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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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Friday!

Are you just loving these October days, my friends? We sure are. Although, sometimes I have to remind myself that these are the days I wait all year for. I get so wrapped up in the day to day routine that I forget to take note of the glorious shades of orange the leaves are beginning to display. I don't want these days to pass by without filling them with all things autumn and Halloween. But first, a wrap up of the past week here in our cozy home!




We started off last weekend by celebrating my bestie Marian!
We could not love this amazing woman more!

And that has nothing to do with her uncanny ability to bring me the most perfect gifts ever.
Honestly.

Saturday found us taking our one and only son to his first Homecoming Dance!
We went to Mass first, and he served, so the tie was tucked into my purse.

Until after Mass, when this moment melted my heart.

And then there was this one.
Rhett was so happy his friend Sophie asked him to the dance.
And I was too.

She is a lovely young lady, and they had a great time together.

Random fun fact...
These are the BEST pop-tarts EVER!
And they stopped making them years ago.
I ran into the store Saturday evening and happened to glance at the display.
I was so excited to see them, I snapped a picture to send to the kids.
And then I bought way too many boxes.
Stocking up, you know.


Sunday afternoon found some of my people heading to Pittsburgh to cheer on our Steelers.
Apparently, not nearly enough.
But, they had fun, and that is what matters.

Madison, Flynn, and I enjoyed a cozy evening at home with cocoa, coffee, and movies.
And we had fun too.

Peyton baked a pie.
Apple cream.
Perfect.

My sisters Margie and Scarlett helped my mom go through her things before we moved her into her new place. My dear mom had kept some of my dad's favorite shirts. She gave them to me, and I am so thankful to have a few more pieces of him to keep forever. I might make them into a pillow someday, but for now, they are washed and folded and will be safe and sound inside my cedar chest.

My Mocha.



October in my little world.

Enjoy your October, my friends.
Thank you for visiting.
I am so happy you do!













  

Comments

  1. What a pretty post... full of good things. Myself, being a foodie, I noticed the yummy looking cake and pie in the pic's... oh yum. Your son looks very handsome with his pretty little date for the dance. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Your dad's shirts...... so sweet and wonderful! And I do love October as much as you do, but darn it if it's going to be in the high 80's here today. UGH!! Bring me my 60's!! :)

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  3. Wonderful week. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Always a delight to visit you, my friend. Have a lovely Friday.

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  5. Hi Billie Jo--Thanks for blessing me again!!

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  6. Everything wonderful and fallish. Your son is so handsome and his date is a pretty lil' thing, they are making fun memories. Homecoming is great! Happy Birthday to your sweet friend. You sure know how to throw a party! It's always wonderful checking in on your neck of the cozy woods!
    Happy October!
    Saimi

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  7. Uplifting as always to catch up with you. So many fun happenings to make me smile.

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  8. Always look forward to your uplifting posts friend. Enjoy your weekend.

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  9. How handsome is Rhett?! Wow! So happy you had a wonderful week, celebrating Marian and full of all sorts of goodness. Thank you for being real and loving Pop Tarts. I will check and see if they have that kind this weekend. And your dad's shirts. My vote? Keep them as shirts. We were gifted two bears made from my husband's grandfather and my MIL's shirts for our wedding. The only problem? They're super creepy! We don't want to get rid of them, because they are sentimental so our two bears sit in my cedar chest. I would have rather had two shirts! (Or pillows would have been good too actually, just don't get bears.) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. What lovely photos, especially those of your son at Mass and his homecoming dance, ones to treasure I think. Dear Mocha is such a sweetie, curled up so cosily. It looks like you've had a good week, and I'm glad you're enjoying October so far, it's a lovely month, as things get cooler and everyone moves indoors a little more. Have a good weekend Billie Jo. CJ xx

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  11. It is always fun to visit you and see what has gone on in your cozy home during the week. Seems to have been a good week for everyone. Happy Friday and upcoming weekend.

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  12. I love your post. There is a definite Fall theme going on. You're right about taking time to enjoy while we can. The seasons go by so fast. Your son and his date look very nice in their homecoming dance photos. Happy rest of the Fall to you Billie Jo.

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  13. What a sweet post. Your Son is so handsome and I know he enjoyed his homecoming dance. It isn’t feeling much like October here but I am enjoying it anyway🍁. Have a wonderful weekend dear friend. Hugs

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  14. I came here for some happy and I got it!! Thank you my friend!! You have me wishing I could slow down a little just to LOVE!!

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  15. Oh your sweet tooth is killing me!!! 🤪..sugar, I love it in the form of a dessert! Looks like you have been having a wonderful time.

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  16. Somehow I sent the other comment in before finishing what I was going to say...DUH! anyway, I love Oct. my fave month, fave time of the yr. just wishing that Mother Nature was aware of the fact that it is fall time and the temps don’t need to be in the 90s. Mornings on the deck are not so bad but the afternoons are horrible! Hoping you cont to enjoy the month.

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  17. So much love and goodness here, Billie Jo! Rhett looked so handsome and his date is just adorable! I hope they had fun. Our homecoming is today! I know you already thank him, but what a blessing you have in your dear friend <3. Lots of activities going on in your neck of the woods. It takes time, but aren't you glad you squeeze in the memories on your blog??

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  18. I have many of my dad's shirts too except his are the cotton button down kind. I was thinking I should make a quilt someday. For right now though they are tucked away too. It looks like you had a lovely week with your family.
    xx Beca

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  19. Hi Billie Jo~

    You always have a way of making me feel right at home! The most important things in the world are, God, Family and friends and you have all of it right here on your blog. Enjoy this lovely Autumn, sweet friend, and all the coziness that it brings!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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  20. WONDERFUL! I love how you are grabbing all you can out of the season and enjoying your new home and your family.

    Wednesday is my revision surgery at 7:30 a.m. You've been on this journey with me, and I wanted to let you know.

    Hugs,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  21. such lovely moments captured. your son and his date looked gorgeous too.
    thank you for sharing snippets of your pretty life with us.

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  22. Your son and his date look adorable! LOVE her dress! Sounds like you are having a great fall! We're hoping for the rain to stop some day soon so we can enjoy the season a little too! Have a great week sweetie!

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  23. I love your posts! You always remind me to savor the simple things. <3
    Rhett looks so handsome!
    I love your mug of cocoa! October was made for Cocoa (or is that vice versa?)

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  24. LOVE the purse! October has just passed me by...

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