Wednesday, November 22, 2017

This week...THIS week! ...where we wrap up fall and have the best of times.


This week is one of my favorites!
This week holds so much excitement! So many traditions.
So many fun things we do together, the kids and I...and then Jeff starting on Wednesday night!
I know one day I am going to miss all of this...
...so I am trying to enjoy every second I have at this stage of life...
....even when my house feels so messy and stress levels are running high!


This afternoon we are cutting down our Christmas tree!!!{happy, happy, happy dance}

Tomorrow morning is cinnamon rolls and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

We host Thanksgiving diner at our house...this year I think we're up to 55 people.
Our menu has been the same for 14 years.
The only thing that changes is a dessert here or there.

We usually go shopping Friday and then decorate our tree on Saturday....
...this year however, we will be catering a wedding. a very big wedding.
I am excited to see all that the bride has planned for her day, it all sounds amazing...
and we get to be a part of it.

But! you can bet your bottom dollar, no matter how busy I am...or how much sleep I lose,
the tree will be in my living room, garland will be hanging in doorways and at least one
Christmas movie will have been watched before Monday morning!

Here are a few photos from our fall....





I will never, ever tire of watching the sunrise!



Meet Cyndie....Tyler's girlfriend. She is the absolute sweetest! and so beautiful.
They've been together for a few months now.
We had the pleasure of having her here for a week..she lives in Florida.
That's a million miles away for the two of them. Long distance love is tough.












We'll just be sitting right here...in front of the wood stove until May.
He's so big...but still little...but getting big...but still so little... I love toddlers.


Give thanks in all circumstances....
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for YOU!!! and me. all of us!
So much to be thankful for. So many things..both big and small,
good {and even what we think of as bad} to be thankful for.
God uses everything to draw us closer to Him.

Happy Day before Thanksgiving!!!
XxOo

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It was frosty and sparkly and moody and we took pictures of my pretty sister who is having a baby!


{chatting with his sister...<3}

From a distance... the foggy air, the frosty trees and the sparkling grass look so beautiful.
...but the closer and closer you get, the more and more detail there is to see.
God's creation is amazing.

Late fall in this part of the world can be stunning. I have a deep love for November.
The crisp air, the first hard frost, the coziness of a fire inside....
....this all makes my heart skip a beat.

The other morning my sister Stephanie and new sister Molly
went to my sister Dana's house and took pictures of her cute little tummy
at sunrise out on her property. {did I use the word sister enough?}
The air was brisk and chilly and perfect!

Dana is expecting a baby girl in just a couple of weeks...
...their first girl after five little boys!
To say we are all excited is an understatement. {wink}

Is she not the cutest pregnant person ever?













XxOo

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Star counts are falling...why on EARTH did I suggest sharing an app?



We were away for the weekend. Just the two of us.
I was getting ready for the day.
Jeff of course was dressed...he started and finished before my hair was even dry.
Men are so fast.

Since the hotel coffee was mehhh...he said he'd run for us.
To Starbucks.
My standard.
Where I am a gold member and have accumulated more stars than I would care to admit.

I made, what I thought at the time, was a brilliant suggestion...
"Why don't you log into my account on your phone...then we can both "earn" stars.

{For those of you who don't know, stars are points you get when
you make a purchase at Starbucks}

I downloaded the app onto my dearly beloved's phone and naively logged in.
He returned with our coffees...I finished my hair.

We spent the rest of the morning caffeinated and in love.

This happened on a beautiful, sunny, Sunday morn...
..now, let us fast forward to the following Thursday.

Liz is in the Starbucks drive-thru.
Liz orders a cup of coffee.
Liz pays with her Starbucks app.
Liz receives coffee from barista in window.
Liz begins to drive away.
Liz receives a text from husband.
"How's your coffee?"

I know he's amazing and smart...but also telepathic?
How does he know? ...I wondered in three seconds of awe.

Then suddenly, it all became clear.
Notifications folks!
Those little light up "dings" that take place on your screen when an app
wants to share information with you.

You know..a text message. a phone call. your wife purchasing coffee.
I have a new thing in my life...Coffee Accountability!
Whhhaaaaat?




Now, I never hide anything financial from Jeff.
I really hate when wives sneak around behind their husband's backs when it comes to finances.
The old..."What they don't know won't hurt them..."
It's rude and selfish in my opinion.
{Unless you are saving for a surprise or a gift...etc. ...well, then it's okay}

You should respect and be able to trust each other in the area of money.

We are very open with our spending...
...however, we do not discuss each purchase we make.
I don't tell him when I buy a bagel and he doesn't inform me when he stops for a bottle of water.

But now..thanks to notifications, he knows about Every.Single.Cup.Of.Coffee!!!
...and lately, I seem to be spending a whole lot less at my nearest Starbucks location.

Funny how accountability and awareness in an area of life changes things.
Especially when you get an "Enjoy your coffee" text each time you grab a mocha.

{Love you Jeff if you happen to read this...{wink}
XxOo

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wrapping up the week...with the most perfect of perfect songs and my love for November.

{my brother and sister in law's family room^^^..I would move into it if I could}

November is pretty much my favorite.
You can read about it HEREHEREHERE or HERE...as you can see, I like November. {wink}

For many, many reasons I love November.
Jeff's birthday. Thanksgiving. Fires begin almost daily in our wood stove.
Cinnamon Coffee. Pumpkins are still in full swing. All the baking. Homeschooling.
It's the eve of the Christmas season!!!...etc.








...and now I give you THE PERFECT NOVEMBER SONG!!!!!

My sister Caitlin shared it with us a couple of weeks ago...
...I loved it and couldn't agree more.

Happy November.
XxOo

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday and Applesauce by numbers.




Two bushels...or two laundry baskets chocked full of apples.

Four and a half people.
{not that Frankie isn't a whole person..but as an applesauce helper, we'll count him as half...-ish}

Two pears eaten while making applesauce. {wink}

Eight and a half hours.
{Why every October, do I underestimate the timing of this endeavor in my mind?}

Twenty one quarts sealed and cooling on the kitchen table.

One chicken roasted in the oven all afternoon with carrots and potatoes and onions and garlic.

Two cups of coffee.

Three round trips back and forth to the orchard to drop off and
pick up employees who happen to be my children.

Four loads of laundry washed.
Two loads put away.
Two will wait until tomorrow morning.









One mother happy with all that was accomplished.
The same mother happy to be getting ready for bed.
XxOo

Friday, October 27, 2017

Wrapping up the week.


It's gloomy and windy and thirty nine degrees on this last October Friday.
There is a fire in our wood stove with cinnamon and apple slices boiling in a copper pot.
Hello cozy days...welcome back! We love you.











This week all of the leaves on our Maple tree fell to the ground.
The garden ended for the year.
Hot chocolate happened one morning.
I still and will always love homeschooling my kids.

Happy Weekend.
XxOo