November Blessings- Day 1 (Goodbye October, Hello November)

It’s been a while since I have shared a 52 Story here on my blog and with the start of new month, I thought I’d post a 52 story once a day. Today will be one of my holiday memories, since yesterday was Halloween.

Our Nightmare Before Christmas trunk-or-treat scene. We painted the backdrop.

Last night, my two sons and I participated in our ward’s trunk or treat (a ward is my church congregation and a trunk-or-treat is a version of trick-or-treating in a parking lot instead of a neighborhood). To our dismay, we were only one of two families who decorated their trunks, out of the twenty or so who participated. Decorated trunks are the best part! We even played the soundtrack to Nightmare Before Christmas, and some of the children told me this is a movie they love. Me too!

Last year’s Minecraft trunk-or-treat scene, which took us a week to create.

While I do miss having little ones in my home during the holidays, I have a lot of fun with my adult children and teenage son. One of my favorite family activities is decorating together. I love to decorate my home for holidays and seasons. And, when I decorate, I go “all out” as they say. For me, there is no such thing as too much decorating, just like there is no such things as too many books! It’s just the way I roll. I have the same mindset when I clean my house for planned company. I end up cleaning out my fridge and pantry, bathrooms are spotless, every nook and cranny dusted.


When I was a young girl, my favorite Halloweens were the years I got to visit my Aunt Coleen’s home in the little mining town of Copperton, Utah. I adored my aunt’s charming brick house and every Halloween she would host a family party where she cooked up chili or something like that. My cousins and my brothers and I would trick-or-treat together in a big group. We loved trick-or-treating in my aunt’s neighborhood as we would often get full size candy bars. I remember one year a neighbor of hers refused to give us candy because we weren’t local children. We tried to explain who we were, certain she knew our aunt, but it made no difference. I also remember, there was a back room in my aunt’s house where scary movies played all night long. I would avoid that room like the plague. I have never enjoyed watching scary movies. I am a romance-comedy girl. I love Hallmark movies, especially at this time of year when all they play is Christmas romance.

This picture has nothing to do with this post, but this is the first time we’ve seen roaming chickens in our backyard. They must belong to one of our neighbors.

♥ This morning I found these scripture verses to be a great comfort in light of all the recent tragic events around the world, which sadden our hearts:

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation. Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” (2 Nephi 22:2-3; compare to Isaiah 12:2-3)

Today’s blessing is knowing I am a child of God, as we all are, and that if I trust in Him and turn to His Son, Jesus Christ, as the source of my strength, I will know joy and peace in my life, even though there is evil at work. God is aware of each one of us and He does hear and answer our prayers, in His all-knowing time. ♥ I wish all my readers a delightful November. Thank you for stopping by and reading. It means a lot to me, and I try to read your blog posts as often as I can. Let’s continue to lift one another up. ♥

4 thoughts on “November Blessings- Day 1 (Goodbye October, Hello November)

  1. Your trunk decorations are amazing! I do not decorate our van. If I get there with candy and kids and costumes and dinner contribution, I have basically moved mountains, and I am satisfied. 🙂 That said, I certainly do appreciate people like you who are artistic and make the world a little bit lovelier.

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