The beautifully designed Advent devotional by the Austin Stone—and when I say beautifully designed I'm not just talking about how visually beautiful it is but how solid and good the content within the pages are—includes recipes! 

My small group decided to cook one of the meals together for our last get together before the Christmas break. We spent the evening cooking, eating, sipping cider, praying and reflecting on the past semester and dreaming for what's next in spring. 

I am so grateful for these past few months and getting to see these gals regularly and run after Jesus together. 

Apple slices and radishes in the spinach salad plus a peak at the design (love this Advent book)

Apple slices and radishes in the spinach salad plus a peak at the design (love this Advent book)

Sweet potatoes sautéed in bacon

Sweet potatoes sautéed in bacon

Rosemary and lemon chicken 

Rosemary and lemon chicken 



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Story coming soon. A few photos here on my sister's blog and a whole album on Facebook (thanks Benry for blessing us with these photos and the funny captions). 

rose gold and champagne diamond. be still my heart! Love my fiancé! 

rose gold and champagne diamond. be still my heart! Love my fiancé! 

photo by my rockin roommate Holly, hire her for your photography needs here

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“But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, "Courage, dear heart," and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.” –C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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Today I'm grateful for the twinkle of the season. Oh, and homemade marshmallows in cocoa. 

Lights at Contigo where a group of us celebrated Melissa's 25th birthday. Contigo is another happy place. I have a lot of good memories here. 

Lights at Contigo where a group of us celebrated Melissa's 25th birthday. Contigo is another happy place. I have a lot of good memories here. 

Wrapped some twinkle around a previously naked garland that's draped around a mirror in our living room

Wrapped some twinkle around a previously naked garland that's draped around a mirror in our living room

Friday night date night with Peter in Georgetown for the town's Christmas Stroll. I love Georgetown's square.  

Friday night date night with Peter in Georgetown for the town's Christmas Stroll. I love Georgetown's square.  

Last night I reaped the benefits of Layne's upcoming post for Oh Dandelion's blog! It will feature these homemade peppermint marshmallows. You can get your hands on these festive mugs here in her shop.

Last night I reaped the benefits of Layne's upcoming post for Oh Dandelion's blog! It will feature these homemade peppermint marshmallows. You can get your hands on these festive mugs here in her shop.

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That moment when you're in the zone praying and reading, and suddenly one of your friends walks over with a lit candle and quietly puts it on the table and walks away. 

Thanks Joy for this on Saturday. I felt so known and loved in that moment. 

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Conglomerate: 

Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky.
— Dr. Seuss
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.
— 1 Timothy 6:6-7
You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,” said Aslan. “And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.
— C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia)


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A visit to the Riedel house usually means a few things: homemade dinner, breakfast tacos the next morning, some time in front of the TV, and a board game: 

boardforbiddenisland.jpg

During the break last week, Peter and I went over for pasta and salad (brussel sprouts, my fave!) and after an episode of Walking Dead (we all love this show), James (with Rose in a carrier on his stomach), Peter and I played Forbidden Island while Kae took a nap. 

Modern day hanging out consists of sitting in a circle with everyone on their iPhones, so it's always nice to get away from the screen. I'm not very competitive so in general I don't really like games, but I liked this game because everyone is on the same team. Peter was a little bummed when we lost because it came down to one move (we were so close!).  

Happy Friday! If you were tracking, apologies for the lack of post this week. I was swamped Wednesday/Thursday morning during my usual check-email-write-blog-post-ease-into-the-day-morning-routine. 

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Growing up we had a fake tree so I was pretty excited when roommate Holls and I decided to get a real one for our little abode. It was such a hilarious, fun ordeal last night; I'm sold on real trees from here on out. 

Our haul included mac&cheese (duh) and a wreath

Our haul included mac&cheese (duh) and a wreath

So... our tree is crooked... what can you expect from Walmart? (or us gals who accidentally picked a tree with a curved stump..oops). We like him nonetheless :) He's got personality. 

So... our tree is crooked... what can you expect from Walmart? (or us gals who accidentally picked a tree with a curved stump..oops). We like him nonetheless :) He's got personality. 

Speaking of trees from Walmart. Here's an insta shot from Betho of an evening last week spent at my friend Eric's new place. He lives walking distance from a Walmart, so a group of us made a little trek there for dessert and came back with a tree. Such a fun night after a very filling meal of hot pot! 

Friendsgiving <3 

Friendsgiving <3 

In conclusion, get your tree from Walmart ;) it's a good place to make memories. 

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One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is running the Thundercloud Turkey Trot with some of my fave ladies. 

2010 / Polaroid love

2010 / Polaroid love

Lifers Em, Jenn, Betho and I started this tradition in college in 2010. Meaning this year was our 5th year running together. Each year is a little bit different, occasionally one gal will be missing or others will join us. 

I love running through the city, bumping into people we know, seeing all the costumes (lots of Turkey hats and colorful socks), and dogs and kids. There's just a great communal energy the morning of Thanksgiving and I love how the race ends at the Long Center with music, food, and the view of the city we call home. 

At the start, missing Jenn in Thailand (we were texting her before and after!)

At the start, missing Jenn in Thailand (we were texting her before and after!)

Done! 

Done! 

So thankful for traditions. 

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