Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends. Thank you so much for being here and for making us a part of your day.
Last week, I found myself sitting in a room I never expected to be in – the waiting room of an oncologist’s office – with my bestie S.
Some of you may know S is actually the one that came up with the name, The Crowned Goat.
I’m the one that writes the content, takes and edits all the pictures, and comes up with the concepts. She’s the one that troubleshoots our technical issues, sends all the emails, and puts each post out into the world among many other things.
There is no doubt, this part-time blog that has blossomed into a full-time business would absolutely not be the same without her expertise.
So, while she was meeting with her doctor, I tried to busy myself in the waiting room.
A few minutes after sitting down, the automatic door gave way and I watched an elderly man wheel his wife’s wheelchair up to the front desk.
He was a giant of a man, maybe 6’5″ or 6’6″ dressed in lightly stained overalls and a flannel jacket. He had a sunny disposition and immediately reminded me of the beloved farmers in my hometown.
His wife on the other hand was tiny. In fact, she barely took up half the wheelchair seat.
She was incredibly frail and I smiled as soon as I saw her bundled up in an off-white crochet shawl with a plaid blanket draped over her legs because my Granny used to wear the same shawl to church on Sundays.
“Good morning, lovebirds, ” the nurse called out, “Good morning,” they said in unison as they took a seat near me.
The room was mostly quiet when the woman looked over at her husband and whispered, “I don’t want to be here.”
“I know. I know you don’t. I wish you didn’t have to be here either,” he said as he gently adjusted her shawl and blanket. “Thank you for being here though. We’ve spent most of our lives together and I want to keep you around for as long as I can. I appreciate you being here and giving this one last shot. I know it’s hard on you and I just want you to know I love you and I appreciate you,” he continued as he squeezed her hand before wiping the tears from his eyes.
A few moments later, they were called back to the treatment room and I was left in a near-empty waiting room with nothing but tears of my own.
The whole interaction made me realize just how easy it is to get caught up in serving the people in our extended families, our friends, our kid’s school, our church, and our communities before we love, serve and make time for the people under our own roofs and in our own pods.
Don’t get me wrong serving our extended families, friends, and communities are all vitally important.
While it may seem like the mission field is “out there,” the tender interaction between two people who had obviously been together for decades and loved each other dearly reminded me the true mission field is actually right in front of us, sharing space with us and interacting with us each and every day.
It’s the very people we take for granted at times.
As we head into a fresh month, I want to challenge you to make sure you are loving and serving the people who have been placed on your path well.
It doesn’t have to be anything big or extravagant.
It can be as simple as checking in, asking questions that show you’re not only fully present but also fully engaged, offering extra hugs, sharing a favorite meal, baking their favorite dessert, taking an extra task off their plate, cheering them on, offering copious amounts of grace when their tone is a little too curt, adding them to your prayer list, giving them a much-needed break, going for a walk, or picking up something special just because.
It might be as gentle as adjusting a blanket or a crochet shawl on a chilly day.
There are nearly 8 billion people in the world, but only one you.
So, love the people in your life in that extraordinary way that only you can.
And if ever you feel weary, like you’re pouring from an empty cup, walk outside and look up at the stars.
Every twinkle, both bright and dim, is a mere tiny representation of how much you are loved in return.
For His love is infinite.
A special shout out and thank you to Corrie who has been a long-time supporter of the blog for these additional resources which helped during her bestie’s fight against cancer…
- Meal Train: Organize Meal Support in Minutes
- Caring Bridge: Stay Connected to Friends and Family Through Any Health Journey
A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web…
The amazing portfolio of designer Lauren DeLoach
The view from Prattling Pond is stunning.
This estate in New South Wales is so pretty!
This Rockingham Tudor is filled with beautiful layers of texture.
Have you seen this modern French home in Utah yet? It’s gorgeous!
A big shout out and thank you to Rachel of The Antiqued Journey for including us in her Fall in Review post this week.
I love everything about the Supper Club series Rachel puts together with so many of my favorite creatives. This month is devoted to hosting Friendsgiving Brunch and it’s fabulous!
Michele’s pumpkin cupcakes are almost too pretty to eat.
It would not surprise me if Julie’s amazing project went viral.
Words to Live By…
Fourth Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…
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- October: Celebrating Home by James T Farmer, III (This book is currently sitting on our coffee table and I reference it all the time – those monogrammed napkins – the foxgloves – the antique silver!)
- November: How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K White OR How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis
- December: The Power of One More by Ed Mylett
- Devotion: Courageous Kindness by (in)courage
On the Menu this Week…
November 6th – November 13th
- 11/06 Sunday: Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad
- 11/07 Monday: The Best Vegetarian Ramen
- 11/08 Tuesday: 19 All-American Recipes for Election Night
- 11/09 Wednesday: Greek Quinoa Salad with Avocado
- 11/10 Thursday: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
- 11/11 Friday: Everything Cheddar Tomato Bacon Grilled Cheese
- 11/12 Saturday: 30 Minute Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs with Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
- 11/13 Sunday: WW Pepperoni Pizza Casserole with an Italian side salad
Sweet Treat to Try This Week…
Pink and Brown Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon and Target This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
Christmas Mood Boards and Holiday Decor Ideas (78 pieces to explore!)
Ultimate Christmas Shopping Guide (160 goodies to explore!)
November Bucket List…
*You can find the rest of our Fall Monthly Bucket List Ideas here
- Support Indigenous People and Organizations
- Commemorate the National Day of Mourning
- Host Family at The Cabin for a Thanks and Giving Holidays
- Celebrate November Birthdays and Friendsgiving Dinner at Bliss Barracks
- Fly the Flag and Take Dad to Lunch for Veteran’s Day
- Shop Outdoor Antique Events in the Mountains
- Hike a New Leaf Peeping Trail
- Decorate the House for the Holidays
- Craft Christmas Ornaments
- Bake a Pecan Pie with Pecans from the Pecan Grove
- Sip on Hot Apple Cider
- Try a New Seasonal Inspired Side Dish
- Finalize Christmas Plans
- Read the Book of the Month
- Keep Sundays Sacred
November Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month:
- 11/05 Christmas Card Contact List
- 11/12 Thanksgiving Menu/Grocery Shopping
- 11/29 Buy Christmas Paper & Gift Wrap Supplies
- 11/26 Finish Christmas Shopping/Naughty or Nice List
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 11/06 Daylight Savings Time Ends
- 11/08 Election Day (US)
- 11/11 Veterans Day
- 11/14 International Girls Day
- 11/17 National Homemade Bread Day
- 11/19 Equal Opportunity Day
- 11/21 National Gingerbread Cookie Day
- 11/24 National Day of Mourning
- 11/24 Thanksgiving Day (US)
- 11/25 Black Friday
- 11/26 Shop Small Saturday
- 11/27 First Day of Advent
- 11/28 Cyber Monday
- 11/29 Giving Tuesday
As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!