Happy Fall Y’all! Compared to the COVID-19 Spring and Summer…Fall is starting to feel a little more like normal. As we come to the end of November, COVID-19 cases are starting to rise and we all are wondering where that will lead in the midst of both the global health crisis as well as the political jockeying for position here in the US. So grateful that we serve a God who never changes…and He is still on His throne!
November meant lots of house projects and we are still enjoying making this old house our home for many years to come. Emma and Eli both finished up great volleyball and tennis (Emma) and soccer (Eli) seasons just in time to ease into the holidays. Emma’s volleyball team won the City of Acworth championship for 12 and under…the championship match went down to the very last points of the 3rd game…super exciting!
We had a special treat of having my Mom in town to visit with us for a few weeks. The timing of her visit was perfect! She was able to see Eli’s soccer, Emma’s tennis and basketball, Emma’s birthday, a play at school, a tour of the new NCCS Upper School Building, go to church with us, out with friends, and on several walks around Acworth. She also helped us decorate for Christmas which was extra fun! What a gift it is to have a Mom/Mimi that we all have so much fun with! At school, we had a special Thanksgiving Parade to kick off Thanksgiving break. Eli’s class made a turkey out of a golfcart and I had the privilege of driving the Elf!
Emma’s 12th birthday was two weeks ago. 12 seems like a big one to me. She has grown into such a beautiful and helpful young lady. Emma is really into baking and cooking right now…and we all LOVE that. She has a sweet group of friends and is really getting plugged into the middle school ministry at Cedarcrest. We love that she enjoys trying new things. Every free moment she is working on her volleyball serve or organizing something in our house. Earlier this month…it was under our kitchen cabinets!
Clint’s parents came out the weekend before Thanksgiving and we had a great time with them and my mom as we visited a new restaurant in town 1885 Grill…so good! We loved it so much that we went again the following weekend with some dear friends and strolled downtown Acworth on a beautiful day after enjoying a great meal!
We headed to North Mississippi for Thanksgiving with my mom to meet my sister and her family. They have a beautiful place on the lake there and we had lots of fun with all the cousins getting to play together. The food was awesome…but the three days of just being together was the biggest blessing! Other than looking sharp for some family pics for Thanksgiving…the theme of our time together was sweatpants…which was perfect!
We came home the day after Thanksgiving in order to be home to cheer on our NCCS Eagles in their big win in the first round of the Football state playoffs. We enjoyed getting to see lots of alums who are home for the holidays. Saturday and Sunday were great days to hang around the house and catch up with old friends. Sunday was the official start of the Advent Season. Advent is a special time as we “wait” for the coming of our Savior on Christmas. I like to intentionally make space during this season for resting, reading, remembering, and being focused on what Christmas is all about. Clint and I are both looking forward to tons of time with Emma and Eli. They are such precious gifts from the Lord!