Hello friends! How is everyone!? How was your Thanksgiving!?
I am just absolutely loving the Ohio way of life! This morning I went running and I was surrounded by gorgeous trees and birds singing and a babbling brook — it was so picturesque.
So far, my parents and I have watched 3 Hallmark movies, decorated the house for Christmas, went to the Christmas kickoff weekend on the little Main Street by their home, and have had a couple play dates with my little nephews!
So it has been just a beautiful time home.
TODAY STEVEN ARRIVES FROM NYC!
I’m actually just about to go pick him up from the airport and then we’re going to our final walk through for our condo downtown! And then closing tomorrow!!!
Between you and me…I have a surprise for Steven tonight.
Yesterday, my mom and I made Filipino Sinigang soup to have for dinner tonight. We wanted to have something special to welcome him to Cincinnati, and have a little piece of home here for him. So I’m really excited to surprise him with that tonight. I made the traditional pork version for him and my parents, and a seafood version for myself. (Recipe here!)
I was cutting apart a 2 pound rack of pork ribs yesterday for the recipe — mom was like, “Is this my daughter!?” haha
But they had a little sneak peak taste test of the soup yesterday and my parents loved it!
I just can’t believe this is all coming together. I am so grateful.
This weekend, we’re having our big family Thanksgiving dinner! We did it a week late this year so that we could include Steven in it, now that he’s here! So I’m super excited for that as well.
Thank you again for your patience with me as I navigate this crazy busy period of my life! Come Thursday after we officially move in tomorrow, I will be back to “posting topics as usual.”
I hope you all have a blessed Monday! It’s going to be a great week! And happy Advent!
OK – off to pick up my man at the airport and see our place before it’s officially OUR PLACE!
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31 responses to “IT’S HAPPENING!”
Your Filipino Sinagang soup is sure to be a hit. I have made a vegan version several times and it is always a hit. Enjoy all the hectic times of moving and marriage planning and wonderful family times. xo
Thank you! Oh my gosh it WAS! My parents loved it too, and steven was so touched! ooh a vegan version — yum!!! I think my mom would love that ! 🙂 heheh Hugs and love xox
Use 3 varieties of mushrooms.
Caralyn’s cooking corner. That could be a name for another blog page. Having said that I think you got enough on ATM 🤣
ooh that’s a great idea, Kenneth! Thank you! hahha you’re right – I’ve got quite a bit on my plate right now! heheh but a great suggestion none the less! Hugs and love xox
Love and light to you both dear lady, may your future be lined with that heartfelt love 😀❤️🙏🏽
Thank you so much Mark! I really appreciate that. We have so much on the horizon 🙂 it’s an exciting time! Hugs and love xox
It looks fantastic. I am happy for you to be back home. Looks nice.
Thank you Derek! It feels amazing to be back home in the midwest and near my family! everyone arrives today for a belated Thanksgiving!! Hugs and love xox
I am very happy for you and Steven, Caralyn! Such an exciting time in your lives. Be well, be safe! ❤️🙏🏻☺️
Aw John, thank you so much. It really is so exciting. i really feel like everything is coming together. it’s an amazing feeling! Hugs and love xox
You’re so welcome my friend! Hi from Michigan, I’m up here for our early family Christmas. Have a lovely weekend. 🙏🏻❤️☺️
Oh fun! Hope it’s a blast — and that you stay warm!!!!
Thank you. So good to see my 94 year old dad! ❤️❤️
It was fine, I got home yesterday, so good to see my family! It’s tough to get us all together these days.
Congratulations on your new place. Be sure to check out Mt. Adams. Especially the Lemon Drop.
thank you Mike! ooooh that is a great suggestion! i LOVED mt. adams growing up! I was of course, just a kid and not of legal drinking age, so I’m really excited to check it out as an adult! Hugs and love xox
Roast pig “Lechon Baboy” in the Philippines. There are countless signs advertising it in Manila so it seems you continue that heritage.
oh nice!!! that is a very traditional celebratory food! we were actually talking about how to figure out how to include that in our wedding! Hugs and love xox
Yay! Welcome home!
Thank you Greg! it feels so good to be back in the midwest – i love it here! Hugs and love xox
Fabulous update on your big transition…love will see you through each day.
I’m sure your dinner was a winner! Keep us posted on everything dear sister…❤
Thank you Lisa Beth! It is really something! we’re really coming along! thanks for saying that 🙂 it WAS a big hit! I certainly will! Hugs and love xox
A beautiful post thank you so much
thank you friend. Hugs and love xox
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thank you for the link up! Hugs and love xox
It’s an exciting for both of you and I’m sure he’ll love your surprise
Hi Sheree! Oh gosh, thank you so much, it really is so exciting! and he did! he was so surprised and touched — and my parents loved it too! Hugs and love xox
Excellent! Hugs and love back