{Today's Letters}

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Dear Mr. Loerke, after running errands yesterday I came home and found you doing this. Then I closed my eyes and thanked baby Jesus for allowing me to marry a Griswold. Dear Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes & Squash, you were grown by two of the most beautiful souls we know. Thank you for being a sweet reminder that soil is the most sincere connector of lives.  Dear Christmas Cards, after 8 years of marriage I finally got my shiz together and made our first family Christmas card. This compelled Tim to ride his invisible sleigh around the living room and sing, "Fra ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra." Dear Timothy James, last night you dreamt we had a baby girl who talked in full sentences at 5 months and was the color red. Last week I dreamt we had a baby boy born at 32 weeks whom I accidentally forgot at daycare because he was so small. This parenting thing is already AWESOME.

Happy Wednesday, brave ones! When do y'all typically buy / set-up your Christmas tree? If it were up to Tim he would have ours already cut and decorated!

16 comments:

Haley Reeves said...

I typically put my tree up the Saturday after Thanksgiving. But, since Thanksgiving is so stinkin' late this year, I'm pretty anxious to go get my tree, Christmas-ify my apartment, watch Christmas movies. I actually haven't had a real tree in a couple years, so I'm pretty excited for this year!

Kelsi said...

We usually wait until after Thanksgiving to put up the tree merely for the fact that my dad's birthday--often on Thanksgiving--has to be celebrated first. :) But we like to look at the whole season, Thanksgiving and Christmas, as a compact holiday time to honor Jesus and serve others and show gratitude for our blessings. It means no guilt when listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, and it gives Thanksgiving it's due diligence when the spirit of gratitude and service carries into December.

PS--You two are going to be the most adorable parents. I hope you show your Christmas card on the blog!

Heather Counsellor said...

If it were up to me, I would have mine up November 1. "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" My office has my charlie brown tree already up!

Kristina said...

Thoughtful gifts by sweet friends are the best! I grew up picking out the tree with my dad at the beginning of December and then my Mom would decorate it on the 23rd since we start celebrating on Christmas Eve. Due to living away from my family I miss out on most of the pre Christmas traditions but I always love coming home for the holidays. Best time of the year :)

Brooke Tolly said...

Hess can't wait for the holidays and what a crazy dream! Ha

the bergmans said...

I almost spit my coffee out picturing a red, five month old carrying on a conversation in full sentences. Perhaps your little will be posting on the blog by their first birthday! :) Our Christmas tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving. Can't. Wait.

Caitlin F. said...

Love that line about soil being a connector! I just recently posted a photography blog post from the local farm, with that extended quote:

“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”
- Wendell Berry

Such a good reminder :)

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

I have a strict rule: One holiday at a time.

Now. That doesn't mean you can't (a) get the holiday stuff out of storage (b) hang the lights up outside or (c) start planning your Christmas baking list. Because we've done 2 of the 3 already (no lights outside for us. Not this year, anyway).

But it does mean, none of that stuff gets put up or taken out of bags/boxes until the day after Thanksgiving.

GIVE THE TURKEY A CHANCE! (ha!)

Alysse said...

This is my husband and I's first Christmas together so we are starting new traditions! (which is so much fun) We decided to decorate the apartment on Nov. 1st and get a real Christmas tree the first weekend in December :)

Jessica Brazell said...

Back when I was in 7th grade (2003) my mom, sister, brother, and I set up our darling little Christmas tree in our dining room. And it's still standing there, decorated. :)

Now I'm married, and this will be our first Christmas together! Hubby has already said that we are not leaving it up past December ;)

Kylie said...

We decorate and put up the tree on December 1st - not a day earlier or a day later!!! in Australia we don't celebrate Thanksgiving but still Christmas is a December thing, not November. :)

Robyn said...

I'm thinking I'll start this weekend!!!

Emma Louise said...

My momma LOVES Christmas trees, so our house for the past couple of years has been like a forest of gorgeous artificial trees, with at least one in every room. Hopefully this weekend we will get them up, but we won't light or decorate them until after Thanksgiving. We typically keep them pretty plain, with just white lights for most of December. With the Christmas craziness, it's so nice to come home to a calm, peacefully decorated house. It helps us keep the true reason for the season in mind :) Can't wait to see how you decorate around the Harvest House this year!

Hillienc said...

Well, Sarah hung the stockings last night... Might just be in celebration of her Twinner coming to visit tomorrow! Looking forward to it! Can't wait to show off our new hometown

ABBY said...

hilarity. love you guys. never had a real tree or hung lights with noer, but this might be the year, after thanksgiving. grandma's mini fake tree is sweet, but it doesn't do mama's big handmade felt stockings justice.

Anonymous said...

Nothing like crazy pregnancy dream. I clearly remember the baby in the microwave one.

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