Thanksgiving, Christmas Décor, and November Reading

Thanksgiving was another great holiday for our family. The four of us stay home and celebrate with a relaxing day. Like normal, we started with me waking up early and starting on dinner preparations. As soon as Otis woke up, I  reminded him that his most important job at that moment was to go get me a newspaper. 😁 I love to sit down and go through the black Friday ads. I know they are online and some of them have been out for weeks. There is just something traditional for me to spread out, go through the entire packet and write my list. I LOVE it! We watch the parade together and watch for our favorite floats and performers. This year’s winners were Pokémon, Ben Rector and Santa Clause!!

We had way too much food and enjoyed a wonderful and delicious meal together before we all  needed some lounge time to recover!! We are so thankful for all of our blessings this year and how God continues to hold us in His hands!

Allie and I headed out to do some Black Friday shopping that night. We were chatting all day long about what time we should leave. In years past, she had gone into work with me and then we would go shopping at 3AM when I got off. This year, we could go whenever we wanted…we just weren’t sure when to go! haha! We headed out about 7:45PM and hit almost everything on our list. We are not big ticket item shoppers. We are all about the doorbusters- the $5 items and the cheap movies!!! We were home a little after 1AM and had a great time!


Our family tradition has always been to put up the tree and outside decorations on the day after Thanksgiving. We bought our tree the Wednesday before and so on Friday, it was ready to move into the house and be decorated. The kids and I usually handle the inside decorations and the tree. Otis is outside getting all of the lights on the house. It works great for us! Christmas really is our favorite time of year!!


We are excited for all of the festivities that this coming month has to offer!! We are also excited that we will have more freedom than ever to participate in them as a family. We are headed to our first Christmas Party tonight and are looking forward to our local parade this weekend!! From here on out, it’s all Christmas, all the time!!


Now on to my reading for this month….

I only made it through one book this month, but that is fine with me!! I read Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. 

I have become a really big fan of hers and was super excited to dive into this book. I was really looking forward to it, because if I am honest with myself…I was hoping to grow while reading it. It can take me about 3 seconds to feel left out, not good enough and alone in life. I know that my personality is to take things very  personally. Every glance, every card, every text, every invitation or lack of- It all tends to go straight to my heart. I opened this book ready to highlight, underline, and learn. I will say that I definitely took more notes from this book than I generally do while reading through a book. Here are a few of my highlighted notes-

“I have to keep my mind focused on what the Holy Spirit whispers, not what my flesh screams.”

“The mind feasts on what it focuses on. What consumes my thinking will be the making of my identity.”

“The more fully we invite God in, the less we will feel less invited by others.”

“It is impossible to hold up the banners of victim and victory at the same time.”

“Heartbreaking seasons can certainly grow me, but were never meant to define me.”

There was so much more that I could have written about this book. I hope that if the topic, author, or any of the quotes peak your interest…that you would give it a read!!


I am already planning a few more posts over the next few weeks. I pray that everyone enjoys this beautiful Christmas season, all that it represents, and all that it has to offer!!



About jfulford01

Hello to anyone taking time form their busy lives to read my blog. I am a wife to an amazing man, who I am blessed to serve alongside in youth ministry. I am mommy to two amazing kids who I am privileged to be able to homeschool. This blog is out of my comfort zone and certainly me trying to be obedient to Christ. I love Him more than I care about my own comfort or awkwardness. Hopefully, this blog is honest, real, and transparent. I'm not a big fan of fake. The Lord is using it to bring growth to me...and I pray that in the process something about my crazy beautiful life might also encourage others.
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