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Good morning and Happy December to you. I took last week off from blogging to mentally and physically prepare for the upcoming holidays: shopping, cleaning, organizing, wrapping and a quick 2 day getaway with my love to his golf course in southeast Texas called Whispering Pines. There is literally no service at all down there so I didn’t bother bringing my phone to take pictures. Trust me though, it was exquisite.

So December is here, and I have sooooo many beautiful things and creative ideas ahead for this month. Let’s start with a verse.

For the month of December, my verse is

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There are plenty of times I fear what the Lord has in store for me. What if it’s different than my own plans? What if it’s something I don’t want to do? What if it’s something really, really hard? I like this verse because of the word delight. The thought in delighting in the Lord’s plans is reassuring to me, and especially during the Christmas season I want to focus only on Him and His will. Not myself or my own agenda.

I also have several Christmas Gift Guides coming up: a Stella-Specific one and an EVERYTHING one. I’m not doing a male gift guide this year because honestly, it’s not my specialty. I can shop for my father-in-law (anything at Home Depot for his many projects,) my father (a shirt with a vest or jacket,) my husband (Suit Supply Gift Card or a new pair of Magnannis,) my kids (ninja turtles/marvel,) or my high school/college-aged nephews (CASH,) but that is the extent of my knowledge this year. If you are struggling on what to give a male in your life, may I suggest a gift card to their favorite restaurant. We have started doing this more and more in family for birthdays, because honestly it’s two gifts in one: the food and not having to pay for dinner. 🙂

One of my favorite gift recommendations for the ladies this year? A set of these acrylic chairs!!!

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Is it not beautiful, chic, modern, everything…? Sadie gave me a set early (grazie Sadie!!) and I am using one in my office, and the other at my vanity.

Several DELICIOUS recipes are on the blog this month. The first being a breakfast casserole perfect for holiday guests and Christmas morning! Layers and layers of all our morning favorites have forced me to name this one Breakfast Lasagna. 🙂

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A Christmas tablescape, a Christmas cocktail and a Christmas desert are in store for you as well this month. Happy December to all of you and Merry, Merry Christmas!

Before I go may I ask each of you an important favor? Our resident photographer, Patrizia Montanari is up for an award and would so appreciate our votes. If you wouldn’t mind clicking the link below,  scrolling to services and voting for Patrizia under the photography tab we would appreciate it so much. She is a great talent and beautiful soul and is so deserving of this award. Grazie amici!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016MK

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-ciao for now-

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