Well... it has been quite some time since my last update, hasn't it? Life just gets away from me like that sometimes. I promise you I've been loving every minute of it! There are ups and downs, but these really are the best days of my life so far. Lately I have been inundated with thoughts of Christmas. I dream about crafts and things to bake all the time. I love this time of year.
I recently had the idea to try to make a christmas tree out of mostly pine cones. I wasn't sure how it would look, but even though it's still not finished, it looks better than I thought it would! I spray painted the cones with silver paint that should be used on cars. The effect is pretty cool! I have tiny pine cones to add that I spray painted a deep red. They'll be the berries or the decorations. What do you think? It's a work in progress.
I've been learning something about gift giving lately. It seems that I have built friendships with people who are very good at this. My family has never been very "gifty," so I keep receiving all these gifts and I feel overwhelmed because I never even think that way. I used to just say "Well... that's just how my family is. I can't change it." I'm starting to change my mind. I really think I want to become better at thinking about little things to give people. Just tokens, really, to let them know I care. My friend Lyndsay recently came to my house and brought me this beautiful orchid just because! It was such a nice surprise! I absolutely love it.
Today has been so nice because I worked in the morning and I have all afternoon to do whatever I want to do. My best friend Sam is on her way now to pick me up. We are going to run some errands together and catch up. I love that girl. She seriously was one of the main reasons I even got through college. I have always admired her in so many ways. Her devotion to the Lord is greater than most anyone I know. She and I are in such different seasons of life right now, but we have such a great bond in Jesus Christ that it never makes a difference. I know she will be a friend for life. Well... time to get ready to leave! Happy fall afternoon!