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Friday Favorites: Christmas Traditions

December 2, 2016

Happy Friday!! Today I’m talking about some of my favorite traditions, specifically Christmas traditions. While I have quite a few, today I’m sharing my top five… ORNAMENTS Isn’t it funny how a tiny little piece of glass or metal on a piece of string can mean so much? Christian and I have collected unique ornaments since we started dating – gifting each other with a new one each year – and dedicating one whole night to putting them on the…

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It’s time.

November 28, 2016

Did today sneak up really fast for anyone else? Whoa! And um, anyone else going through dessert and carb and wine withdrawal? Like, can we just take some naps for a few days or something? Post-thanksgiving is rough! ha! Guys, I’ll tell ya right now – IT’S TIME. Like, bring on all things Christmas over here, let’s do it. I’m talking full ON, let’s get obnoxious. We got our tree yesterday and I’ll start the decorating this week, along with…

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Grateful: Traditions

September 27, 2016

Hey everybody! I spent a long weekend in Indiana and spent all day yesterday driving back to Nashville (by myself with a 1 month old who still eats every 2 1/2 hours, and a dog – gah! They were both so good but my gosh was that a long trip!) so the Grateful Heart linkup was postponed a day but I’m here! So sorry for anyone who was planning on linking up your post – feel free to link up…

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This Summer’s Bucketlist

May 17, 2016

My cousin Lauren (who I called ‘Yaw Yaw’ – because obviously it sounds just like Lauren) & me, circa mid-1980s. If there’s one thing (of many) I’ve learned about the south, it’s that summer arrives much earlier here than it ever did in Chicago. And I’m pretty A-okay with that. I love the heat and the sun and all the time spent outdoors; summertime is my absolute favorite time of year. Now when fall rolls around, I will be reeeeally…

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January 1, 2016

Christian and I have a NYE/New Year tradition where we both choose a word for ourselves – the word we choose is a word that we pray over, journal about, and really embrace in the new year. We write our word on a rock and keep it on our desks and then at the end of the year we put the rock in a big glass bowl that sits in our home – full of all the rocks from past years.…

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Light of the World. (Our Greatest Gift)

December 21, 2015
the gift of HIS light

Happy week of Christmas! Did the festivities begin this past weekend for any of you? Christian and I fulfilled another one of our traditional Christmas dates yesterday by going to our annual Christmas movie… we saw Star Wars! For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry- nothing I’m about to say isn’t anything we didn’t already know so consider this spoiler-free. While I LOVED it (and I’m not even a Star Wars fanatic), there was one part in…

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My Favorite Christmas Tradition

December 14, 2015
us at AMMCC 2015

I have always loved traditions. Growing up, my parents passed down and started new traditions with my brother and me year-round, though most of my favorite ones always happened around Christmas time. Lucky for me, Christian is really into traditions too, especially Christmastime traditions, and we’ve already started a few of our own. My all time favorite is our week-before-Christmas dates. Each day or night for a week, we’ll go on special dates: we always see a movie in the theater,…

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The Magic of the Season. (A Grateful Heart)

December 7, 2015
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We got our tree yesterday (Fred IV) and as I sat in our family room that afternoon, admiring our sweet tree as the branches began to rest down, I thought to myself – green is a really great, calming color… more rooms need more green. And then I had a funny thought and wondered if God favored a color and that if He did, it must be green because there is so much of it on our planet. (Random Thoughts…

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A Father/Daughter Tradition. (A Grateful Heart)

November 9, 2015
Em and Dad Purdue 2015

Well hello, Monday! I got back to Nashville last night after a quick weekend trip to my Indiana home. It’s always bittersweet to come and go from that place. While Nashville is definitely starting to feel like a new kind of home (which I am so grateful for), Indiana is where I grew up and there are way too many memories that were made in that state for me to just say “see ya!” If you’ve been reading this space…

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Dating Fall. (A Grateful Heart)

October 26, 2015

Happy Monday!! Before we get to grateful heart today, I have a few random things that must be mentioned, must be discussed. (And truthfully, my heart is grateful for the randomness too.) For those of you reading EG today from my site and not via email… notice anything different?? 😉 If you’re reading via email, may I ask you to click here & take a look at my blog’s new look?! I love it. Funny how a little refresh can inspire…

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