Friday, December 29, 2017

Looking Toward 2018

Missy Tippens

Happy almost 2018, y'all!

Have you barely caught your breath from Christmas? That's how I feel. I can hardly believe how quickly we're racing toward the new year.

We had such a wonderful time this holiday. We had my parents, sister and brother-in-law here with us. Here's a photo of the Christmas morning service. My dad didn't brave the cold that day, but he did make it for Christmas Day at my house. My oldest and his wife made it that night for the candlelight service. So we were all together on Christmas!

My sister and brother-in-law on the left, hubby in the pastor robe, and two of my kids

After Christmas, we headed to south Georgia to spend a late Christmas with my husband's parents and sister and family. I so wanted to get a good photo of the Spanish moss on the trees, which is how we can always tell we're truly in the south part of Georgia. But it rained the whole time! I didn't want that photo bad enough to get out in that. LOL

So, backing up to before Christmas... Here are some photos from the Duluth, Georgia, town green. We went out before Christmas to celebrate our son's and our daughter-in-law's birthdays. Duluth has a wonderful historic area as well as the fairly new town green. It's a little dark, but you can see some of the beautiful lights.

And we made a stop at The Chocolaterie while downtown. They make the most gorgeous chocolates. They're almost too pretty to eat. Here's one photo, but if you check their website, they have better photos than mine. Personally, my favorite is the pecan turtle. :)

That night we also went to Crave Pie and Simply Done Donuts. We all wanted different desserts! :)

Then back at home, our sweet senior doggie had a new bandana and was soundly sleeping in his bed.

Here's wishing you a wonderful end of 2017. May you celebrate the blessings of this past year, and may you have a very blessed 2018!



  1. Happy soon to be New Year, Missy! Loved getting a glimpse into your Christmas week. I've never attended a church that held a Christmas day service. Just Christmas Eve -- and that's early evening. I must hunt out a church that actually does a Christmas day service next year.

    Love the look of those fancy chocolates too. My favourite is orange and dark chocolate. Sigh. Now I'm craving that. As if I haven't had enough sweets this week!

    1. Kav, we only had Christmas morning services because it was Sunday. :) Normally we don't. It made a long day for our choir! Four services that day.

  2. Pecan turtles are my favorite too, Missy. You can tell which part of the post I focused on. All your desserts sound wonderful.

    I'm glad you had such a happy family time.

    1. Thanks, Mary Cate! We did have a wonderful time.

      Yes, anything caramel is heaven! :)

  3. It sounds like you had a lovely time with your family!

    Our town has done something similar to your town green - It's called Main Street Square, and is right in the middle of downtown like a green would be. In the winter, there's a skating rink that becomes a water play area with fountains in the summer. The Christmas tree is gorgeous in December. Then all year round events are held there. It has really become a focus for the town's activities.

    Have a happy New Year!

    1. Jan, that sounds very similar! And wonderful! Although, I have to say we don't usually have ice skating around here unless it's artificially frozen. :)

  4. I love your Georgia Christmas, Missy. A town square sounds so quaint and sweet - wish we had something like that to draw all the folks out of their homes to mingle. Chocolates and a happy dog warm my heart :)

    Happy New Year!

    1. Yes, nothing like a sweet dog to complete the picture. :)