Zippered flannel pillow covers & little happenings
Snacking on boom chicka pop in Holidrizzle (white chocolate and peppermint kettle corn)
Sewing/installing zippers for the first time! I'm a bit timid with sewing, but this tutorial for zippered pillow covers was really helpful. I got to practice matching plaids! By the third pillow, I had the process streamlined. I'm excited that the flannel fabrics are "cozy looking" without being especially season-specific, so they'll carry nicely into post-Christmas decorating.
Attending a women's retreat at our church talking about God's faithfulness and His grace regardless of what season we're in
Smiling at fresh flowers in the kitchen
Smelling and admiring the cold process soaps I made at Springdale Farm. We have to wait for chemistry to happen and for the pH to further drop before using them (the lye is continuing to interact with the oil for 6 weeks until it's at a neutral pH), but in the meanwhile, I'm going to admire them. They are scented with herbs/essential oils and they smell so good.
Babysitting our friends' sweet little girl and seeing how much she's grown
Thinking about taking a break from social media
(frequently) choosing tea over coffee in the afternoons at home
Browsing winter catalogs (purely window shopping, mind you, since my focus is on contentment this month)
Going downtown together to visit his barbershop on a drizzly day
(cautiously) wearing sweaters on cooler mornings
Testing out my favorite pumpkin pie recipe (in anticipation of Thanksgiving in a few weeks! And it's not fair to only eat it once a year when it's just that good)
Starting sometime in the fall, I made a point to be a bit more creative and find new to us trails to hike on and explore. Since then, we have found several new favorites for when we are in the mood for a hike, regardless of the season.
2022: A year in review
Welcome to my annual post of our life in the last year – a review of all the big and little events, travels, habits, heartbreaks, and joys. These posts require a lot of time and energy, in part due to sifting through all the posts I wrote in the last year, but also because these posts spur me to reflect and sit with the previous year for a moment, before stepping into the next one.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.