Happy Friday from the front porch, sweet friends, it’s so good to be with you today!
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?
How are you holding up?
I’ve spent most of the week trying to catch up on work and prep for the holiday while simultaneously trying to get ahead so things aren’t super chaotic when we get home.
List-making has made our lives infinitely easier this season, so I thought I would share a few things that have been on my mind lately…
- Every day I wake up and think you guys are THE BEST. It’s truly an honor to be a part of your lives. I deeply appreciate you and I write about you in my gratitude journal all the time!
- We listened to *this book (*Amazon Affiliate Link) on the way up and it’s so good.
- If you’re hosting Thanksgiving or related activity and your guests offer to bring something, LET THEM! We know you’re a superhero. You’re a total lady boss that can handle anything, but you don’t have to. Let your people bring a dish or two and even help with the clean-up if they want. Teaming up will give you a lot more time to visit and eat pie 😊
- In that same vein, if you’ve taken on the lion’s share of the responsibility give yourself something to look forward to once the holiday weekend is over. Hosting is so much fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Now that my sisters, cousins, and I have taken over the hosting duties we’re realizing the women in our family have made it look WAY easier than it actually is 😏
- If you’re navigating the holidays as an introvert or with an anxiety disorder I see you, I’m with you, I’m cheering you on! Now is a great time to start thinking about how you can carve out downtime or quiet time for yourself if you haven’t started thinking about it already. Before each event, I ask myself, “What do I really need?” Sometimes, it’s as simple as bringing a friend to family activities, making time for a nap, a hike, curling up by the fire with a good book, or having a few go-to questions ready when small talk gets a little taxing. It’s also really helpful to wear something you feel confident in that is comfortable.
- In addition, it helps to have little mantras during the holidays. A few of my favorites are… “Hold on to what is true”… “Today I choose grace”… “This too will pass”… “Remain in My love” (from John 15: 9-12) … and “You are enough.” One of my best friends reminds herself, “It’s not a competition” #siblings 😆
- Always remember, it’s ok to say no. In fact, sometimes it’s the most loving gift you can give yourself and your loved ones during busy seasons.
- Set a gifting budget as early as possible and stick to it. My sisters and I select a theme and set a budget for family gifts every year and it really helps to take the pressure off! In addition, our extended families draw names. The budget is a lot smaller but drawing names early allows us to take advantage of sales throughout the year. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones if they want anything special. All the littles asked for money this year which really surprised me. They’re all saving for big things like a horse, a pig, and a special gaming system though and we couldn’t be happier to give them what they want.
- I know for some of you the holidays are not easy. Dealing with grief and loss of any kind can be so, so, so, tough. There is no time limit for dealing with grief or loss nor is there a “right or wrong” way to navigate it either. We all work through things in our own time and at our own pace. If you’re going through grief or loss this season, please know, I’ll be lifting you up.
- Keep in mind, it’s never too late to write a new story, embrace a perfectly imperfect holiday or create your own kind of magic. So, embrace the mess, expect the unexpected, and look for the silver lining – I promise it’s there.
A Few of Our Favorite Things Around the Web This Week…
There are so many cozy things to love in this Swedish Villa
A before and after Victorian home tour you have to see to believe!
Speaking of which, this modern European kitchen makeover is pretty drastic too.
How pretty is this rustic meets elegant barn?
Congratulations to Rachel on her recent magazine features, both of which are totally fabulous!
Loved these tips from Shannon on how to set a Thanksgiving buffet!
Loved this post for Dayspring from Holley, 7 Days of Preparing Our Hearts for Thanksgiving.
If you’re using ribbon on your tree this year Kim shared a totally genius trick you don’t want to miss!
How cute is this charcuterie wreath?
And if you haven’t seen it yet, Marks & Spencer came to Target this week!
Words to Live By…
Fourth Quarter Books of the Month and Devotional…
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- October: Celebrating Home by James T Farmer, III
- 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 20th – November 27th
- 11/20 Sunday: Spicy Baked Pasta with Cheddar and Broccoli Rabe
- 11/21 Monday: Fall Panzanella Salad
- 11/22 Tuesday: Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken Chile
- 11/23 Wednesday: Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board (these are so creative)
- 11/24 Thursday: Thanksgiving Day (US) A Gluten and Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Menu * 34 Thanksgiving Appetizers Your Guests Will Devour * 60 Thanksgiving Recipes That Are As Easy As Pie
- 11/25 Friday: The Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
- 11/26 Saturday – Shrimp Farro and Red Pepper Soup
- 11/27 Sunday: Parmesan Baked Chicken with steamed roasted veggies
Sweet Treat to Enjoy This Week…
Last Minute Thanksgiving Inspired 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…
Our Best Holiday Gift Guides (160 Ideas to Enjoy)
Traditional Holiday Home Tour at Bliss Barracks (one of your favorite home tours from last year)
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…
- 11/19 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!