From the Front Porch

Happy Friday from the front porch, sweet friends. It’s a pleasure to share the last post of 2022 with you today. I’m so grateful to have you here!

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is always my favorite week of the entire year.

It doesn’t matter if we’re at the cabin, at Bliss Barracks, Loblolly, or at Journey’s End, it’s the one week of the year we have the freedom to slow down after a delightful and somewhat demanding holiday season.

It gives us a chance to curl up with good books, linger over brunch, write fresh goals in our calendars, take in the wonders of some of our favorite places, and to be with some of our favorite people.

On Christmas morning, I stood in the pass between the kitchen and the living room at Bliss Barracks.

We were all dressed in our red plaid pajamas. My Dad was in the kitchen baking cinnamon rolls while the littles were picking up the brightly colored wrapping paper that littered the floor.

My Mom and sisters were snuggled up together on the couch under the same blanket with generous mugs of coffee, their faces softly lit as the fireplace roared and the lights twinkled on the tree.

It was such a simple moment.

But the magic of that moment surprisingly caught me off guard and I found myself struggling to fight back tears.

I thought about how we had battled a broken water and sewer pipe less than 24 hours before, how I had been up since 4 am cooking bacon, breakfast casseroles, and biscuits, and how sore throats, stuffy noses, aches, and chills seemed to have finally made their way downstairs.

Yet despite the ups and downs, it had all worked out ok.  

“What do you think of this?” my Dad said as he handed me a spoon full of frosting surveying the Christmas chaos.  

“I think it’s perfect,” I said, “I wouldn’t change a thing.”

He grinned back at me and said, “Me either,” and for just a moment we stood there soaking up the lively scene.

As we march into the New Year, I hope you’re able to still feel the magic of the season all around you.

I know that might be easier said than done if you’ve survived the bomb cyclone or dealt with travel delays.

When you look back on everything you’ve been through this Christmas and this year though, I hope you’re able to revel in the small moments that made it all worthwhile.

Those perfectly imperfect tender moments when love showed up at exactly the time you needed it most and quietly whispered, “I got you.”

Thank you for being part of this community and for showing up with your love, kind words, and generous support.

You mean the world to me!

May your year be richly blessed with good health and all your favorite things.

A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web…

Proof That Black and White Will Never Go Out of Style

This former bank turned stately home is amazing!

This modern equestrian bedroom is so cozy.

Speaking of cozy, have you seen this lake house tour yet?

What about this Montana guest house?

Bookmarking this idea for next year.

Floral Ideas for Winter Weddings and Special Occasions

Losing it in the best possible way over these notecards!

This was a great post on how to style leggings

Where to go for a beginner-friendly ski experience

5 Financial Habits Women Who Always Have Extra Money Practice

10 Best Places to Live in the World

30 Ways to Romanticize Your Life

99 Personal Growth Self-Reflection Questions

Words to Live By…

On the Menu this Week…

*You can see our entire January Menu below.

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Luscious Lemon Cream Tart (Low Carb, Keto)

Healthy Start Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…

(Amazon affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. As an Amazon and Impact Media Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Any sales made through such links will support us with a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Cookbook * Golden Super Latte * Bangles * Eye Massager

Dog Wipes * Toothbrush * Manifest * Yoga Mat

Neck and Shoulder Relaxer * Ginger Juice * Liquid IV * Duster Kit

Portable Sound Machine * Weighted Blanket * Collagen Powder * Window Cleaning Kit

If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2022

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17 Ways to Ease Into the New Year

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Rustic New Year’s Tablescape & Virtual Cocktail Party Blog Hop

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Cozy Winter Nesting Ideas & Winter Home Tour Blog Hop

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13 Ways to Feel More Organized Everyday

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January Menu Ideas

January Menu Ideas-The Crowned Goat

January Bucket List…

  • Do All Our Favorite Things on New Year’s Day
  • Celebrate Birthday Week with Mom
  • Continue 6-Minute Journal
  • Continue Skincare Routine
  • Eat Greens with Every Meal
  • Drink Water Before Coffee
  • Create a Cozy Winter Home
  • Continue Morning Devotional
  • Reestablish Morning & Nightly Routines
  • Transition to Afternoon Workout Routine
  • Plan Valentine’s Day Activities
  • Read the Book of the Month
  • Keep Sundays Sacred

January Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…

Focus of the Month: Your Health-Wellness Routines & Home-Keeping Systems

  • 01/01 Morning Routine & Workout Routine
  • 01/08 Nightly Routine with 15 Minute Clutter Catcher
  • 01/15 Cleaning Schedule
  • 01/22 Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping
  • 01/29 Organize Pantry & Spices

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…

  • 01/01 New Year’s Day
  • 01/01 Buy January Birthday & Special Occasion Cards and Gifts
  • 01/02 World Introvert Day
  • 01/08 National Bubble Bath Day
  • 01/14 Buy Valentines Cards, Gifts & Countdown Calendar Supplies
  • 01/16 National Use Your Gift Card Day
  • 01/17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 01/23 National Pie Day
  • 01/24 National Compliment Day
  • 01/25 National Plan for Vacation Day
  • 01/26 National Green Juice Day
  • 01/27 National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 01/31 National Hot Chocolate Day

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!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. This is another great post- I love all of your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I Love this!!! Happy New Year to you!! I’m so excited for what is ahead in 2023!

  3. My favorite thing to do on Fridays is to read your From the Front Porch CoCo. You have inspired me once again. I’m sorry to hear that you had some broken pipe issues. I love that you were all grateful for just being together during the holidays. Would have loved to have had one of your dad’s cinnamon rolls. Happy New Year my friend!

  4. Happy almost New Year from Oregon!

    And thank you, as always, for a beautiful post. I saved a bunch of recipes and day themes to use.

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