poppy's thoughts

counting the moments

Comings and Goings

Thanksgiving has come and gone, black Friday has breezed by, and now onto Christmas. I like these in-between moments, when you can kind of stop and breath. This is definitely one of those whole weekends I am grateful for, when you can sleep in and not feel guilty. I also am so grateful for this weather, perfect breeze and chilly nights. This weather helps to promote the baking season. I love all these moments when they come together to create great peace. So if you wondering what I have been grateful for these past days, it has been the days themselves. Each and everyone have been a breathe of fresh air.

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Now for something completely different …

Instead of reasons why I am thankful for this month and Thanksgiving,  I am just going to be plain and simple.  I am just want to share a part of my heart and what I am thankful for in my life. I am so grateful for my family, each and every member,  my husband, and my faith. Every person has things, people, places, moments, that shape them, with out these things we would not be ourselves.  So take a moment send a thank you,  tell people you love them, it always feels  so wonderful. Thank you to those of you who take time to read my musings.

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Three Days Thanks

So I am new to blogging and finding it a challenge to blog everyday. Hopefully by the end of the month it will become habit. Well last post was two days behind and this one is three.
Number one, the diversity in a room of two hundred people. We are what we eat right? Let us take a step back to the food before consumption.  What we cook tells people who we are as well. Often we cook dishes that our families have made for generations,  and they make those dishes because it usually comes from their ancestors. 
Number two:  All the food to eat. Now that I am married I have two family Thanksgivings, and third including my church-giving. Around the end of November I don’t have to cook much.  I still get to eat till my heart is content, and then some. This is what the holidays are about right?  If they are not don’t tell me otherwise.
Number three: Holidays are about tradition,  and each year my son learns a little more. I love looking in on him making memories. I still make new ones each year, but watching him trying to remember faces he sees once a year, and attempting to make that connection. All the stories he comes away with, it is beautiful watching my whole family being carried on in the memories of my son.

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Two for one

I love reading that line in a store.  I have fallen behind on my daily post, but not in gratitude. I will admit it has gotten a little difficult to find thirty things specifically about Thanksgiving to be grateful about, none the less I have found two. I love baking for the holidays,  it is such an emotional release for me. My mother used to do it all the time, so now watching my son enjoy cookies I made, is amazing. Also I am so grateful for the electricity bills. They are amazingly low, and my house feels amazing.  I feel like these two thoughts complete my point, there is always something to say thank you. Even when you feel like all hope is lost, buy a new pair of socks,  they will feel amazing.

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‘Tis the Season

I would like Christmas decorating to start a little later in the year, and the holiday spirit to last year round. I love this season of giving and thankfulness, it is so heart warming. If only we keep our hearts warm, and hands open all the time. I mean this is the whole idea behind my blog, but it is also a big part of my heart. Random acts of kindness have a lasting effect on people. Family, friends, coworkers, and strangers all need a little pick me up sometime. Thank goodness this season R.A.C’s are encouraged,  but carry it on to the rest of the year.

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Forty-what?

The boots with the fur, scarves with the fluff, blouse with the gravy stain. I love this weather,  cause let me say everyone looks good in a loose fitting sweater. I don’t know if marketing has just gotten to me or what, but I love me some boots: fur boots, wellies, knee high boots, suede boots, cowboy boots. If I don’t like a boot, that must be one ugly boot. You ask why the gravy stained blouse to go with all the other lovely attire? Because I have a four year old boy. Ever since he has been old enough to eat solids, I have walked away from almost every meal with some of his food on me. End story: I love fall and so in love with the attire that comes along with the season. Thank you Jesus for this cool weather. 
( I can walk out of the house with sweats on and no one thinks I am crazy.)

Psalms 96:6

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Church Turkey

I am so blessed to be apart of a church that believes in doing life together,  we believe in family.  I know someone is always right there for me, just a phone call away. I am so thankful that the leaders in church take time out of their lives to help put together a dinner for 150 plus people. I am so thankful that 365 days a year I know my church is working on bringing the family closer. If you do not have a church family,  go find you one, it is a family that you may have had no idea that you needed. Church family love is so amazing,  so covering,  so kind!
Jer.  3:14-15

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Twice as Nice

Two times a year I am aloud to expect a turkey leg: state fair and Thanksgiving.  I am blessed to have those two days, I just wish they were a little more spread out. I am grateful none the less. A little personal, a little selfish; but never take the small things for granted.

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Paper Turkey

I love crafting, infact when I am done with this post I am going to go scrapbook. So go out and make your paper Turkey, because pictures are worth a million words. My family takes pictures of everything.  I have an aunt who has her picture taken every year with a mouth full of food. The only reason I remember this is because there is picture proof.  Even if you don’t think it is going to be a big moment snap it anyways, just don’t put too much detail on that page when you scarp it. I am so grateful for pictures, they are easy to remember,  fun, and last a lifetime. Go into the world ladies powered with the mission to photograph everything. 

I Corinthians 11:23-25

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The Sweet Spot

The moment when everyone is sitting down happily snacking on what is left on their plate,  telling stories of holidays past. Then it happens,  the noise fades out,  you look onto the sweetest moment of the day. Perfect harmony has been achieved.  It does not matter if someone has upset you that year,  if someone said all the wrong things,  no trespassings matter. The room is so full of peace and love it fills everyone to the point of extreme happiness. I love this moment, when the world is so perfect,  when life is in the sweet spot. This is the moment I look forward to all year,  the cooking,  the cleaning,  and the traveling are all worth it in this moment.  So I implore you savor this moment as much as you do desserts.

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