Chatting Over Chocolate

Friday, November 17, 2017

Let's Chat! // Catching Up and Future Post Plans

Hello, friends!  I hope you are doing well!  I've missed you all during this hiatus!  While I've been away from my corner of the blogosphere and social media longer than originally anticipated, it has been for good reason.  I thought I'd take a moment this morning to fill you in on what's been happening here and also share my blogging plans going forward.  

If it were possible I'd pass you a slice of scrumptious chocolate cake to enjoy while we chat!  Instead, we'll just have to enjoy a sweet, calorie free conversation. ;)

This fall has been filled with milestones for my family.  The season began with a birthday that ushered me into the last year of my thirties and progressed on to the birthday that brought Little One into her teens! (The latter of which I'm surprisingly more in denial about!)  Earlier this week Jason and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary!  He is such an incredibly wonderful, amazingly patient, abundantly kind, supportive and loving husband and father to our girls.  As we move towards the two decade mark my heart overflows with joy and gratitude!  Speaking of gratitude, Thanksgiving will find us at Walt Disney World! While there we'll be celebrating our firstborn's Sweet 16! The combination of these exciting milestones has brought into perspective how quickly life passes and the brevity of this season of life in which my precious girls are in my care.  While I fully anticipate continuing to share with you all here, the hobby of blogging has taken a backseat to soaking up the splendor of everyday life with my family.

I do look forward to setting aside time in the months to come to both preserve and share with you here!  New installations to my Trip Report Tuesday series will be up early in the new year, beginning with our holiday trip to Disney World.  Those will be followed with fresh new editions throughout 2018 as a big Disney dream has come true for this Midwestern girl; we have become Walt Disney World Annual Passholders!  We have plans in the works for three magical vacations within the next twelve months, the details of which I'm giddy to share more about soon!

Meanwhile, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all the loveliest start to the holiday season!  To my readers here in the states, Happy Thanksgiving!  May your hearts be even more full than your tummies!  As we all prepare for dashing through the snow, or at least flipping the calendar over to the most wonderful time of the year, I pray you'll fix your thoughts on the true meaning of Christmas.  We're living in a time when chaos seemingly abounds.  You can't flip on the news without hearing a heart wrenching story these days.  Yet, I long to impress upon you today that although we can't be certain of what tomorrow holds, we can be sure of where we'll spend the eternity that follows.  When the fallenness of humanity is blaring in every headline you see, know that there was One who unlike all others who have walked this earth, loved purely, lived sinlessly, and then selflessly sacrificed Himself for our salvation.  When carols are sung of the Savior's birth, know that it's not your ordinary holiday tale to encourage us to do good and make it on a "nice list".  On the contrary, because none of us is capable of living a sinless life, God provided a way, not for us to be "good", but rather, forgiven.  God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to miraculously be born of a virgin.  Although Christ was fully God, He willingly humbled Himself to be born a babe in a lowly manger.  Being God, He alone could live a completely pure and sinless life.  None of us are capable of perfectly keeping God's Laws, the 10 Commandments.  A lie, using God's name as a curse word, looking with lust, each of these are an offense to the Holy God who created us in His own image.  Yet, Jesus Christ, being fully God and living fully as man, could and did keep God's Law perfectly.  He then willingly died on the cross, baring the sins of all mankind.  If we humble ourselves, repent (apologize and turn from) our sins, and trust in Him for our salvation (rather than trying to merit God's favor with our "goodness") the price He paid for us will essentially be credited to our account.  Then, we draw our last breath, whether it's taken tragically or from a warm bed in our old age, we will stand before God pardoned solely because of what He has done on our behalf and given freely to all He place their trust in Him.  There's no better gift at Christmastime or any time of year, and there's no greater hope we can have in the midst of this world! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  To those who have reached out to me inquiring about my return or sending well wishes, there aren't words to express how much that means to me!  I hope this has answered some questions, given fellow Disney fans some pixie dusted posts to anticipate, and has encouraged anyone downcast over current events to turn to the only One who can truly and freely give you lasting peace.

Until We Chat Again, 
Happy Holidays!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Signing Out for Summer

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope the first official week of the summer season has been a lovely one for you and yours.  I've spent a lot of mine thinking about how I only have a handful of summers left with my girls in my care, how much of life these days is spent lit by the glow of a screen, and pondering what I'll value a decade from now.  

When my girls are grown I'm certain I won't wish I'd spent more time blogging or scrolling Instagram.  On that note, I've decided to simply sign out for summer.  This isn't goodbye forever.  It's simply time for a good old fashioned summer break, the kind I enjoyed back in the day with more sunshine than screen time! 

While I may have withdrawals for a bit, I'm honestly pretty giddy about signing out of my addiction beloved app, Instagram, as well.  It's a new day, and I'm putting my phone away.  I can hardly wait for a refreshing change of pace.  A simpler summer awaits!  

However you choose to spend the time you're given this season, I hope it's sensational, friends!  Don't forget to look up.  Love those you're blessed to call your own.  As long as there is breath in your lungs be sure to hold your family and friends closer than your phone. ;)

Hope to see you back here when I return this fall!  
Meanwhile, much love to y'all!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday // 104 Days of Summer Vacation!

104 Days of Summer Vacation!
Originally shared here on May 20, 2013

Phineas and Ferb aren't the only kids looking for Summer fun! Banish "I'm bored" those two dreaded words at your house this Summer with today's Magical Monday project!  Soon you'll hear, "Hey, Ferb (insert your child's name here)!  I know what we're gonna do today!"  104 ideas for Summer Vacation straight ahead...