High Five for Friday (11/29)

Hi y’all!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This post is going up late because on Friday we were driving back to NC from FL and yesterday we had Thanksgiving dinner with Matt’s side of the family here in Cary. Here are a few highlights from our trip and this weekend –

ONE. On Saturday, I got to go to Emily Freeman‘s event At The Barn right outside Winston-Salem. I was so nervous and so excited at the same time; I didn’t really know what to expect but it was absolutely amazing. I got to meet not only Emily and her husband and mother, but the amazing ladies at our table whose graciousness blew me away. Emily and her family spoke life-giving truth about how we are all artists that reflect the creativity of our Creator. My biggest takeaway was something that Emily said during the question and answer section – “It can be so intimidating to think that there is one great thing that we were made to do. That’s just not true. There is one great God that we serve and we were made to glorify Him in a million little ways.” That is so freeing and challenging and encouraging all at the same time! I’m still reading over the notes that I took and processing everything but I am thankful for what God is teaching me about His purposes for my life. Oh, and my new friend Rachel wrote about the event and put more beautiful words to it than I could.

TWO. Our drive to FL was 9 hours each way but I’m thankful that it was safe, uneventful, and fun. I love riding in the car with Matt – we dream together about the future, make plans for the weeks and months ahead, and just laugh and enjoy each other’s company. He makes the 9 hour drive go fast! On our way home he even asked me out on a date, so instead of grabbing fast food and trying to get home quickly, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel and had a nice, quiet, dinner.

THREE. Our whole time in FL was just precious – we got to spend lots of time with family and my grandparents even came over and spent a few days as well! We had Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt’s house with one of my cousins and her kids so it was a fun, lively dinner. We pulled out home movies and laughed until we cried! It was a very special and beautiful time. Before Thanksgiving dinner we went outside in hopes of seeing a shuttle launch but it was cancelled. At least we had time to snap a few good pictures!

Bekah and Me

Me and Matt

FOUR. While we were in FL, “the guys” (my brother, brother-in-law and husband) often made their way outside to play games since the weather was amazing. They played a soccer-like game and frisbee golf before playing a variation of KanJam that they named “Bin Jam.” Each player tries to throw the frisbee into a recycling bin and their teammate stationed next to the bin can help by knocking the frisbee into the bin. We all played – even my Dad! šŸ™‚ We’re already talking about a Bin Jam tournament at New Year’s!

Bin Jam

FIVE. Our dinner with Matt’s family on Saturday was delicious and elegant. Matt’s Mom is a cooking queen!

Thankgiving dinner

Thankgiving dinner

Thankgiving dinner


Bonus picture just for fun – Trixie asleep on the chair at Matt’s parents’ house –

Trixie sleeping


Are y’all feeling like it’s Christmas time now? I’m looking forward to decorating this week before we get our tree next weekend. šŸ™‚

Iā€™m linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday and with Diary of a Real Housewife for Friday Favorites. You can see my other Friday posts here.

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  • Stacy

    Super sweet! Glad you had a great Thanksgiving and time with both sides of the family! And the part about going to hang out with Emily Freeman… how awesome! I clicked on your link to read about your new friend Rachel, and then realized that she’s from Journey!! Ha! What a small world. šŸ™‚ Love you friend!

    • Helen Archer

      I miss you, Stacy! šŸ™‚ You would have loved the Emily Freeman event! Love you too!