Life Lately Volume 10 November 2018

November was a big month in the life of Simple Purposeful Living.  We launched our first line of products!  Because of all of you, it has been a huge success and I am so grateful for each and every one of you for purchasing and gifting simple & purposeful living.  I can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring but right now, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.  My pint-size shipping department is busily fulfilling all of the orders and we are ahead of schedule!

Before we dive into December and all that the holiday season brings, I thought I would share what we were up to in November.  On a personal note, it was much more low key.  We had several weekends to just hang out at home as a family which paired nicely with a busy season for Simple Purposeful Living!

I am not great about celebrating and am always looking to the next goals but I am really trying to be purposeful about celebrating in simple ways along the way.  So, we celebrated launch day with a celebratory lunch at Panera with Scott and Lucy while the big kids were at school!  Lucy loves that we have similar jackets!

We had our neighbors over one evening for s’mores before the cold set in and we all officially hibernate for the winter.  We provided the fixings and everyone brought their own drinks.  The kids played glow-in-the-dark capture the flag, it was a huge hit. You can find it here.  All the adults brought their chairs and chatted around the campfire.

Vera and I went with my mother-in-law to a shopping pop-up at our local events center.  We each made an ornament at the AR Workshop booth.  Now, we all want to go in for a class.  It was so fun and simple ;).  Have you been to a class?

One day after church, we went to McAlister’s and then went shopping for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  This day is one of my favorites all year long and this year didn’t disappoint.  Lucy walked around picking stuff out and saying, “I think my friend will like this.”  We came home and packed them all up.  They each chose a child their same age and gender.  Read more about our experience with Operation Christmas Child in this post.

We got a head-start on our Christmas movies this month and enjoyed several carpet picnics and snack tray dinners.  I just gather up snack-type food like salami, pepperoni, cheese, crackers, trail mix, fruits and veggies and then we eat on a picnic blanket in the family room while we watch a movie.  It’s a favorite of ours.  We have been doing it on Sunday evenings!  A perfect way to end the weekend!

We celebrated Orphan Awareness month and world adoption day this month.  We shared our adoption story with our church family.  It was good to relive how God has been faithful to get us to this point as we wait in the unknown.  We know God is working behind the scenes to bring our son home.  You can also read my latest post for the Des Moines Moms Blog, I answered 7 of the most frequently asked questions we get asked about our adoption.  Read it here.

We had a free weekend the weekend before Thanksgiving so we took the opportunity to deck our halls!  I love putting up our Christmas tree and reminiscing as the kids put up the ornaments.  Each year my mom gifts them an ornament based on their interests.  We also get an ornament every place to travel to and there are lots of other ornaments to mark special moments in our lives.  Every time I look at the tree, I think of how full our life is and how much we have to be thankful for.  I think that’s a good way to kick off Thanksgiving week ;)!

This year we celebrated with my husband’s side of the family and since my in-laws live in town we didn’t have to travel.  My brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and niece came from Arkansas, as well as Scott’s 98-year-old Grandma!  The weather on Thanksgiving was beautiful and in the mid-50’s so we went outside to get some pictures, take a walk, play tag and a game of football.

Then, Scott’s Grandma gifted each of the girls a doll blanket with quilted squares her mom had made and my mother-in-law sewed together.  What a sweet heirloom gift.

On Friday, we kicked off Christmas with a trip to see Santa.  Lucy is still not a big fan but she did tell him she wanted puzzles for Christmas and there were no tears so I say we are moving in the right direction even if her belly is showing because she was trying to make a fast break on out of there.  Vera asked for a new bike and Solon asked for Lego roads for his city!

We did a little bit of Black Friday shopping, went out to lunch and then made a gingerbread house and played games.  We played Imagine If, Labyrinth and Chinese Checkers.  Then, we went to our house for dinner and games.

Saturday, Solon had a basketball tournament so the girls hung out at Nana’s and then we all met up to see the new Grinch movie.  It was cute.

We finished November off packing some of your orders.  We are working hard to get them all out this door by early next week!

We had a great and low-key November full of lots of family time, cuddling, and hanging out together.  This year, I purposefully marked out a few dates, said no a few times, and didn’t plan our weekends to the max so we could enjoy some more snuggle time.  I am looking forward to cherishing this season with my favorite people.


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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