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A different response & undercurrents of joy

The last few days haven't exactly gone as planned. Somehow, I managed to rip the handle off our relatively new car door on our Subaru?! On my way to bring the car into a body shop to have a new door handle put on, I was driving down I-35 and a rock hit the windshield and chipped it. That same morning, I was trying to meet a friend for morning coffee, but Nicholas and I remembered at the last minute that he needed a gift for a work party, so a last minute shopping trip needed to be squeezed in. Morning coffee became midday coffee...

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Decembering

Since I wrote the previous post, I do feel a lot more at ease about the season. Turns out, when I pace myself and don't fill up my schedule, there's more room for joy! I haven't had any huge epiphanies or anything, but we're really enjoying this time of year, and I've felt so moved by Christmas story, in a way I haven't in years. Here's what I've been up to:Reading a daily advent study with Nicholas. We love it so far, and if you're curious, it's "Come Let Us Adore Him," by Paul David Tripp...

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Going slow, having grace, giving thanks

I've written a lot about how it's hard to be away from family—and it is especially hard this time of year. But we did have a wonderful, truly joyful Thanksgiving, as we celebrated with our friends, Fleet and Molly. We wanted to keep things simple this year, and rather than stress about the day, just enjoy ourselves. They hosted, Molly made the turkey and potatoes, and I made a really good gluten-free stuffing mix from Trader Joe's and brussels sprouts...

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Simple sausage & egg breakfast casserole (overnight optional)

As the temperatures cool and the holidays approach, I dream about having a simple, savory, throw-it-in-the-oven, baked breakfast casserole. I had some specific criteria in mind:fast prepdidn't have to make it the night before (but you could if you want to)short ingredient list, made up of mostly pantry staplessimply seasoned so everyone would enjoy and it could work with a variety of sides (it would be great with fresh fruit on the side)yielded enough for one meal for five to six people, or a few meals for fewer peopleThis casserole delivers that, and it reheats beautifully. If you like, you can prepare the entire filling the night before, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before baking, and bake per instructions...

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Preparing for a slower December

As we get nearer and nearer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I get so excited, but also, I experience that moment (or several moments) of overwhelm, closely followed by the thought life is moving way too fast and I just need a moment to be still before it's  over. At the end of every December, I look back and think, wait, it's over? Where did the Christmas season go? This past weekend, I attended a women's conference at my church. I'm still mulling over a lot of heart stuff that got stirred up, but for now, I'm so glad for a heart check in, now, before the craziness sets in. But here's the thing―do we have to partake in all the craziness? I don't think we do...

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