Five on Friday… ready, go!
Steven and I went to Dave’s Cosmic Subs for dinner on Tuesday and then did a bit of Christmas shopping at The Learned Owl, a great little bookshop in my hometown of Hudson, Ohio. We managed to find some amazing presents and we were super happy we could shop locally for our family members.
I run the Edge Junior High Youth Ministry where I work and Thursday we had our Advent/early Christmas party with the kids. My sweet high schooler, Beth, helps me run it and she dressed up like an elf – seriously, she is too sweet. The kids were a little wild and it left me pretty exhausted afterwards, but it was a great and fun afternoon.
I have been on the lookout for stockings for Steven and I. I have been struggling to find ones that I love. I didn’t want to settle and buy them just to buy them, you know? Today I finally found some great ones at Kohl’sand I am just over the moon excited about them. I might have sent Steven 20 text messages about my excitement… oops 😉 I was also SUPER productive today – I went to the chiropractor, bank, gas station, AAA, Kohl’s, Target, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Big Lots, and now I’m relaxing at the Stow Public Library writing this post. Busy bee! It feels nice to just sit and unwind.
I bought Steven some stocking stuffers today at Grismer’s Christian Gifts. They don’t have a website to show you, but they have some great locations around Northeast, Ohio and I greatly recommend checking them out. I am a big fan of the Stow, Ohio location- mostly because they know me by name there #frequentshopper
For Christmas this year, I wanted to try the “want, need, wear, read” tradition for my dear husband. The read part was the trickiest, because he is not a big book reader (maybe one day I’ll convert him) and I couldn’t find any solid magazines I thought were worth spending the money on, but today I realized how much we LOVE prayer cards and novena books, so I bought a few for stocking stuffers. I am officially finished shopping for him! Hooray.
I have been loving Ann Voskamp‘s daily Advent reflections on Facebook. Today she wrote, “I will let every flood of stress today be an invitation to get into the ark of my Savior.” How beautiful. I believe that is something we can all take to prayer.
Have a great weekend, friends!