Wednesday, November 24, 2021

what's up Wednesday


Happy Wednesday friends, and happy (almost) Thanksgiving! I am linking up with Shay and Sheaffer today for this monthly blog post.

I'm jumping right in!

What we're eating this week:

Monday night we had a snacking type dinner. I made some smoked sausage in the oven to go with potato soup. Noah ate his sausage with cheese cubes and Todd and I shared shrimp cocktail that Noah opted to skip out on. Graham and Jonah were out, so it was just the three of us. Last night we had taco soup and biscuits that taste like sausage balls. I have no idea what we're eating tonight and the rest of the week.

What I'm reminiscing about:

A few Thanksgivings ago.

My sister Lisa, her son Jaret, daughter Erika and Erika's husband and twin girls were all here that year. This was Jonah (twin A) and Noah (twin B) holding Kinsley (twin A) and Kylie (twin B). So left to right in this picture are Jonah with Kinsley and Noah with Kylie. And then the next picture is me with little Kinsley. It's hard to believe these babies above are turning five in January! Time FLIES.

Also, check out the cuties in the pictures above! I was having all the feelings on Veteran's day a few weeks ago. I miss the days of all of us going downtown with Dad for the annual Veteran's day parade.

What I'm loving:

Oh, just this...

...our home all decorated for Christmas. 

What we've been up to:

We've all been up to the same old things— everyone is working, then coming home and going out. I rarely see Jonah and Noah on weekends, because I leave to go out before they wake up and go to bed before they come home. Graham and Drew are the same, but Graham hangs around downstairs sometimes, like last weekend when he watched part of a football game with my husband. I stay home during the week and like to go out with my mom and sister on the weekend, except for one day last week when I went out with my mom in love on a Tuesday.

What I'm dreading:

When the holidays are over. I love this time of year!

What I'm working on:

Writing! I have a deadline looming over me and my portion of our next Bible study needs to be completed by the end of January. I got a good start a few nights ago, because I've been so inspired lately, thanks to a productive meeting last week and a great sermon my pastor preached on Sunday. If you want to pray for me, that's one way you can pray. I am also working on two other writing projects—one for an online magazine and one for a new website that launches on December 1! I'll share more about that second one soon. I have one more exciting thing that starts at the first of the year, Lord willing, for another website launch. This third one is for my church family's website.

What I'm excited about:

All the days between today and Christmas! It's not the actual day of Christmas that I love, it's the entire season. People are more kind, more friendly, everyone seems more generous and giving, people are more patient—I love every second of every day. 

What I'm watching and reading:

I'm watching all the Hallmark Christmas movies. There have been some really great ones lately and I've watched several of my old favorites as well. I really enjoy having three Hallmark channels! I don't take them for granted, because for a few years, I didn't have any of them.

I'm reading all the Christmas books! When I finish this one, I have several lined up next. This one is Christmas at the Restaurant, by Pamela Kelley, a.k.a. my newest favorite author. I'll share about the books I read this month one day next week, so stay tuned and plan on coming back!

What I'm listening to:

If you guessed Christmas music, you'd be right! Not just any Christmas music, though. I love Christmas worship music and have a great playlist on Spotify called Christmas 2020. You can click here to have access.

What I'm wearing:

Bright colors, bright nail polish, bright lipstick. It's the one time of year I go bright and sparkly with everything from clothes to my nails. The bright colors make me so happy! I've gotten some cute things from Old Navy recently—two new graphic tees (one pictured that says 'coffee weather' and one not pictured that says 'holly jolly'), leggings (burgundy and dark green), the rainbow colored fleece pullover you see and on Saturday I treated myself to some new clogs that are Dansko. They were not cheap, but with all the issues I have with my feet, they feel like I'm walking on a cloud and they're supportive AND cute. 

What I'm doing this weekend:

I'm sure I'll see Mom and Trish! Other than that, I don't know. I'm going to Dad's Friday night.

What I'm looking forward to next month:

Duh. I plan on sharing some of my favorite Christmas worship music with you starting next week, so again—stay tuned and check in often. 

Thanks for reading my blog, friends! Love to all. ❤


  1. I am a fan of Francesa Battistelli! Her Christmas song "You're Here" is so good. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I love all of her music! I love her Christmas albums, though. She is one of my favorite female artists ever. Thanks, friend! I hope the same for you and all of yours!

  3. I will check out your Spotify playlist. I am having a hard time finding great Christmas music. I downloaded a bunch of my favorite Christmas CD's to my PC, got rid of the CD's, got a new PC and sadly ALL of my Christmas songs were gone- they never made the transfer to the new PC. Anyway, I am excited for you about your writing projects. I will pray for you. And look forward to hearing more about them :).

  4. I'm reading Christmas at the Restaurant right now! I read the first book earlier this year and saved book #2 for this season on purpose.

  5. Cathy- Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, friend!

  6. Maria- that's so sad about all of your music! Hopefully you'll find some more good songs that you like on my playlist. Thank you for your prayers! I so appreciate them. I hope you have a wonderfully happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Joanne- it's so GOOD! Have you read her other books? I love every book I've read by her so far!

  8. I love your striped fleece. It's so cheerful! And I will check out that author for sure.

  9. Thank you, Natasha! I hope you enjoy her books as much as I have. I started with the Beach Plum Cove series and just went from there. There are so many! I love books that are in series form and with continuing stories, or when characters are mentioned from one book in a series to another. Some other favorite authors who do that are Robin Jones Gunn, Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber and now Pamela Kelley. Happy reading and happy Thanksgiving!


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