did you feel it?

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

psalm 19.1


i clearly need to reconcile my stance on things.

i tell ya’ll i want to keep things simple yet why is it that right after halloween. and by right after halloween i mean the very next day. like november 1 rolls around and all of a sudden i’m almost, dare i say, frantic about being ready for christmas. did you feel it too?

what is wrong with me?
it’s like we throw out the carved pumpkin and log in to find pinterest is nothing if not a winter wonderland reminding me that it’s only a few weeks away. and by ready, i mean in my spirit and my family room. like all of it. i want a peaceful spirit, an expectant heart and a minimally yet intentionally decorated home. are you with me?

now do not get me wrong, not even for a moment. the last thing i want to do is hustle bustle away the season. herein lies the problem and the reason for the tension within me. i want to enjoy the entire season of being thankful….i do not dare want to rush through november but ya’ll, why can’t there be just a smidge more time. the calender leaves me no other choice but feel a tad rushed. just a tad.

and let’s not even talk about the fact that for a photographer and a noonday ambassador, october and november are the april for tax accountants. like hello. meanwhile i will rise up and call blessed my friends who just so happened to post a full flippin month of recipes that i have bookmarked!  i’ll tell you that i did not hang my head in shame while i threw, not one but three, frozen chicken pot pies ( from trader joes, which carries a level of redemption does it not) in the oven, sliced some fruit and called it dinner.  i even went so far as to share the fact that when i head out again in a couple weeks that they might just see these little yummy pies again. yes my friends, that is the reality of this month.

i’m really on a roll. get a load of this. i reminded dan that just last year i was quite successful in my victory, also known as the  thanksgiving turkey, so how ’bout this year we head to my folks  & i’ll bring the sweet tea & rolls. taking one for the team, he graciously took me off the hook. i mean i’ve already proven myself. are you still with me?

this could be the reason i’ll never be a star blogger. foodies. that’s where’s it’s at.

anyways. i absolutely love the splendor of fall. the golden leaves & the breeze. and i pray i never cease to be amazed by november.  and i’ll let you in on another little secret– it truly brings me much peace to listen to the casting crowns station on pandora. you have no idea.


one last glimpse of fall around our home. i have the reputation of never turning on the heater/having windows open even in the dead of winter because i love fresh air/and freezing my family….so, after i pulled the aforementioned glorified frozen dinners from the oven…this is what i found. true story.


November 5, 2013 - 8:39 am

PamB - So enjoy your writings and have for many months. The bottom picture reminds me of when my kids were home….oh where does time go?

November 5, 2013 - 9:07 am

Lori H - Every year I make it my goal to get as far as I can into November before turning on the heat (and we are a little north of you here in Richmond, VA!). Most years the family complains so much that I end up giving in. I had high hopes for this year as both my kids are in college, but I ended up turning it on at the end of October for the sake of our 9-year-old Westie who has arthritis 🙂
Christmas is going to really jump out at us this year as Thanksgiving is so late. I am not ready!

November 5, 2013 - 9:50 am

Andrea - That made me laugh right out loud. Your husband is truly a easy going man. I live in MI and come November my husband is constantly walking by to peek at the thermostat to make I didn’t turn it down. I am having hot flashes and don’t like to spend any more money on heating then we have to.

November 5, 2013 - 10:40 am

D'Nese - That last picture cracked me up. Love it.

I agree that November just seems to fly by. I can hardly believe that it’s the 5th already. I want time to slow down a bit. Halloween came and went and now here we are with Thanksgiving just a few weeks away and I’ve yet to really sit down and ENJOY all things fall. I’m making it my mission to relax this weekend and just take it all in. Life is far too fast these days.

Have a blessed day and I can’t wait to see your home all decorated for Christmas. See, I’m already looking ahead after just saying I need to slow it down. You catch my drift though, right?

November 5, 2013 - 2:48 pm

tara - turn that heat on, friend! 🙂
we keep ours on 70, for the most part, but I for sure turn it on as soon as we hit 45 degrees at night.

as for meals?
I’ll check back in at the end of the month and see how well I actually do at sticking to the plan…so far so good, but we’re only 6-7 days into the month. 🙂

November 5, 2013 - 3:31 pm

carol jane - Beautiful fall photos. All you girls are adorable! Love your blog too!!!!

November 5, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Juliette Mariano-Carlson - I enjoy reading your blogs. I appreciate your honesty and down to earthness. Thank you for sharing your Pandora music. I just went to Pandora to listen to Casting Crowns…very nice.

November 5, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Sandy - I have the windows open today too and always sleep with one or two open. Think maybe it is a holdover from the cold air dorm in the sorority house. Just can’t sleep without some fresh air.

November 5, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Callie Moon - I feel it coming and know exactly what you mean. I want to wrap up all my projects, get all the running around done, so I can truly soak up thee spirit of the season.

November 5, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Natalie - This is so totally me right now! I am so ready to put up Christmas decorations, listen to Michael Buble sing “O Holy Night”, make cinnamon applesauce ornaments with my girl… cannot wait! But I do wish there was more time in this season to cherish the important things in life. Thank you for this post! Love it!

November 5, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Heidi @ Decor & More - Ah, Paige, I’m feeling your pain! I love Christmas and all the preparation, celebration and time with my peeps, but I so enjoy fall and November. Praying ki can stay in the moments of gratitude and thanksgiving without running ahead too much.
Xo Heidi

November 5, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Dina - I so needed to hear this!! I have been feeling this way for the last couple of days! I don’t want to rush through November. Thanks for the reminder and the sweet pics!!

November 5, 2013 - 10:55 pm

Peggy - Oh Paige,

I was laughing so hard that tears are running down my checks and my nose is running… okay maybe the nose is due to the hot & sour soup but the tears are DEFINITELY from laughing!! I totally get where you are coming from because I find myself there far too often. This year it is a little slower so far and I am praying it stays that way. I want to enjoy this season of thanksgiving! but man do I ever want to start in with the Christmas decor too… oh I’m so conflicted! ha ha!
About the heat… I actually turned ours on the other day when it was 55 inside the house. I knew my sweet hubby and the guys would mutiny if they came in the house with it so cold. We have pulled the throws and possibly a quilt or two out so that they don’t freeze while I bask in the glorious cooler temps! 🙂
Love ya, girl! Praying for you daily!!

November 15, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Alecia - That last picture is HILARIOUS!!! I’d really love to pick your brain on how you manage your time…I’m getting more & more photo shoots on the books, I work full time, I’m involved in church activities and of course friends & family…man, that list just stressed me out…most importantly…I need time for Jesus & me (spiritually & physically)How DO you do it?!?!