So Much To Be Grateful For

My house smells delicious. Well, it’s about to anyway. Since everyone in my family will be working or at school tomorrow, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving at the weekend instead of on the actual day.

That means, come the weekend, my sisters will be busy making place cards. My dad will be trying to create a new-and-original centrepiece for the table, my mom will be stuffing the turkey and my pumpkin pie will be on its way into the oven. The doorbell will ring and our friends will arrive. We’ll sit down to eat, filling ourselves with second and third helpings of stuffing and beans and casserole and turkey. At dessert, we’ll have a ‘slither’ of both the pies… and then a bit more after. And of course, we’ll have cinnamon whipped cream and ice cream too. We’ll go round the table and say what we’re thankful for, then my sisters and I will argue over who gets to blow out the candles as we clear the table. We’ll play some games, maybe watch Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving and have a round or two of hide and seek in the dark, all of which will inevitably end in fits of giggles.

The evening will end almost before it’s started, the leftovers will be stored in various tupperware, and we’ll load and reload the dishwasher as many times as it takes to fit everything in. I’ll go to bed that night with a full stomach but an even fuller heart.

I love celebrating Thanksgiving, even if we’re on the wrong side of the ocean, not just because of the good food and company, but because it slows me down. It slows me down and reminds me to be grateful.

I love Thanksgiving for that, but at the same time, I think it’s sad. I think it’s sad that it takes a day- or an entire four day holiday if you’re reading this from America- to slow us down and remind us to count our blessings. I think it’s sad that we live in a society that is so fast-paced that it takes a long weekend to evoke gratitude from within.

For me, the average week looks like school, babysitting, music practice, homework, blogging, more babysitting, back to school, youth group, friends, friends again, Church, work, studying, Netflix, babysitting, homework, cooking dinner, driving lesson, extra maths, band rehearsal, school again, face-timing cousins, blogging even more… you get the idea. I don’t know what your typical week looks like, but chances are it looks something similar to mine… busy, jam-packed and fleeting.

Life is fast. I get that. I get that it can be hard to find time. But maybe that’s not a good enough excuse anymore. Maybe we need to examine our lives and decide that today, no matter how busy we may find ourselves, we’re going to make time.

Maybe we need to make time to look around us and to see the sky, the smiles of the people next to us, the stack of sticky notes, the vibrant autumn leaves. Maybe we need to make time to listen to the uplifting prayers of others, that new worship song, the sweet voice message, the geese as they fly by. Maybe we need to make time to feel the gentle nudges of my friends, the fluffy sweater, the hot shower, the warmth of home. Maybe we need to take time to taste the homecooked meals, the clear water from our taps, that gooey, chocolate cookie, the coffee from breakfast.

Friend, I don’t know if it’s the same for you. Maybe you already have the time in your life, maybe you manage to find a moment here and there, maybe it’s part of your routine. But I know for me, I sure need to be better at turning off my phone, at pausing my music, at taking a step back to look around me and take in how much I really am blessed with.

Because really, truly, I have so much to be grateful for.

Life Update + An Announcement

Heyo, happy Wednesday, friends!

How are you doing? What’s new with you?

I’ve been keeping very busy recently; I’ve had lots going on with school, I’ve been babysitting and working a lot and I feel like I’ve had lots of little extra things on too… lots of seeing friends, lots of rushing here, there and everywhere and lots of essays to write, haha! But I like being busy, so I’ve been well!

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Beautiful, Beautiful

There’s this tree across the street from my window. Its leaves are fairly small, but their bright colour makes up for their size; they’re a vibrant green. As the season has been slowly shifting, the leaves are slowly starting to change too… there are now golden specks and a plethora of oranges and rubies hidden amongst the still-vibrant summer leaves. That tree has been across the street outside my window for as long as I’ve lived in this house, certainly for as long as my desk has been sat in the window, and yet I’ve never noticed it quite like I did today. The light was hitting it just right and the sky above it was like a beautiful backdrop, such a bright blue and with the clouds moving so quickly.

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Day In The Life + Something Fun!

YOU. GUYS.

This is a post you are NOT going to want to miss!

Okay, I hope you’re hooked now because I’ve got something so, SO exciting to share with y’all at the end of this post! First, though, I’ve been thinking forever that it would be super fun to do a lil’ day in the life! A few weeks back, I put a ‘what do ya wanna see on the blog?’ question box on my Instagram and a bunch of you said a day in the life… so here we are! That said, I do realize not all of you guys follow me on Instagram, so if you’d like to drop anything you’d like to see on the blog down in the comments below, that would be great!

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Journaling Bible Flip Through

Happy happy happy Wednesday, friend! How are you doing?

I’ve been self isolating recently, which means a LOOOT of time stuck in my bedroom, watching Netflix (Dawson’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, I’m coming for yaaa!!) and not much time anywhere esle. One thing I have been doing to pass a bit of time, however is catching up on some Bible journaling. I’ve had an art journal Bible for quite, and all this free time has given me a reason to get back into it, so here I present to you: MY JOURNAL BIBLE FLIP THROUGH!

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50 MORE Things To Do This Fall

Friends… it is officially the season to be ‘fall-y’, the season of pumpkin spice and everything nice and of apple pies and autumn skies! I’m definetly a summer person but even I can’t help but get into the mood a little bit, what with the leaves turning all shades of red and golden, and the enticing aroma of my seasonal bakes fresh out of the oven…

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The Quickest Thing I Ever Saw

‘That was the quickest thing I ever saw,’ I exclaimed to my dad.

One minute, I’d been sitting atop a hail bail watching the sun set, waiting for him to finish talking on the phone. I turned around to pick up my pup and the next thing I knew, the sunset was over. 

The sky, previously streaked with orange and golden and pink, was now a deep shade of blue-grey. The magnificent painting that was the sunset had disappeared… and we were left standing in an empty field at dusk.

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Love Like Jesus

I’ll be honest… I’ve never been great at memorising scripture. It’s something I want to work on, but it’s never really been something I’ve been all too brilliant at.

There are, however, a few passages that my parents taught me and my sisters when we were younger, that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. We would write them on a little chalkboard in the middle of our kitchen table and practice them every morning. The first was Galatians 5:22-23- the fruits of the Spirit. The second was the Lord’s prayer and the third, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8… the ‘love passage’.

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Summer Photo Dump

Heyo everyone!!

Okay, how crazy is this: summer is nearly over! Wow, I’m not sure about you, but I can hardly believe it! I guess it’s true what they say about how time flies when you’re having fun, because this summer sure has been an amazing one, and it feels like it’s lasted no longer than a blink of an eye!

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One Year of Not So Perfect!!

Friends!! I have something SO exciting to tell you… I’m sure you managed to guess it from the title but: NOT SO PERFECT IS TURNIG ONE!!! It feels SO crazy to think I’ve has this little space for exactly one whole year today!!!

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