Previously, I had envisioned having a wonderful locally grown, farm-to-table dinner with my family, cozied up around a candlelit table at Frog's Leap Public House in Waynesville, NC. Instead, our staycation "special" family dinner turned into a trip to the local hibachi restaurant. Ha! We had not been to one of these in ages and it solidly met our expectations, flaming onion volcano and all. :)
watch it and be encouraged by the love and grace that radiates from our friends who are faithfully honoring God's plan for their life even amidst unthinkable pain and suffering.
*For the past few weeks, cooking meals had really lost it's luster for me. Dinner preparation had become just a stressful item on my to-do list whereas in the past, I really have enjoyed it and found cooking therapeutic. On Sunday I decided to go all out - with no agenda or deadline or expectation, and cook simply for the enjoyment of it. I made breakfast for the family (which I never do!) that included a gluten-free, dairy-free healthy breakfast casserole, hash browns, and I even went wild and bought Udi's gluten/dairy/soy/nut free cinnamon rolls for the occasion. :)
Allie also experienced her first high school football game. At first she was reluctant to go, but we knew she would love it and sure enough, we all had a fun time cheering on the Wildcats in the Homecoming game!
Thanks to a gift card burning a hole in our pocket, Zach and I enjoyed a lovely date night at one of our favorite fine dining restaurants, 4th & Swift. I seriously love sitting across the table from this guy day after day. It never gets old.
Ponce City Market is unlike any place in Atlanta and it is so inspiring to me. I love the story and all the vendors, retailers, and restauranteurs dedicated to making this place magical.
After lunch in Flat Rock, we ventured out into the foggy orchard.
Reunited, and it feels oh so good!
On October 12th, I took Allie for a girls night out. She has been working SO HARD at school and I knew we just needed some fun time together. The evening started with dinner at the lovely Cafe Intermezzo, a Venetian cafe in Midtown.
Since Cafe Intermezzo is known for their dessert and coffee, we kept things light for dinner. Allie had a breakfast panini and I had the lox flatbread.
Allie naturally chose the richest, chocolatey-est dessert she could find - devil's food cheesecake.
Afterwards we headed to Buckhead to attend the monthly women's night at Passion City Church called The Grove.
Worship was led by Melodie Malone and Kristian Stanfill. The music was beautiful and featured a violinist and upright base.
So much so, that I immediately ordered her latest book (Restless) and began reading it- on the most perfect fall day I might add, when the sky was the iciest blue and crunchy leaves were falling all around me. #swoon
In mid-October, Allie had her first local visit with her mom. While they were off camping, Zach and I celebrated our friends Tina and Zane and their baby boy Cash, due early December. I put together another one of my baby shower baskets, but this time with gifts for not just momma, but dad and baby too.
In other news, Allie had her first school chorus concert on Oct 22!
Obligatory post-concert pics, with dad...
With my mom...
We also celebrated my mom's 60th birthday this month. She came on a solo visit since my dad had to work back home. For her actual birthday she enjoyed a birthday brunch with Z, time hanging out with my MIL, and a family dinner at Cheesecake Factory.
After the party, we re-purposed all the eucalyptus table decor into a garland for my mantle. I love it! I just wish it would stay fresh longer!
After church the following Sunday, my MIL had us over for lunch before mom's flight home. A few family pics before heading to the airport!
Al with two of her grandmothers,
And today, Allie sang "Good, Good, Father" with Zach during Sunday services. This was her first time singing at Perimeter and leading a few thousand people in worship. I would be absolutely terrified to do this, but this 14 yr old girl has so much composure and confidence and well, the best Dad ever by her side so I guess that helps! We are so happy she is using her gifts to glorify God. What more can a parent ask for?
Jesus Storybook Bible and Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing. I know what you might be thinking..."That Bible is for babies! Or at most, little kids.." but it really is for EVERYONE. If you are unfamiliar with the Bible - no matter your age, I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy and read it. It gives a simple explanation of the Bible and is very easy to understand the purpose of the stories that fill its pages. All three of us have loved doing this and just, consistently reminding ourselves of the love of our Heavenly Father and all he has done for us. If you are in a season that feels consumed with discouragement, hopelessness, anxiety, or fear, I encourage you to pick up these books and fill your heart with the love, hope, and peace God intends for you to have! It is a treasure far beyond any person, place, or thing and BONUS, it's free!