this uncle, in particular, gave up nearly every Friday night to have a pizza and movie night with my sisters and me just to give my Mom a break each week.
He helped me pass countless math tests, carried us camping even though we were super prissy, moved us across the country from Florida to Texas, and is truthfully one of the most inspirational people I know.
I’ll freely admit when I found out he was going to perform the ceremony, I immediately felt nervous for him. My uncle has struggled with stuttering our entire lives, but he never let it hold him back.
It didn’t matter if he was offering the prayer at church or over our dinner table, teaching us the value of trees, making funny jokes, coaching us through the best way to catch a fish, or giving a campaign speech, he always gave his very best.
I wish you guys could have seen the ceremony because he nailed every word. It was a spectacular “Love Does” moment that’s carried our family through the week.
I grabbed this picture with my sisters just before we ate dinner but rest assured we stayed with our pod, wore masks, social distanced and took lots of precautions while we were at the outdoor event.
On a side note, how excited does my nephew look to be in the photo ?
A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…
Both of my sisters have a totally different style than I have and coincidentally they’ll both be moving into new homes soon. This home tour is definitely on the modern side but it also proves black and white are so chic.
Such a peaceful retreat space in Palm Springs.
A Warm Rural Swedish Home That Combines Old and New
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the 2020 Southern Living Idea House Tour.
There are so many beautiful details in this Going County Home Tour. (Just a heads up there are a few deer heads on the wall so skip this one if you find that kind of thing offensive)
This Friendsgiving Tablescape is positively magical!
9 Essential French Country Design and Décor Ideas
10 Ideas to Steal from English Cottage Gardens
This post, Afternoon Tea in London: Your Ultimate Guide was such a pretty read and there’s a quick video too!
15 Scenic Fall Hiking Destinations in the US
Lots of great outfit ideas for family photos in this post.
How to Thrive This Fall Based on Your Enneagram Type
How to Shop IKEA According To Your Zodiac Sign
Quote of the Week and Free Printable…
Self-Discovery Journey: Books We’re Reading…
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It’s been so much fun to read through our October book of the month, Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round but I’ll admit when I found myself standing in the aisles of the Dollar Tree picking up a few last-minute Halloween goodies, I felt like I had let her down ?
The littles are just too excited about Halloween and our annual family Halloween party, I just couldn’t resist. Hopefully, I’ll do better when our holiday decorating comes around.
Here’s a list of the books we’ll be reading for the rest of the year in case you want to go ahead and pick them up too…
- November – Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
- December – Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
- January – The Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything
If you’ve missed any of our other books this year, you can find them here…
- September – Eat That Frog: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
- August – Love Does
- July – The Art of Showing Up: How to be There for Yourself and Your People
- June – Get Out Of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts
- We also added, Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation
- May –The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming
- April – Rhythms of Renewal: Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose
- March – The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions
- February – The Compound Effect
- January – You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You
On the Menu this Week…
Week of October 17 – October 25
- 10/17 Saturday – One Skillet Chicken with Fiesta Cream Sauce and black beans
- 10/18 Sunday – Crescent Roll Lasagna
- 10/19 Monday – Zucchini Stir Fry
- 10/20 Tuesday – Hatch Chile Enchilada Bake
- 10/21 Wednesday – Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad
- 10/22 Thursday – Bacon Cheddar Corn Chowder
- 10/23 Friday – Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza Flatbread
- 10/24 Saturday – Sheet Pan Greek Shrimp Dinner
- 10/25 Sunday – Slow Cooker Red Wine Sunday Ragu Pasta
Sweet Treat to Try This Week…
Cozy Items We Spotted Online at Target This Week…
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Pajama Set * Chunky Knit Blanket * Mirror * Headboard
Woven Canister * Soap Dispenser * Floral Pillow * Chairs
Shower Curtain * Rug * Striped Duvet Set * Wedge Pumps
Bath Towel * Log Carrier * Glow Tonic * Bird Pillow
If You’ve Missed Anything from the Archives or the Blog, Here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To…
Vintage Monogrammed No Sew Pillows
Painted Table, Chairs and a Shed Update
52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge …
Here’s a look at what we’ll be working on in the month of July as part of the 52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge …
- 10/03 Pet Supplies
- 10/10 Garage, Attic, or Basement
- 10/17 Holiday Plans (including travel plans)
- 10/24 Seasonal Decorative Items-Christmas
- 10/31 Winter Bucket List
That’s all for now!
As always, we appreciate you so much and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
I’m so glad you were able to spend time with family! The wedding venue looked lovely! How wonderful your uncle officiated. He sounds like an amazing man! I hope you enjoy the soup! Now I’m off to enjoy some eye candy you’ve picked out! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Christine
I’ve only seen my immediate pod (parents, sisters, and their family) during pandemic so it was wild to finally be able to see my aunts, uncles, and cousins after all this time (7 months I think). I talk to them a lot on the phone but seeing them in person just made my entire Fall season. My uncle is such a great guy, we’re beyond blessed to have him in our lives and I’m excited everything went well for the wedding. Hope you enjoy all the links and thanks for giving us such great recipes each week. We’ve LOVED everything we’ve made so far! Hugs, CoCo
Always love these posts! Enjoyed it all and didn’t find the deer heads offensive. 😉
ha ha I’m waiting for my baby sister and a few of my vegetarian friends to get off from work and send me “what were you thinking notes” Cindy 🙂 If you ignore all the taxidermy though it’s a stunning space. Hope you’re having so much fun on the road, CoCo
Love the decor at the wedding venue!
Thanks so much, Josiah!
What a fabulous getaway… and that photo with your nephew is priceless! I loved hearing about your uncle, what an amazing man!
Thank you, Heidi! We’ve been super careful about getting out and about so it was fun to see everyone again and to be a part of their special day. I totally grieve the day my nephew says he’s too grown for a “sister sandwich” 🙂 Hope your week has been a happy one, CoCo