Currently Linkup // December

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2015 has been such a wonderful year. Getting married to my best friend was absolutely the highlight and my second year as a youth minister has been pretty amazing, too. Like most of you, I just cannot believe how time is absolutely flying. How is it December already? I just love this time of year, especially all of the purple Advent decorations around the church and seeing the twinkling lights on the houses. Everything is just so beautiful.

Today I am linking up once again with Anne and Jenna for their monthly “Currently” link-up to share what I am currently wishing, remembering, wrapping, baking, and decorating. This is such a fun dynamic linkup. I encourage you to join in!   

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Wishing: each of you the very best of this Advent season! I am also wishing to create some life-giving traditions with my new husband. We are trying to discern where to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas and how to find balance newlywed life and our family traditions. Any tips for your girl here? I’m ready and willing to learn. It’s tricky, because I just do not want to let either of our families down.

Remembering: Jean Donovan, Sr. Dorothy Kazel, Sr. Maura Clarke, and Sr. Ita Ford. 35 yeras ago today they were murdered by the Salvadoran military for their work and dedication to the poor. These women spent their lives working in solidarity with the children and families who had fallen victim to the escalating violence in El Salvador, which eventually brought about the civil war. The lives of these missionaries remind us that Christ places a mission – something that energizes us – on each of our hearts and it is our responsibility to say yes to that call, to follow Christ, and to take up the cross of our neighbors who are hurting. May we each find that call deep within our hearts so that we may honor the lives of these martyrs.

“I hope you find that which gives life a deep meaning for you. Something worth living for – something worth dying for – something that energizes you, enthuses you, enables you to keep moving ahead. I can’t tell you what it might be – that’s for you to find, to choose, to love. I can just encourage you to start looking and support you in the search.” Ita Ford, HM

Wrapping: a sweet, special present for my husband. I picked it up yesterday at a small business in Ohio City and I am just over the moon excited about giving it to him on Christmas Eve.

Baking: Nothing quite yet, but we have our staff Christmas party on December 22nd and each of us has been asked to bring a small dessert to share. If anyone has any ideas or great Pinterest links, I am all ears!

Decorating: our sweet, humble apartment in all red, white and gold. I just love how these colors look together. I originally just wanted white and gold, but Steven asked for a pop of color – so red it was. Our living room is pretty quaint, so there are only a few places to decorate which makes life a wee bit simpler, but also harder because I want to buy all the decorations. I adore how it looks thus far… and I REALLY love Home Goods. I have found so many wonderful treasures there, like our pretty gold tree skirt. I’m in love!

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Monthly Goals: December Edition

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Sweet December has arrived! ‘Tis the season for cozy blankets, lit trees, Advent wreaths, and Christmas cheer.

Without further ado, here is a recap from my very first set of goals: I accomplished 3/4. We ordered our Christmas cards, started Christmas shopping, and created some very special Thanksgiving traditions. We were not able to have Steven’s parents over for dinner, but we invited them! Our free dates did not align, but hopefully very soon.

This month, I hope to:

  • Mail the last of our wedding thank you cards (you guys, we only have 14 left. We are so close!)
  • Mail our personal Christmas cards
  • Select the photos for our wedding album. We got one with our wedding photography package! Woo!
  • Celebrate my 26th birthday with my dear husband
  • Finish reading Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber

What are your goals this month?

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