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November 2013

grace and the “family bed.”

two brown felted noses peek at me beside my pillow, nestled against the softest cheek and the feathery eyelashes of my Littlest.  again, he has snuck in during the wee, dark hours…

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fearful of the dreams and imaginings that come, unbidden, still confident in the security he finds nestled between us, he worms his way into our king-sized bed and nuzzles up to daddy or me.  somehow his tiny body, spooned into mine, manages to occupy fully half of the bed. 

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or a different night, he chooses daddy and his still-little arms stretch to land on my face.

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nonetheless, inconvenienced from my peaceful slumber and ousted from my perch by my husband-sized snuggle partner, then joined by next-oldest-in-line for all-out giggle-fest, i lie, in awe, that we are gifted with these five blessings whose trust and confidence in our care is both largely undeserved and fiercely treasured.

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we cannot possibly perfectly accomplish all that we long to in parenting our Gifts, but we have been Called.  so here I stay, duck-fuzzy forearm resting on my nose, thankful for every. single. second.

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my room, and my heart, are invaded by our hereditary blessings.  and here I stay, begging my Papa to enable me to bless them as they deserve, with boundless love and exemplary grace and when needed, passionate up-building and courageous discipline to help faithfully restore the wandering lamb when called.  grace-unending as His heart calls them through mine for these too-short years.

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free thanksgiving printable

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we’re hosting thanksgiving!  i am looking forward to having sweet friends and family over and pitching in our cooking skills and more importantly, enjoying sweet fellowship together.

as i’m getting ready for our day, i’ve found a wealth of cool resources (see below for links!) and created a little printable of my own!  i found some adorable clearance frames this week and i’ll be using those to display this scripture to remind me what the day is really all about.

click here to download my printables.  to save ink, choose the white background.  these are sized as 8×10, so i recommend printing on 8-1/2 by 11 paper and cropping to fit your frame!

if you prefer a 5×7, click here.

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i am using a combination of these planners to help me keep it all in line:

adorable “gobble guide” from the lovely

The Gobble Guide: Free Printable Thanksgiving Planner

a streamlined but incredibly simple multi-page thanksgiving planner from the menu mom

this collection of planner pages also includes two Christmas edition pages (go, super-planner-girl!) to get a jump on the celebration!

as i print and plan, i’m finally (after 18 years of being on my own as a wife/hostess!) going to create a special “thanksgiving” section in my household notebook where i’m saving the expected recipes along with these fabulous planner pages, and new ideas for next year.  yay for pockets of organization!

with the planning underway, i have to have some of these printables from and three little monkeys studio.  aren’t they the perfect balance of warm/traditional and modern?

i’ll be setting a few of these on the kids’ table (thanksgiving activity book from u create – so cute!).  🙂

click here for adorable free autumn-colored printable washi-style toothpick tags for your appetizers from somewhat simple!  and i ADORE this steal-worthy idea for a “thankful thanksgiving” tablecloth.  totally doing it.  🙂

i love these printables from eighteen25.

and i’d hate to forget to say i am so thankful for free fonts!  here are the fonts i used in my Psalm 107:


ostrich sans rounded

passion sans




wisdom script

have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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i want to make this. {paleo thanksgiving turkey}

they’re all such traditionalists, my family.  they demand green bean casserole (yes, with cream-of-something-soup), and my grandma’s sweet potato casserole, and canned cranberry sauce, and potato casserole made with boxed flakes.  and every year we make those things, because they are tied via flavor and scent to memories and moments.

there’s something to be said for tradition, and there’s something to be said for mixing things up!  i think i just might put this on the menu this year.  it’s not far from what i’ve made in years past… and it looks divine simple!


what do you think?  should i slip in some new traditional dishes, and blow their minds?

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check out the many meal plan options!  here’s to a healthy, joy-filled thanks-giving life.

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