everyday life by way of instagram

right now

My promise of “more blogging and less Instagram[ing]” hasn’t yet happened so here’s a peek at everyday life since my last personal post. Everyday life is winding down from the autumn session frenzy… in fact, my final edits should be completed TODAY! Time in the kitchen keeps me grounded and I have been intentional about creating a sense of warmth and coziness inside as the temps continue to drop outside. Cinnamon, apples, roasted turkey breast, and egg not chai lattes are in rotation. Seasonal flavors keep me in the here-and-now. Our college boy is enjoying life and even though he is much closer than last year we see him less. Our youngest will be boarding a flight to NEW YORK tomorrow, marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday (making his appearance around 10:35 am)! The 2017 Winter Weekend Crafting & Relaxing Retreat is around the corner (THERE IS STILL AN OPEN SPOT FYI!) and I have been making preparations for it as well, accumulating gifts and crafting supplies. I turned the family advent calendar into a personal BE LOVE quest and can’t wait for December to roll around. Speaking of December, every four years or so I create a December Daily album – documenting seasonal traditions and daily moments. I’m doing things differently this time, documenting everything in Ali Edwards’ December Daily Journal before diving into the project. Annnnnnnd to top it all off, I am feeling so much better these days – surely signs that my copper and iron levels have moved back into the normal range (earlier this year I struggled with persistent anemia, further testing revealed leukopenia & a copper deficiency).

Grateful for so much this season: cozy pink sweatshirts, big sweaters, IF:Table, being paid to eat good food in a recent marketing study, date nights with Tony, boomerang blessings, sunshine, apple cake w/maple caramel ice cream, sour cream raisin pie, fun mail, a night on the couch with my entire family, dinner/drinks with friends in town, Sunday morning worship, Spotify playlists, stolen hugs, and celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary with family last night.

All good. So very good.

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