Friday Favorites: November 14th

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Well, hello.

It’s Friday, and so much good stuff is happening right now.

My little brother and his wife had their first baby girl last night. That’s pretty significant by itself, but we’re excited in the Davis fam because it’s the first girl cousin. Abby is surrounded by boys–3 brothers and 2 boy cousins. We love them and all, but it’s a nice win for the gals in the family. Plus, I get to buy cute, girl clothes again.

I already got her this:



I’m pretty sure she’s going to wear it everyday.


My brother and his wife are 6’4″ and 6’5″, respectively, which means, YES, she’s taller.  If you want to laugh (really hard), watch the two of us walk around together. It’s like Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger from the movie Twins.

We joke with them that they are going to birth an entire NBA team, so it’s pretty funny that the initials of their first little one are M.V.P.

Can’t wait to meet this girl.

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I’m in planning mode for Thanksgiving. What about you?

I picked up the turkey today, and now I’m dreaming about the sides.

While I was on Pinterest today, I saw these printable Thanksgiving MadLibsI’m pretty sure they’re going to be a hit at the table, especially between my dad and the kids. 

I’m also not much of a fall decorator, but I like to do something simple for the table on Thanksgiving. Saw this centerpiece this week and was sold. Easy, simple, and elegant.

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What I read (am reading) this week…

I’m finally taking up Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead.


I’ve been wanting to read it for several years, but just kept forgetting. But she’s gotten some press recently for her newest book in this series, Lila, which is supposed to be the best.

The New York Times did a great, reflective piece on her recently called The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson. In it, she talks about our culture’s default culture of fear, and how we use it as an excuse for inactivity or worse. Good weekend reading.


Finally, I’m a little late to the party on this one, as usual, but if you haven’t read Glennon Melton’s parenting article Don’t Carpe Diem in the Huffington Post, stop whatever you’re doing now and READ it. It’s one of the best parenting articles I’ve ever read.


Happy Friday to all.

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  • Sarah Pacosa

    Congratulations Auntie! Love the onesie. Can I get one?

    • Julie Davis

      Yep, I bet you feel like you’re literally climbing Mt. Everest today. Feel better soon!

      So glad the article encouraged you. I needed it this week, too.

  • Lorraine Griffith

    I just love that article – thank-you so much for sharing it! Having only one child makes me panicky sometimes about living life while her time with me is passing. But those precious “Kairos” moments, oh my! That is when I just savor the preciousness of all of this. Like hearing her laugh upstairs with her friend right now! It’s one of those moments. Now I know what to call them.

    • Julie Davis

      I know, wasn’t that a beautiful way to put it? I love her perspective on parenting. So humorous, but so profound as well.

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Lorraine!