Suddenly, it's late fall outside.
When did that happen?
If we were having coffee in person this evening, I'd welcome you in and take your coat, hat and gloves.
Oh, you like our turkey?
That's part of our decorating for Thanksgiving, which I can finally fully engage now that Halloween is over and it's getting colder outside.
And, oh-my-goodness, it's so very chilly out now that the sun has set for the day.
I've completely made the switch from blended chai drinks to steaming, hot ones. Would you like some? Last time we had coffee/tea I mentioned I found a new brand I really love -- you asked me to write it down, but I don't remember if I did. It's called Amerja, and it's the perfect blend of spicy.
Once we settled in with warms cups in our chilled hands, I'd ask about your day. How was it?
Did you stand in line waiting at the polls, or was voting a relatively painless procedure this round?
Our village hall was packed with voters at 3 p.m. today. Normally, I get a little cranky when I can't find a parking space for five minutes, but, today, my heart just kind of fluttered at the thought of so many people voting.
As I picked up my ballot today, I remembered how lucky I am to live in a place where I'm not fearful entering a polling place. I know many people around the globe are not so lucky, and they literally take their lives into their hands by just merely showing up to vote.
I'm so grateful for that.
Oh. Just ignore that sound of my husband slapping his head against his forehead. He's watching election-night coverage, and he gets almost as involved with political coverage as when the Bears are playing and losing.
You might find it a little silly, but it kind of makes my heart beat out of my chest when he gets so passionate about election-night coverage.
It stems from my years of live reporting in the newsroom on election night -- now that's excitement! Anyway, um, I'm grateful for our freedoms and rights.
Speaking of speaking of grateful, the boys and I have begun talking about Thanksgiving and what it entails.
Do you have any really good pointers for making Thanksgiving meaningful? Any lasting traditions? I've been wracking my brain trying to think of a really unique way to focus on showing gratitude this month and on Thanksgiving day. Please, please share!
What are you thankful for?
I must share that lately I've been really thankful for a calm season in parenting as hubby and I really dig deep into our Vantage Point 3 class. This quarter of the 9-month long class about who God is, who we are and who He made us to be requires us to begin composing our life story.
It may sound like bliss for a writer, but I've really been lost in deep thought about how my childhood has shaped me and how God has been at work my whole life even when I haven't realized it.
Oh, I've talked your ear off.
But thanks for sharing some tea tonight. And thanks to Amy for hosting virtual coffee and giving all of us blogging friends a way to catch up. If you'd like to have your own virtual coffee, be sure to visit Amy and link up with her.