Hello, friends and welcome to Sunday Mornings at Home.
Yes, for this month, Sunday Mornings at Home will begin with my Christmas mugs.
I have a fun selection which is mostly thrifted over the years from Goodwill San Antonio.
Sunday mornings at home is when I share ideas and what has been on my mind this past week…and looking ahead.
You can see that I have decorated my home for Christmas and I will be sharing more decoration with you on Thursday.
Now, get your own mug of joy and let’s sit down for a Sunday Mornings at home talk.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: PRACTICING PRESENCE
I want to begin with a cup of cocoa…I actually made one this week and sat down for a few moments in front of the family room Christmas tree.
I cannot even begin to think if I have ever done that in the middle of the day. Quite reflective moments are most often how I begin my day in the mornings.
This is what got me to thinking about being in the each moment more…practicing presence.
December 2022 has to be about slowing down for me since I am still in recovery from being sick….but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Slowing down from the excessive activities I usually have happening this time of year places me where I can actually practice presence.
I was pondering this change when I picked up the new Magnolia Journal…and this is the theme for the whole magazine this month.
Joanna Gaines writes, “It’s this time of year when I crave the practice of active stillness the most.”
I love that phrase…active stillness…that makes practicing presence purposeful intention.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: APPRECIATING AUTUMN
Autumn finally arrived last week in San Antonio….with all of its glorious beauty.
I watched many hustle and bustlers walk right by it, but I took the time to stop and appreciate it in each window of my home or while walking Tux in the neighborhood.
These leaves come and go so quickly that it requires some purposeful intention to practice presence and be in the moment with nature and the Creator of it all.
The half moon window is in my master bath and one of the reasons I love that window is I can watch the seasons change through it.
Oh, by the way, my hot chocolate was so easy and so good….we have a brand of dairy sold here called Promise Land.
On the stove, I put a cup of Promise Land Chocolate Milk, and tossed in a tablespoon of white chocolate chips and stirred until they melted.
Then I had a little whipped cream in the refrigerator so I tossed a smidgeon on top.
Mr. B is really the one who drinks cups of milk and chocolate milk and he prefers Promise Land.
This moment was a rare time when I just enjoyed what was in my hand and did not worry about the calories or sugar….I just enjoyed it.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: PRACTICING PRESENCE IMAGES
When I move slower and with intention to appreciate, then I see things I might rush right by.
When downtown this past week with Leigh Ann, we walked through a little coffee shop and I just had to shoot these candy canes.
To me it was a quintessential holiday moment that offered a warm and fuzzy feeling just from the image.
This made me smile and we should all take time for what makes us smile.
I did not purchase candy canes, I just loved the look of them at the counter.
Then on Friday, we attended our granddaughter’s music program from school.
I took a long moment to appreciate the beauty of the stage setting before the children filled the risers.
Even now, looking at the picture, I am filled with peace.
Practicing presence does help us with gratitude and appreciation.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: 38 YEARS
Speaking of appreciation…my 38th wedding anniversary with Mr. B was on December 1.
Yes, because I love Christmas so much, I wanted to be married in December and have a Christmas wedding.
This love of the season has been a part of me practically my whole life.
Mr. B came home that day with gorgeous roses from HEB Blooms.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: THE JOY SEARCH
Joy is everywhere and I look for it every where I go….this yard display was discovered when I ran into Big Lots last week.
I also ran into Leigh Ann there, but she later showed up with this……
Gotta love a tissue box with the word JOY all over it….I need to find some more of these…I am going through a lot of tissues lately!
Something else I have noticed this year, is that more retailers are using the word JOY in their holiday marketing….I guess they finally realize that we need more JOY in our lives.
Sure, the word does not erase difficult circumstances….but when we focus on it, then the real joy of the season can permeate our hearts in different ways.
As Dolly sings in Hard Candy Christmas, “I won’t let sorrow get me down.”
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: FINAL THOUGHTS
I saw these super cute toys at Target this week in the Magnolia department.
Look at how cute some of these are….Heart & Hand with Magnolia Toys.
A few notes….since my sickness is now mostly in my stomach, I have not been cooking much lately, but hope to have a recipe soon.
Tomorrow I will show you the gorgeous Hotel Emma in style of course, and on Thursday I want to discuss my thoughts on wearing items that are “Memorable.”
Now, you have a joyful day and leave any thoughts on Sunday mornings at home….join me in practicing intentional presence this week, then let us know what you see……and always…..
By Pamela Lutrell
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