Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Virtual Coffee: Two

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.



  1. Oh, that class sounds so intimidating and so enlightening at the same time!! Impressive that you are diving in. :-) What a treasure to realize how God has worked in your life, even when you didn't know it.

  2. That does sound like a very interesting class. I've been doing a lot of digging myself lately. It's been good and bad, but all relevant to who I am and where I'm going. Thanks for the coffee! It was nice meeting you.

  3. Wow, there's so much to love about this post. You can talk my ear off any time ;)

    Thank you for mentioning how amazing it is that we enjoy the luxury of voting without fear. Gratitude is a wonderful thing and never overdone, I think.

    I've put a lot of thought into Easter and Christmas, but haven't really contemplated how to make Thanksgiving more meaningful beyond the typical go-around-the-table-and-say-what-you're-thankful-for tradition. Now I've got a research itch... I'll share what I find!

    Lastly, my husband is all abuzz about the election results too. I can hear him streaming the news live as he works on homework :)

  4. You know I'm sitting here watching political coverage :) As a political science major, I can't unglue myself from the screen!!!

  5. you know, your comment on my post instantly made me smile. Just saying "good to stop in" made me feel like we've known each other for years. Like, we were really getting together for coffee. :)

  6. And yes, life has been crazy! So crazy I forgot to answer in my last comment. tee hee

  7. I'd love to hear more about what the chap said that made you reconsider! Is there a link anywhere?

    (and I'll have a straight English Breakfast Tea, splash of milk, 2 sugars....)

  8. I love when you talk my ear off. It's so refreshing to my spirit to read your wonderful words as you share your genuine perspective on faith, parenting and life. I want to make Thanksgiving more meaningful too. If I think of an idea, I'll let you know.

    Hyacynth, thanks so much for your friendship, support and advice during my husband's job hunt. We're a little battle weary now, but we're trying to regroup and figure something out. It's tough some days to keep positive, but I'm trying. Hugs!

  9. Hmmm... I think I could use some nice steamed something right about now. I might have to go make some after I finish typing this.

    I LOVE that turkey - very cool. We have a tradition around Thanksgiving that involves a turkey - we make a turkey hand like you used to do in school and on each finger/feather, we write down something we're thankful for. They go in their memory boxes.

  10. I felt like I was just sitting down and having a nice relaxing chat with a friend! I love that.

    It is finally turning colder. Turned the heat on this morning.

    As for showing how you are thankful- maybe finding a family through your church that could use help with Thanksgiving dinner and collecting a full meal for them? And maybe a few toys for their kids?

  11. Mmmmm chai tea was delicious, thanks! I'm weird but I like it brewed strong without any sugar whatsoever.

    Live reporting on election day, wow! How extremely exciting. You must blog about that some day.

    My husband and I share opposite political views. It makes it fun... er... heated. Fortunately though we respect each others opinion. We were all about the live coverage, too. Until he got so frustrated that I suggested a little humor to lighten it up. Cue in John Stewart and Colbert. I may not agree with their politics, but they are hilarious!

    Now I've talked your ear off. I always enjoy tea/coffee & chit chat.

  12. i love what you said about voting. i kept thinking of those that can before us, and specifically of the women who fought for OUR right to vote but i wasn't thinking about those that literally risk their lives to vote...today. i am trying to think of something special to do this thanksgiving with the kids as well, i fi come across anything brilliant i will let you know : ) thanks for coffee!

  13. Love it. I like the sound of that class. My husband is also very election minded and it was going at our house until late last night. One of my favorite traditions is called a thankful box. It is an old cigar box that has been decorated. We put things we are thankful for on little slips of paper during the year and read them all on thanksgiving day as we are sitting together around the table. The kids all try and remember their favorite things of the year. It can really touch your heart when they remember something you did or something that happened. We have found it a great way to get "in the spirit" for Thanksgiving.

  14. I have to say that I avoided all political coverage. After the months of commercials, fliers, phone calls and people showing up at my door, I'm just tired of it.

    Anyway, in thinking about Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for my family, especially my amazing son.


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