Currently in December (Plus a Giveaway!)

Currently Series with Authentic Virtue Blog

Crafting: Lots of Christmas gifts! This year I’ve enjoyed working my hands over several loved one’s gifts. I’ve so wanted to do several DIY’s for you but that would give away surprises. 😉 Let’s just say there’s been a lot of Hobby Lobbying happening round here.

Dreaming: Of sweet babies! I recently had the most lovely dream of us having twins, a boy and a girl. And while it was just a dream I’m clinging to the promise that sweet children are in our future, Lord willing. <3  

Anticipating: Dalton and I’s 2nd anniversary trip!! Woot, woot! I’m not announcing our destination yet but let’s just say I’ll need to pack sundresses and I’m ordering this cute (and modest!) swim bottom. 😉

Planning: My sweet sister and brother-in-love’s second baby boy’s arrival! (Well, I’m not planning that but … you know.) I’ll soon be spending time with their growing family — a trip I am very much looking forward too.

Smelling: Warm, wintry candles. I’ve been keeping the candles lit from dawn until dusk lately; they just add such a peaceful, homey feel to our little home.

Eating: Lots of salads and baked potatoes. This is the month of delicious, light meals and I’m very much enjoying it.

Celebrating: My Periscope launch! I had a few friends encourage me to branch into live Periscope moments with my readers and I’m so glad I took the leap. Of course, chatting live is very nerve-wracking and I’ve miserably flopped a time or two but overall it’s been a great challenge and a lovely way to connect more personally with readers.

If you have a smart phone look me up with the app Periscope (@FrannieAnneDuncan) for weekly bits of coffee and conversation.

Listening to: Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas channel or this great song.

Enjoying: My new exercise routine! My certified personal trainer (aka Mr. Duncan 😉 ) and I are having a lot of fun as he helps me/gives me pointers in weight lifting (itty bitty weights) and other exercise routines. He’s got some really great ideas and makes working out not as dreadful as it normally is for me. 🙂

Reading: I’m pushing through Elizabeth Prentiss’ Stepping Heavenward. Honestly, after God’s Word, this is the one book I’d recommend to all Christians. Theology and life lessons are beautifully tucked into a fictional story and there is both edification and encouragement wrapped within the chapters. Do check this old classic out.

Pausing: My three post-a-week blog schedule. 🙂 It seems like I’ve entered a season of life where writing requires more focus than normal; this discouraged me at first but I’ve come to a place of thanksgiving and gratitude. I love this place and if writing requires more effort then that’s what I shall give — but I’ll do it in a way that promotes growth and grace and less stress in meeting my self-made deadlines.

Giving: I love the quality, life-giving items Worldvision shares and would love to pass these two beauties on to two separate readers. The first is a gorgeous, cross over purse with lining and zipper and the second is a beautiful, silver-lined bracelet with vineyard carvings in it.

 

Leave me a comment below to be entered into the drawing which will end January 13th, 2016! Also, for extra entries share the fun (on Facebook, Instagram or your blog) and leave me a comment with your link below. This is open to any sweet soul so feel free to share. 🙂

What does your world currently look like? I would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment below! With love, blessings and wonderful, black coffee,

Frannie

Currently // October

Hello, sweet folk.

It’s mid October; leaves are beginning to change and pumpkin lattes are the thing in my little world. I’m in heaven as the days are getting cooler and the evenings even cooler. Keeping with tradition I’ve journaled some of the currents currently going on in our little home. Visit my friend Charis to see her latest post and enjoy all the sweetness she writes.

Crafting: I feel like most of my crafty energy has been going toward lesson plans, organizing books and making our menu plan more yum and less blah. 😉 But I do have plans for decorating with fresh, red leaves, redoing my trusty chalkboards and working with vinyl and canvas for upcoming Christmas gifts. ♥

Anticipating: Soon we’ll drive south and spend a well-needed (and wanted) three days with our families. I cannot wait to spend late nights playing Scrabble, drinking coffee and talking with our dear people.

Dreaming: My heart has been full of dreams lately: baby dreams, crafting dreams, writing dreams and travel dreams. I’m still adjusting to my new schedule (hah!) but that hasn’t stopped me from taking little steps forward to making beautiful things happen.

Sipping: The Keurig has been pumping delicious cups of Three Story coffee lately; it’s been hard for me to stick to my three cup limit. I’ve also had the hankering for pumpkin spice lattes — with a coffee shop right next to school I practically drool driving by. 😀

Reading: I haven’t read much lately — it never seems like I have enough time. However, I am still pushing through Stepping Heavenward and loving every paragraph.

Celebrating: The cooling weather! I cannot tell you how delightful the dropping temperatures have been for me. Even though p.e. class is only five hours I have been getting cooked! I literally turned to a student and said, “Do you smell something burning? I think it’s my skin.”  🙂

Picturing:  ♥

Here I’m mixing my favorite gluten-free, sugar free, egg free muffins … they are the best!

My sweet sister and brother-in-love are having their second little boy. So, I couldn’t resist picking up these matching orange vests for the two cuties.

Isn’t my guy such a cutie? He really outdid himself by surprising me with a morning date, downtown walk and latte. (What a darling!)

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I found this teapot for Dalton and he is loving it! He often brews different types of green and herbal tea and seeing him enjoying the process really makes my day.

I told you I had a p.e. tanline! 😀

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What has your October looked like? Are you loving it or just putting through?

With much love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie