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Friday Favorites-- The Week I Started On Christmas

We had a much better week this week than last week.  Everyone stayed healthy and we had some pretty nice weather too.  We made sure to get out and enjoy it whenever we could.  I got a head start on the holidays.  It all started by making some cute ornaments for an ornament exchange and the next thing I knew I had Christmas card and gift list done, my cards completed and quite a few gift ideas already down.

It rained again on Friday for our 5th straight day of rain.  There were a few spots in the day where it looked like it might be clearing up but try as hard I could we could not get it together to get out during those rare moments.  I was so hoping to get in a quick hike or walk but we finished up our schoolwork instead and I got a call from one of my oldest and dearest friends.  I think we talked for close to an hour (if I had to guess) and we made plans for her and her kids to come up and visit on Monday!  That totally made up for the rainy yucky weather.  Ian made some homemade …

Encouraging Hearts and Home-- So Hard to Choose!

One of the most difficult parts of hosting a wonderful link-up like this each week is trying to just pick a few favorites to highlight the next week.  I often struggle to choose just 3 and this week I ended up picking 4!  I hope you all don't mind and thank you for joining us.
Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home!

The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light! ***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board.
Most Viewed From Last Week's Party:

Cute Easy Pumpkin Garland by Olivia Ohern

A few of my favorites from last week included:

Madewell Bobble Sweater by This Main Line life

Fall Decor…

Visting Mount Rushmore

After our two drives through Custer State park we decided to head over to Mount Rushmore.  Mount Rushmore was the one thing that started our whole trip idea and we could not wait to see it in person!  

As you pass under the arched entrance the monument is straight ahead and tucked into the two sides are this state of Borglum and a memorial to all the workers.

Sadly, so much of what we had planned for our day on Mount Rushmore had to be scrapped because it was under construction.  I had looked so forward to seeing the avenue of flags and was so bummed that we could not go further than the gift shop.

This sign show everything that was closed.  After consulting the map we decided to get some ice cream from the and head over to the Sculptor's Studio.

At least I got to see most of the flags on display inside while waiting for our ice cream and I thought the lamps that looked like workers on the side of a mountain were so cute!

Once back outside we headed to the studio and talked about…