monday update :: share your feast + so vintage market + more

It’s Monday! I’m excited about the new week! I think the four-day weekend made coming back to Monday a little easier, don’t you? It was such a wonderful weekend!

It all started with Thanksgiving preparations last Wednesday- it was basically a massive cooking spree for Thursday’s lunch! If you follow along on facebook, you might’ve seen my cooking updates and grocery pics along the way. :D It was a big spread- 22 lbs. of turkey, mashed potatoes, artisan bread, fudge, two cakes, cookies, ham, rolls, veggies, and more!

We were blessed to be able to share our feast with a sweet single mom from Kenya and her 15 month old. She fit right in with the family, and we got to hear her story and get to know her more over the few hours she was here. Very exciting! It was so cool to make a new friend!

A couple of other friends and lots of family came over at different points in the day, so we got to kick back and enjoy each other’s company. I was so completely involved in everything, I only took one picture!

Yeah, so here’s our only Thanksgiving pic- it’s of our guest that didn’t stay around too long. ;)


We did get the tree up this weekend though- we let the kids decorate it mostly, can you tell? ;)


And since Friday night I’ve been tearing up my living room and dining room getting ready for the So Vintage Market at my house this coming weekend!


My living room will be overtaken {in a good way!} with adorable vintage finds, furniture, lamps, mirrors, and more all day Friday and Saturday, and half of the Market’s profit goes to Parental Care Ministries! If you are in the East Texas area, I would love to see you!! Email me for directions if you think you might be able make it!

Oh, and would you guys please pray for our week around here? We are going to be crazy busy, and I’m praying that our week will be productive, peaceful, and honoring to the Lord, even in the midst of lots and lots of big things to get done with lots of little ones running around. I would be so grateful if you would pray for us too!

I hope you have an awesome week! I’m so thankful for you all of you!! :D

P.S. only three days left to enter to win the winter glam package!


Traceylynnbartula said...

Do you mind if I ask where the So Vintage Market will be held! I am interested in coming and live in the Tyler, TX area. I heard about your blog in a round about way....I work at Mercy Ships and a co-worker of mine is Rachel Lundmark. I believe you may have gone to school with her sister......My email is if you do not mind letting me know more about the Market!
Blessings, Tracey

mandyBH said...

Disqus generic email templateWow, wow, wow!! God is sooooo awesome!! Reading this brought tears to my eyes and gave me chill bumps! The Holy Spirit is so, so good to us! Oh I just love it when He places people on our hearts like that! Oh, praise His name- He is so wonderful, and in control of every single thing! I’m so, so thrilled that God worked in and through you! How awesome is that! Ahhhh!! :D I’m so thrilled to hear about it! Do you mind if I share your story on the blog tomorrow? I think it would be such awesome encouragement for others to take the step, and such an amazing testimony of the Holy Spirit at work! He is alive, and working! Oh, I couldn’t be more excited!

Mary said...

I will be praying! :D

Ashley Werner said...

Glad your Thanksgiving went great:)....Love the tree!

MrsKovacs said...

Hi Mandy! I am a new reader...couple weeks or your blog and so enjoy your updates. My husband and I work on staff with a young church in the heart of Baltimore city where our congregation is almost entirely composed of 20 somethings. Anyway, a few of us who were staying in the area and wouldn't be visiting family decided to share Thanksgiving together. I had just seen your Share Your Feast post a few days before and so wanted to make a point of doing that sometime this season. In God's so beautiful way, He brought the perfect candidate across our paths 2 Sundays ago. Andre is 44, homeless, and very kind. He visited our church and quickly made friends among some of our members (including my husband). When he called out of the blue just to say hello and that he was praying for my husband, I realized he needed to share our feast with us. John and I talked about it later in the day and he called Andre back and set it up. We picked him at the shelter where he's been living (his spot guaranteed each night due to a serious infection he was recovering from) and crammed in our other riders (3 college students from our church) with me in the back. During dinner he shared his story with us and we just listened as this gentle man talked of being homeless half his life, imprisoned much of that time, and on drugs of some kind since he was 17. Through it all God has continually been redeeming his brokenness and making him new and he can pinpoint moments where he realized so clearly how God intervened in his life and worked things out for his good. He is eager to get his life back on track and eager to see God bring total healing but his fight is going to be SO very hard. All that said, we around the table who had never been homeless, never been high, and never been imprisoned sat basking in the glory of a mighty God who loves the least of these and teaches us to do the same. Such a needed reminder that He is good and loving and KNOWS the details of our lives and provides for the things we need. In a city where there is so much need and loneliness and darkness, it was such a blessing to witness God at work - in our own hearts and in Andre's. He was back at church Sunday and I am hopeful that the relationships we're building with him will be a part of his recovery and rehabilitation. Thank you so much for the wonderful idea! I hope we'll be able to do something like this again soon. Being a church full of young adults we get together and "feast" a lot so I feel like there will be plenty of opportunity! :)

MrsKovacs said...

You bet! I would love it if it provided a little boost of encouragement for others. It seems like a comfort zone stretch initially, but God just really turns it into blessing for us. :) And it helps to do it in community or with family - then you're just adding to the family! ;)