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Nov 3, 2020

Starting November with a Grateful Heart

november is off to a pretty good start, in my opinion.  a crazy one, but a good one nonetheless.

on thursday, i decided to hop on a plane and head to boston to surprise aj for the weekend.  it had been a rough couple of weeks for both of us (me feeling sick, him going through midterms), and i felt like we just needed a few days together.  he is basically impossible to surprise, so i was extremely proud when he kept saying "i'm just so happy you're here!" all weekend.

but because i decided to go last minute, i flew standby on a buddy pass (yay for having a dad who works for an airline!).  while i'm extremely grateful that i had the opportunity to go for the weekend, it was also just stressful getting home.  i went to the airport yesterday to catch my scheduled 1:30 flight, but because of wind and snow (yes, snow!), flights were delayed and cancelled and i just didn't get on one.  so i got one more night in boston, and then woke up at 3 am to catch a 5:30 flight this morning (which, thankfully, i got the very last seat on!).  and then i drove the hour and a half straight to work and sat in a meeting for three hours.  so good, but crazy!

and because it's grateful heart monday, i'm (of course) linking up with ember grey and talking about a few things i'm grateful for.  besides jesus orchestrating my travel plans and getting me on that flight this morning so i could still make it to work, and besides having  few really good days in boston, here are a few other things that i'm grateful for!

having a really flexible job and bosses who don't mind me making travel plans on a whim
fall and everything about it
a few colder weather days (though i'm sure in two months i will not be grateful for these!)
french toast casserole
dark red nail polish (i'm addicted to this color this season)
coffee...so much coffee today
big milestones being met with a project at church
looking forward to meeting with the peony project core team tonight to cast some vision for this community!

i hope you'll stop by tomorrow...we're kicking off the first ever peony project monthly link-up!  november's prompt is:  community.  we'd love to have you join in with us...write a post, take a photo, or do whatever it is that represents and explains what community looks like and means to you!  you'll be able to link up right here tomorrow!  and if you're not a member of the peony project yet, what are you waiting for?  click here to read more and join us!

what are you grateful for today?


  1. Wow, what an exciting weekend! That is so sweet. :) I know the stress that goes along with flying standby. My husband and I used standby tickets to go to Europe. It was a mess! Glad you were able to make it to work on time!

    And what is this french toast casserole you speak of?? That sounds amazing!

  2. Happy to hear that you had a great weekend together. Love your Monday posts...there's always so much gratitude!

  3. So glad you got home a-ok and that you got to spend much needed time with your man! So grateful for you and the other Peony Project core gals!

  4. sounds so much fun. sonds like you had a great weekend.

  5. I think that's awesome that you took the initiative to surprise your man!

  6. What a great weekend! It neat you were able to jump on a plane to visit aj for the weekend and than still make it back in time for work. What is french toast casserole? sounds like it would be good.

  7. awww!!! I have the biggest smile on my face! I love that you surprised him!! And it's so romantic! I'm excited to hear about new plans for Peony, Bets! :) Thanks so much for linking up... I hope you're finding some rest this week! xo

  8. Such a lovely thing to do for AJ :) I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend (even if the trip home was rough) ps french toast casserole is deadly!!!

  9. My now-husband visited me spontaneously when I still lived in New York. He couldn't surprise me since I was working as a live-in au pair, which meant he had to confirm I wasn't baby-sitting that weekend. Still, I definitely grinned all weekend. He bought at ticket that Friday, left work early, drove straight to the airport, and showed up late Friday night with nothing but the clothes on his back!


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