Christmas Trees & Mashed Potatoes


I grew up around the original Christmas Tree Shops, and so I’m thrilled to finally have one near me in SC!! It feels like a little piece of “home” to me. And if you’ve ever been, you can understand why I’ve missed them. Besides… don’t you just love a bargain? 🙂


Noteworthy finds from around the web:

(in)courage community groups

Are you in need of community? Are you desperate to find other women in the same season of life? Have you been praying for opportunities to encourage and build up other women by sharing from your own experiences? Then these groups are for you. There’s 16 different categories, many with more than 1 group per category, to choose from. Personally, I’m thrilled that they included one for chronic illness! So take a look – take a chance – and join one of the groups. Seize this opportunity to meet other women who can relate to whatever you’re living through.


5 Ways to Love from Afar from (in)courage

I love this post. My health problems keep me home most of the time – and I rarely see friends who live in my area. So instead, I’ve turned to the web to find new friendships, and been overwhelmed with some amazing women. This offers some very practical and thoughtful ways to continue building those friendships.


Recipe Swap: Soups from Life as Mom

It’s soup season! Even down here in South Carolina, where it’s still getting up in the 80’s most days, it’s finally starting to look like fall. And that means it’s time for chili and soup in the crockpot! And this week’s recipe swap is a great place to find new soup inspiration!


Mashed Potatoes: A Little Brother Story by Graham Koens

This is a kids book written by a friend of mine and her husband. I bought it out of curiosity (nope, no kids yet) and loved it. It’s cute, funny, and best of all it teaches a good lesson about self-control. The illustrations are great too. Read more about the book and its authors on their website.

Mashed Potatoes: A Little Brother  Story


And I hope you’re enjoying the guest post series so far!! Choosing joy and finding rest through painful circumstances… those are things we all probably need to work on, right? And stay tuned — there’s more great posts coming!


Some things I’m thankful for this week:

  • coffee, of course! 😉
  • hot apple cider
  • fun new places for lunch
  • learning to wait on God’s perfect timing
  • catching up with old friends
  • the best husband ever!!
  • good book recommendations
  • conviction from the Holy Spirit
  • God’s amazing grace toward a sinner like me
  • being able to comfort others “with the same comfort with which [I myself am] comforted by God”

What are YOU thankful for this week?


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5 thoughts on “Christmas Trees & Mashed Potatoes

  1. Thanks for the shout-out!! Much appreciated. 🙂 Glad you liked the book – that’s always nice to hear! Also…AH, the Christmas Tree shops!! The one on Rt. 1 is my favorite (and the first one we ever went to). I still remember walking in for the first time – and I still have some fall mugs that I picked up on that first shopping trip (fall of ’99). Good, happy memories. 🙂

    1. Well, if you ever stop in Greenville, not only will we have DD’s coffee but we can stop by the store as well! 🙂

      1. YES! 😀

  2. I’ve never been to a Christmas Tree Shop, but a new one just opened up recently. Maybe I’ll go check it out!

    1. They have fun stuff and good prices! If you make it there, let me know what you think 🙂

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