Monthly Archives: November 2013

Black Friday Fun

Not many people would put the words “Black Friday” and “fun” in the same category, but my family definitely does.

You see, it’s tradition. Every year, my Mom, Aunts, cousins, sister, nieces and I go shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving. However, we are not “door busters.” We all meet in one central location, usually Target, and start our day around 9am, after most of the crazies serious shoppers have done their rounds and gone home. We meander through the store, sipping our Starbucks lattes and occasionally picking up a deal or two. Mostly, we’re just making memories.

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I don’t remember when my nieces (ages 17 & 18) and I started buying Starbucks drinks every year, but somehow there was once a joke made of a barista flirting with me while we ordered our coffee. I don’t even remember if that actually happened or not, but now that I’m the married old lady with a baby and a prego belly, it’s fun to point those jokes at them quietly as soon as we’re out of earshot of the coffee bar. πŸ˜‰

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Every year someone usually has a baby with them. Two years ago, we teased my cousin for carrying meatballs around in her purse. πŸ™‚ She had just found out she was pregnant and told us all at Thanksgiving. (Any woman who’s ever been pregnant knows the importance of protein when you’re nauseous all day!) Last year, we had a 9 month old, a 4 month old, and a 2 month old with us, and I was the pregnant one! This year is my turn to have the baby to carry around, and my sister and I both get to be the preggie-pies. πŸ™‚

And of course, there is the memory that will live on for decades (and what I really wish I had a photo of): the memory of the time my Grandma tried to take a sip of her Dr Pepper, and instead stuck the straw straight up her nose. Of course, every year we all do the same with our Target snack bar sodas and laugh as if its the first time it happened. People probably whisper about us and give us all kinds of looks, but we never notice. πŸ˜‰

My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving, which in my mind includes Black Friday. Two days in a row spent with the dearest friends I’ll ever have: my family. I may not come home with a giant TV or a trunk full of goodies, but my heart is filled to the brim every year, and I couldn’t ask for more!

Do you go shopping on Black Friday? What traditions do you have with your family?

Happy Thanksgiving (and Black Friday), y’all. πŸ™‚
Love,
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Thankfulness.

This is the season that calls us to remember all we have to be thankful for. There is something magical about leaves changing colors, the sun setting earlier, and a cool breeze circling your nose that really does make these coming months the most wonderful time of the year.

The Lord has been specifically teaching me over the last few weeks what the words joy and thankfulness really mean. If you’re struggling for something to read in the Scriptures, or have struggled with having joy in your season of life, I would encourage you to do a study on these words! Grab a concordance and look up every verse they are in. I have found that they are almost always found hand-in-hand with one another, as well as words like: singing, dancing, shouting, steadfast love, and best of all… the Presence of God. When I invite him into my home, into my day-to-day life, He brings joy with Him. I can’t just “sense” Him; I have to dwell on His word, His promises, and above all remember to thank Him for all He has done. And He has given so, so much to be thankful for!

Happy Fall, from our family to yours!

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“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.” -Psalm 79:13

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“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the work of your hands I sing for joy.” -Psalm 92:1-4

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“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” -Isaiah 55:12

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“And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!”
-Psalm 107:22

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever!” -Psalm 107:1

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“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” -Psalm 30:4-5