November. Almost gone.

: A delivery of wide-plank antique heart pine flooring. Right now it’s occupying half our living space and means that our home is a bit topsy-turvy, but come January, it will mean a beautiful floor in our kitchen and family room.

: Lots of sewing for a homeschool musical. Dresses, tunics, leggings, wimples, and gobs of gold trim.

: A house renovation at my sister Brietta’s has meant a family of 6 here with us for a couple of weeks. It has been so. much. fun.

: Baking for Thanksgiving, and days at my parents’ house. Games, food, being together. And, of course, wanting to be more thankful.

: Watching a landscape turn gold and silver, and excitedly welcoming the first flurry of flakes (none of which bothered to stay long. Sad.)

: Replacing beautiful pumpkins with garlands and snowmen, special books and an Advent calendar. I kept it simple and focused on our hearth and mantel (see #1), but those red berries and pine cones are effectively ushering in a season of warmth, beauty, and Expectation.

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