Monthly Archives: December 2013


My Great Christmas Exchange gift is in the mail! I can’t wait for it to get to its destination. Thanks again to the ladies at Oak + Oats and Elah Tree for dreaming up this fun idea!

Here are a few sneak peeks of my gift!

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If you’re participating in the Great Christmas Exchange, be sure to hashtag your photos with #greatchristmas2013 so everyone can see them!

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Can’t wait for this box to get to its destination!

The Great Christmas Exchange

Hello from an Arkansas winter wonderland!

I’m currently sitting on my couch, wrapped up in my favorite fuzzy green blanket looking at the fluffy white blanket of snow that fell outside last night and this morning. It looks like we got about eight inches. I haven’t gone outside yet to verify (it’s too stinkin’ cold!) but it looks beautiful.

Maybe when I go outside I’ll take some real pictures, too. I refuse to do the “here’s the snow through my window blinds” photo. Sorry ’bout ya.

Anyway, all this snow has finally got me in a Christmas mood. I’ve been listening to Christmas music since December 1st and have even done a little gift shopping, but for some reason, it just didn’t feel like Christmas yet. Maybe because it was 70 degrees here on Tuesday. No lie.

Now I’m all holly and jolly, and merry and bright, and ready to dance the jingle bell rock!

Who’s with me?

Another thing I’m excited about now that it feels like Christmas is The Great Christmas Exchange!

Elah Tree

The fun idea was baked up by my blogger friend, Elizabeth, at Oak + Oats and her blogger friend, Samantha, at Elah Tree. Anyone who wanted to could sign up and was emailed an partner a few weeks ago.

I was super excited to receive my partner email. I love meeting new people in real life and now that I’m trying to get back into the blogging world, I’m looking forward to meeting new people digitally. (What great things we can do with the Internet nowadays. 😉 ) New friends are fun.

I’ve enjoyed learning about my partner via his/her blog and social media channels, albeit it does make me feel a bit like a stalker. I can’t wait to send my gift and read about its recipient’s reaction!

Stay tuned for my gift post in a few weeks.

Have you ever participated in a secret gift exchange? What was your experience like?

A “life lately” list

I knew this was going to happen. I knew life would get crazy and I would be hard-pressed to find time to post. I had hoped to have a few “ready to go” posts in my back pocket for the crazy days, but obviously that was not the case.

All that goes to say, I’m sorry.

I should probably get some kind of “World’s Worst Blogger” award if there is such a thing. If not, they can invent one and name it after me. 😉

Let’s move on.

Here’s a little bit of life lately. In a list. Because I love lists. And alliteration. 🙂

1 – Work has been a whirlwind lately. And if I can be totally honest, a bit of a struggle. I’ve dealt with a wave of frustrations and discouragement, and I’ve let little things get me down– so not like me! Then I got frustrated with myself because I wasn’t acting like myself. Stinkin’ vicious cycles.
But I’ve also been reminded that I can’t do this on my own. I can try, but it will be bad news bears. There is only One who can help me and I need to rely on Him every day, not myself.

2 – Friendsgiving! Friendsgiving = we made the turkey, not grandma. The event was a first for my friend group and it was a huge success! There was great food and conversation (two of the best things in life, in my opinion) and football (ok, three things). We’re definitely making this an annual event.

friends Thanksgiving

The Friendsgiving gang!

3 – Family Thanksgiving. I went home to Kansas for a few days for family Thanksgiving. And let me tell y’all– this is no lie– my family Thanksgivings are the best. We have the best food, the best laughs, the best dinner table talk and most importantly, the best gravy. Just kidding about the gravy. Kind of. Or not really at all. Gravy is a big deal.
It was good times and good eats. And now I weigh 600 pounds.

3.5 – This is aptly numbered because it’s technically part of Thanksgiving, but significant enough to warrant its own number. I’m talking about the family tradition of Rook. This is absolutely my most favorite card game ever but I only get to play it when I go home because I’ve never found anyone outside my family who knows what this is. Seriously, World, you are missing out.

Rook card game

Rook. The best card game that apparently no one knows about.

That’s about all for now folks! I should (hopefully) be back to a normal blogging schedule now so I’ll see you again soon.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear about your Thanksgivings and lives lately!

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