From the Front Porch

Late last week, my Mom and I were on our way to Renningers when my sweet aunt called with some heartbreaking news.

The whole situation has been so unexpected and so tender we’ve had a hard time processing it all because it caught us totally and completely off guard.

If you’ve followed along for any length of time you know we have an extraordinarily close family.

My parents and my grandparents all came from big farm families and their legacy of fostering tight-knit bonds continues to live on in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations.

As I’ve been fielding calls and text messages from concerned loved ones, I’ve honestly struggled to find the right thing to say.

And as someone who has always relied on her gift of words, it’s been difficult to know how to offer comfort and support during this time.

But that’s the thing about large families, you know?

There are plenty of opportunities to climb beautiful mountains together.

Yet equally as many opportunities to sustain each other through valleys of despair.

They bond us too.

When I don’t know what to say or do, or even what to pray for, I know what I can be.

I can be a source of hope on a dark day… a torch bearer to light the way… someone who offers grace instead of judgment…a person who prays for strength, wisdom, and mercy…someone who is gracious after an “I’m sorry”…someone that spreads kindness instead of gossip…the one who shows up when asked yet offers space when needed…someone with an understanding heart…and someone who offers love in the face of unimaginable fear and uncertainty.

So as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I encourage you to think about the gifts you can bring to your family and friends this holiday season.

You don’t have to have a loved one in ICU to bring them.

Gifts of hope, love, strength, kindness, light, and prayer can be offered at any time.

You simply have to be bold enough to bring them.

A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web This Week…

Beautiful Home and Garden Tours:

  • Everything about this mountain home from Rhea Crenshaw Interiors is perfectly cozy.
  • Speaking of cozy, have you seen this holiday hunting lodge via Veranda yet? It’s gorgeous.  
  • I revisit this post, Deck the Stalls, from MidwestLiving Magazine every year because my Mom loves it so much. It’s such a classic!
  • Copper and burgundy are not colors I would have thought to put together but this gorgeous home tour from Sanctuary Home Décor makes a stunning case for both!

Seasonal Inspiration:

Health and Wellness Inspiration:

Style Inspiration:

Simple Pleasures and Little Luxuries:

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

25 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

25 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas-The Crowned Goat

Easy Marshmallow Bar

Easy Marshamallow Bar-The Crowned Goat

Sweet Shop Holiday Home Tour

Sweet Shop and Candy Themed Holiday Home Tour-The Crowned Goat

Sweet Shop Themed Christmas Tree

Sweet Shop and Candy Themed Christmas Tree-The Crowned Goat

DIY Cake Pop Christmas Ornaments

DIY Cake Pop Inspired Christmas Ornaments-The Crowned Goat

2023 Holiday Gift Guides

2023 Holiday Gift Guides-The Crowned Goat

Organizing the Week Ahead…

Words to Live By:

Morgan Harper Nichols Quote on Gratitude-The Crowned Goat

Dates to Celebrate and Commemorate:

  • 11/23 National Day of Mourning
  • 11/23 Thanksgiving Day (US)
  • 11/24 Black Friday
  • 11/25 Shop Small Saturday
  • 11/27 Cyber Monday
  • 11/28 Giving Tuesday

Weekly Simplified and Organized Home Challenge Task:

  • Finish Christmas Shopping/Naughty or Nice List

3 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Season:

  • Give Loved Ones or Trusted Neighbors the Gift of Time by Babysitting the Littles So Their Parents Can Christmas Shop
  • Host a Cookie Swap, Favorite Things, or Gift Wrapping Party
  • Spray Lavender or Deep Sleep Mist on Your Pillow at Night

Foodie and Hostess Gift Ideas 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)

Cheeseboard Deck * Cheese Marker Set * Handwash * Scalloped Board

Pickle Stuffed Olives * Bartender Kit * Charcuterie Board * Truffle Oil

Ice Bucket Mold * Cheese * Platters and Boards * Coaster Set  

Cheese Knife Set * Electric Wine Bottle Opener * Mustard * Pastry Board

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. Coco,
    I’m so sorry and pray that all will be good in your family by Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing my ornaments and always being so supportive. You are a blessing.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your family member! Prayers for them, you, and all of your family during this difficult time! Hugs, Donna

  3. Morning Coco,
    So sorry to hear about your heartbreaking news, whatever it is……….but know I will be praying for you and your family hon. These unexpected situations can knock the wind out of us at first, as they are just that…. so unexpected. Praying things will turn out well in the end…..
    Hope you and yours have as good a Thanksgiving as you can in the circumstances.
    Blessings Sweetie,

  4. Hi CoCo – I hope all is well with your family – or as well as can be expected. You are fortunate to have such a large closely knit family. It does help when you collectively walk through the tougher times together. Please know, I am wishing the best for you and your family especially during this holiday season.

    There were so many great links in this post. I love the burgundy and copper Christmas tree. Agreed, Emily’s DIY vintage ornaments is impressive and super budget friendly. Thank you for taking the time to put these posts together. I appreciate all that you share – both in terms of your personal life and in terms of things you like.

  5. I love how you so eloquently encouraged us to bring our families hope, love, strength, kindness through prayer and encouragement. Hang in there and I hope you still had a beautiful Thanksgiving!

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