Confessions of a Closet Book Nerd.

This past year, I did a lot of reading. Especially over the winter when it was football season. Since I’m not as big of a football nut at Stuart, but enjoy spending time with him, I came up with the perfect compromise: to read while he watches football (or golf, or basketball, or volleyball, or baseball…you get the idea.) And as it was my first winter married to Stuart, I had ample time and opportunity to read through lots of books!

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Merry Christmas!

I decided to wish all of you a Merry Christmas a couple days early, since most of you will be off line tomorrow and Christmas Day, enjoying time around the tree with family. (And if you’re not, do it…nothing on here is as important as your family!!) As I stated here, this is my first Christmas not spent with my family, but I’m super excited to experience my first Grandlienard Christmas.

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Christmas Means: Waiting on the Stairs, Roast Beef Sandwiches and Family.

This year is my first ever Christmas not spent with my family, and I’m a little emotional about it. I am very excited to experience my first ever Grandlienard Christmas, but at the same time, I’m going to miss celebrating Christmas with the people, food, smells, and traditions that I’m used to. Let me just tell you, I LOVE traditions. And we had a ton growing up, and still follow some to this day.

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Elmer the Elf.

I have to tell you something that may come as a shock: my mom had the original idea for “Elf on a Shelf.” I’m so serious. Only his name was Elmer, and he wasn’t an actual doll. Ok, so it may have been a little different, but it’s the same general concept. Hear me out:

I never, ever saw Elmer, but all throughout the Christmas season he’d leave me little notes about what he saw me doing and how I was behaving.

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GIVE.

One thing I love about the holidays is that people GIVE. My friend Sophia works at Starbucks and was telling me about how right before Thanksgiving, the “I want to pay for the guy behind me” epidemic began. It seems like people are usually just more joyful, caring and giving during the holidays.

You know, I wonder if there is a connection between the JOY part and the GIVING part.

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A Fount of Blessings.

Happy Monday! I know most people (including myself) aren’t the most excited about Mondays, so I thought today I’d share the lyrics to one of my absolute favorite hymns to encourage anyone who has a case of the “miserable Mondays.” It’s called “Come Thou Fount,” and it’s about simply praising God and asking Him to bless our lives. I hope you enjoy it and maybe see a new meaning in it’s beautiful words.

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5 Days Later…

First of all…happy Friday! We’re in Xenia, Ohio right now and it’s a very snowy, wintery morning. I would normally love this, except that Stuart and I are driving back to his parents tonight for the weekend, so hopefully the roads will clear up and be safe! But hey, snow or not, it’s FRIDAY! Yay!

Quick update on my December challenge:

I’ve only been officially gluten-free for 5 days so far…which may seem like not a lot, but for me, the fact that I can honestly say I’ve been gluten-FREE for 5 days is a big deal.

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