Origami Owl Party

Jimmy and I welcomed 15 lovely ladies into our home for an Origami Owl jewelry party on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Our cousin (who also goes to church with us!), Katie, sells the jewelry, so it was really neat to host one big shindig for friends and family to get together and shop for jewelry.

I hadn’t heard of Origami Owl jewelry until I was gifted a necklace for mine and Jimmy’s wedding in 2014. Basically, you can design a necklace with a locket that opens, has charms inside it, as well as dangles on the outside. Since the locket opens and the charms can be taken out, the company calls it a “living locket” which is so true. There are a lot of other products, but the living lockets are the main thing the company focuses on.

An example of a necklace someone could design. I love how it says "say cheese" haha. (Source)

An example of a necklace someone could design. I love how it says “say cheese” haha. (Source)

One of the approaches that Katie takes with the charms inside her necklace is to view them as prayer reminders. I now have a few charms that remind me to pray about certain situations, people, things, etc. every time I see them.

Everyone gathered inside our little home and we had a nice time. Pittsburgh had its first snowfall of the season that evening, so it was especially cozy! Everyone took turns holding Katie’s new baby and mine and Jimmy’s new baby (Malcolm, haha).

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Malcolm loves attention.

Hannah and her friend Melissa helped Jimmy decorate the house and get everything in order while my mom and I did some cooking.

We had a big spread with pumpkin pie dip, sausage dip, a veggie tray, pumpkin spice ginger cookies, Oreo white chocolate chip cookies (Hannah baked them earlier that day and they were the star of the evening food-wise), fall trail mix, deviled eggs, apple cider, juice, and plenty of coffee.

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My sister-in-law and mother-in-law <3

My sister-in-law and mother-in-law❤

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It was one of those evenings where I’m pretty sure I fell asleep with a smile on my face. I was blessed to spend time with so many people that I cherish. We ate and laughed and cradled the sweetest baby in our arms. Lola and Malcolm were spoiled with attention, and my sweet husband helped out more than I could have asked for. He’s a keeper🙂

It was a great night!

Thanks and Giving

Thanksgiving was absolutely lovely.

A little craft I made with the kids at our church. Some of the things I'm thankful for :)

A little craft I made with the kids at our church. Some of the things I’m thankful for🙂

This special holiday always has me reflecting on God’s blessings in my life. To have a roof over my head, abundant food, clean water, electricity, a wonderful husband, a healthy family, a job, a vehicle, and so much more is crazy to think about. I have all I could ever need. 

On top of my basic needs, God has blessed me with much, much more. This Thanksgiving was extra special for my family for some personal reasons, so I just want to acknowledge how good God has been to us. He answers prayers in amazing ways. He goes above and beyond.

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Jimmy and I celebrated Thanksgiving at my parents’ house with my mom, dad, Hannah, and all of our pups. We ate, laughed, prayed, and relaxed. It was a great day.

I also had to pet sit, so that was done before and after visiting my parents. It’s tempting to resent working on holidays, but that’s just when pet sitting is the busiest. I’m thankful for the extra work and the opportunity to contribute financially to our little family in a way that I so enjoy.

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After eating, my mom convinced me to go Black Friday shopping with her, even though it was still Thursday. It was my first true experience with the craziness that is Black Friday. I went not to buy anything, but to spend time with my mom. We had fun, and it wasn’t too wacko out and about.

This time of year reminds me not only to be thankful, but to give. To give of myself, my time, money, love, and more. However I can help others, really. Here’s to having an attitude of thanks and giving the whole year round.

I hope all who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day spent with loved ones!