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Coffee and Quiche

Coffee and Quiche
On Friday, I met up with a sister-in-Christ for lunch, fellowship, and to discuss the writing process. This all took place at a coffee shop near my house.

Holiday Celebration

Holiday Celebration
I had the pleasure of celebrating Christmas early with my mother and my niece.  For our dinner menu, I decided to make a vegan and non-vegan lasagna, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and Lemon Ginger Honey Iced Tea.  One of the best things that was treasured during this time was dancing with them.  It reminded me of dancing with my cousin as a kid.  

Precious Time

Precious Time

As our kids are getting older, it becomes more difficult to squeeze in precious time with them.  Yesterday, I was blessed with the opportunity to have breakfast with my son at Panera Bread.  The double blessing was that our breakfast was free because of my Panera Rewards.

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations
I finally have all of my Christmas decorations up and ready.  This year, I decided on a few decorations with a focus on natural colors.  I decorated the railing during Thanksgiving weekend, and the tree got put up a few days ago.

Christmas is Coming

Christmas is Coming
The closer we are to approaching Christmas, the more activities are being scheduled with family and friends. This past weekend was filled with evening activities. On Sunday, the first event that I attended was a dear friend's birthday party celebration. I ended the evening with a social that included the ladies from my...

Holiday Family Fun

Holiday Family Fun
The older I get, the more that I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  My mother and niece came over on Friday evening to spend Thanksgiving weekend with the kids and I.  On Friday, we had Thanksgiving dinner and watched Hallmark Holiday movies.  I felt blessed that all of the food turned out good.

Preparations

Preparations
Homes are starting to be prepared for Thanksgiving.  Tables are being set early.Some of us will be cooking today or tomorrow.  Others of us will be cooking early Thursday morning. 

Simple Times

Simple Times
This weekend was a weekend of catching up with friends and getting small projects done. There was more friend than work time, which is a good thing.  On Sunday, I had a good four hours of fellowship with one particular friend. 

Thanksgiving Fun

Thanksgiving Fun
There is something about this time of the year that makes us stop and think.  If you scroll through social media, people have already started their grateful challenges by typing out what it is they are thankful for each day.

Fun with Authors & The Burning Bush

Fun with Authors & The Burning Bush
Happy Monday everyone! Talk about a busy weekend! It was a good, fun busy. I attended a yearly conference for women entitled, "Swordgirl Conference", at my church. There were a total of four speakers giving their message around the topic "All Things New". Between the high drama week that I had last week,

Weekend Fun

Weekend Fun
I had a full weekend. I was busy the whole day on Friday getting work done, and then it was off to my friend's house for a good time. When I thinking of getting together with my friends, there are always three things involved: food, fun, and fellowship.

Clearing the Clutter, and Clarity for the Mind

Clearing the Clutter, and Clarity for the Mind
Decluttering and organizing our homes leads to decluttering and organizing our minds. It gives us mental space to think. One thing that I noticed at my own house is that if I am looking at too many things in different spaces, then I am unable to focus on what the task is at hand. All of a sudden, I am thinking, "Why is...