Happy Saturday! It’s only 15 more sleeps until Christmas – YIKES, I’m not exactly ready. Are you?
I did get the rest of my Christmas decor up and posted about it, so there’s that. And almost all the gifts are bought.
But this week, we are still on baby-watch, so I am sticking close to home. I am writing this on Friday afternoon, so I’m praying I can change the “are on baby watch” to “was on baby watch,” and I’m sure my daughter-in-law is too. She was due on Sunday, the 4th.
The expecting parents decided to go out to dinner last night, so I said why don’t the three big brothers sleep over with us, just in case. Here’s hoping they’ll have a baby brother by the morning. 😉
WHAT I’M WORKING ON
I’m in my final month as an ambassador for Vionic Shoes and I have two more shoes to style and take photos for. However, I’ve been dreadfully behind because I’ve been laid-up with my knee and now achilles issues. But this morning I forced myself to get busy and create something.
Anyway, I’m still working on a reel for social media, but the photos turned out pretty well considering I had to shoot these myself.
I struggle so much with this stuff because I really don’t like doing it. So, in the new year, I’m taking a step back from collaborations and creating content specifically for brands and will focus more on creating content just for you.
WHAT I ATE
It’s no secret that soup season is my favorite season. Well, I think it’s always soup season, but The Mister is not the fan that I am. However, he LOVES this Creamy Italian Sausage Tortellini soup.
My recipe is slightly different because I add a tablespoon of Italian seasoning.
It’s not super brothy, which may be why he’s smitten, but it’s very delicious and hearty! He’ll take the leftovers to work and come home telling me, “Man, that stuff is so good, you can make that anytime.” High praise indeed.
WHAT I WATCHED
On Wednesday evening, Mr. Dimples and I cuddled up in our respective “spots” in the living room (Do you guys have designated seats, too?) with a warm bowl of tortellini soup and near the glow of the twinkling Christmas tree lights and watched Max Lucado’s, The Christmas Candle on Prime Video. I won’t rewrite Amazon’s description, you can read that. But I will tell you that it’s a story about faith – preserving faith, renewing faith. The fact the it’s a period piece with British actors made it all that more appealing to me. 😉
WHAT I BOUGHT
She said it’s so MUCH BETTER than the Dyson, which I have but am not in love with. The biggest selling point is that it has a beater brush that is self-cleaning, meaning hair is not supposed to wrap around it. After recently having to buy new brushes for my Roomba and cut long, tangled, matted hair off the Dyson and a rechargeable stick vacuum, this one is worth a try.
I also found this handheld steamer/iron at Costco. After I figured out I needed to give it some time to get the “lead out” on its first use, I really like it!
I splurged and spent 20 bucks on a hand-held milk frother. I don’t drink coffee, but I want it solely for rich, creamy hot chocolate. Do you have one? What do you use it for?
And what would a week be around here if I didn’t buy something cozy? I snagged these PJ pants (XXL for lots of room) during black Friday sales. They are crazy soft, and while I think they are probably too warm for me to sleep in, I’ve already worn them several days around the house.
I got these satin pj’s (in a 3X and pictured above) for that Vionic brand collab photo. They are inexpensive and pretty stinkin’ fancy but probably too hot to sleep in as well.
WHAT I’M SENDING BACK
I ordered this beautiful cotton robe for the same photoshoot. It’s so pretty and comes in misses and plus size, which are hard to find; however, it doesn’t have pockets, and that’s a deal-breaker for me. If pockets aren’t a must-have for you, snag this one.
WHAT INSPIRED ME
I quickly took this picture of our second oldest grandson and The Hubs at church on Sunday. Be still my heart!
But what struck me about this moment was the lead-in. The pastor’s wife had gotten up to lead us in prayer and said that she felt we needed to pray for a few things; the first was to be filled with more of the Spirit of God. She then held out her hands and said, “Sometimes I hold out my hands like this and say, God, I want all that you have for me.”
And then I looked down as my 9-year-old grandson did just that. I know, sob.
So here’s the inspiration, or maybe it’s more of a thought: We can and should example prayer and chasing after God for our children, but we can’t assume they understand it all. Let’s not discount gently instructing them to understand that they can talk with God just like anyone else. Then tell them how to do it.
You know, sometimes even we grownups need the reminder that what we need the most is more of God. And that’s the one ask He’s sure to deliver. 😉
Have a blessed week!