ten on tuesday.

1. As much as I want to devote this entire post to the Iron Bowl I know this blog is read by mixed company – so I won’t. But just know that I want to. War Eagle. =)

2. One of the reasons I won’t gloat here (as tempting as it is) is because 99% of the Alabama fans I know have been SO gracious about the outcome of the game. Thanks for that.

3. We’re T – three weeks until Christmas and the Cobbs are still tree-less. In fact, there are still pumpkins in my window boxes. Jealous?

4. When the calendar flipped over to December I found myself thinking more and more about the tragedy at Sandy Hook last year. The one year anniversary is coming and my heart aches for those families. The family of Ana Marquez-Greene has created a beautiful Facebook page to honor their daughter and remind all of us that “Love Wins”. The beauty they are trying to bring out of their devastating loss takes my breath away.

5. On that note, let’s remember that the holidays aren’t joyous for all of us. Many among us struggle with loneliness and loss during this season and if that’s you, know that my heart is with you. Our church hosts an annual worship service of loss and remembrance each year to help comfort those who grieve. It’s this Sunday at 5:00 at Faith Presbyterian Church. All are welcome.

6. And as long as we’re on the subject of my church, come join my congregation and other friends in our community in our parking lot this Saturday morning at 9 to help bag a truck full of sweet potatoes for local food banks. Details here. Who doesn’t want to spend their morning at something called a Sweet Potato Drop? I promise it’ll be good for your heart and soul. =)

7. Okay, let’s talk about the Elf. I love all the pictures y’all, I really do, but I just can’t. So please don’t hate but I told my kids that the reason they don’t have an elf is because they must not need any extra help being good in December. Sorry to throw all you elf-loving families under the bus. But what else is a mama to do?

8. We had a new set of appliances delivered today and, lemmetellyou, nothing says “I’m a disgusting human being” like seeing the filth that lives under your refrigerator and stove. Ugh. I mean, we’re talking inches away from our food. I have two words for you: heebie jeebies.

9. The delivery of our new appliances means two things: first, three years later I’m no longer cooking on a cracked cooktop (burners back at full strength!) and second, we’re staying in our house for the foreseeable future. We dabbled with the idea of moving, tantalized by the idea of more space, but in the end we realized that for this glorious time in our lives, we’re right where we belong. Besides, how could we leave Huntsville’s best neighbors?!

10. Okay, one last thing. Did I say War Eagle?

NoraDecember 3, 2013 - 8:20 pm

I totally meant to text you about the big win. Sean was in the Costco parking lot about to go in and I was updating him that the game was going into overtime, but they were going to try to kick a 56 yard field goal first, “No, wait the guy guy caught it…he’s running! He’s running! Oh my goodness he scored a touchdown…Alabama lost!!!” 🙂

Elizabeth JohnsonDecember 3, 2013 - 9:22 pm

War Eagle ; )

GailDecember 4, 2013 - 7:13 am

OK, you know what, GOOD FOR YOU for not falling to the Elf culture! I have a one year old little guy and have resolved to keep my senses about all things related to crazy first birthday parties and other “Pinterest Parent Problems” (and I totally deem Elf on the Shelf to be one of them( (also, I actually wrote about the birthday party dilemma here, which kept me in check in October when, true to my wishes, I held a very low key party for my son: http://www.gailwernerphoto.com/how-did-we-get-here/)

I look forward to having Xmas traditions with my son, but I don’t want them to be something stressful, like the way that Elf conundrum could be!

PS – I LOVE your Ten on Tuesdays!

PPS – I don’t fall football at all, but even *I* was amazed at that Auburn-Alabama game. Wowzers!

Corri CDecember 4, 2013 - 8:10 am

Ok, the Elf one cracked me up! That elf creeps me out. Even though I’ve seen adorable things done with them. I once saw the ad and the song goes through my head and … No. You just have to believe that Santa knows, because he does. There is not going to be a creepy elf in my house.

JuliDecember 4, 2013 - 10:11 am

I refer to that elf as the “creepy little bass turd!” I can’t imagine the stress and time suck that thing creates in the homes of seemingly naughty children across Pinterest….

Heather MayberryDecember 4, 2013 - 10:48 am

Oh man, the iron bowl. What an amazing game with a sad( for me ) outcome. But what a once in a lifetime play that was to end a game. Totally know how you feel about the under the appliances thing, that hit me last year when I saw under our stove. Yuck! Don’t feel bad, we never have a tree and I have no idea what the elf on the shelf thing is. Still.

DonyaDecember 4, 2013 - 1:30 pm

LOVE your “excuse” for not doing elf on the shelf. 🙂

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