Our Simple, Intentional November

My heart behind As For My House is to share and inspire simple and intentional ways to serve the Lord and each other. At the end of each month I will share some of the ways the Lord provided my family and I opportunity to do this.

If you haven’t yet, make sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook where I share more of these moments as they happen…along with lots of other great encouragement. 🙂

Simple, Intentional November

playing at parkEarlier in the month (before the temp dropped to below 30 degrees) we got on bikes and headed to the park. One of the neighbor boys was playing in his front yard while his parents were talking outside. We decided to invite him to come. This was a very simple way for us to reach out to our neighbors. We’ve had them over for dinner now a couple times and are developing a great relationship with them.



Operation Christmas child shoe boxNovember is shoe box month. The kids and I spent an evening shopping and packing a couple shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We had a couple meltdowns when my youngest realized he couldn’t keep the toys we had bought – but it was a good opportunity to teach him about how giving is a blessing. We looked at pictures online of children who have received shoe boxes in the past. He was able to see how happy the gifts made these other children.


Thankfulness WreathThe week of Thanksgiving, the kids and I got out the scissors, glue and construction paper to make our Thankfulness Wreath. I found this idea on Pinterest. We cut out a circle in green construction paper about 1.5″ thick. Then, cut out the leaves in a variety of colors and sizes. I asked them to tell me all the things that they were thankful for as I wrote each down on a leaf (as you can see, some of them are kinda hilarious). After assembling it, we hung it up on the wall in our kitchen as a reminder of all the little things to be thankful for.


wpid-20151114_160435.jpgI love donating my hair. This month, my daughter and I went together to get our hair cut to donate. This was a great opportunity for her and I to serve together..and to teach to her about helping another child who is sick. We found a testimonial from one donation recipient on Youtube and watched it together. I saw a spark of compassion light in her eye as she saw the child with no hair. She is excited to do it again.


Thanksgiving DinnerWe spent Thanksgiving day with our neighbors (different ones than mentioned above). They are actually from the same town we are in California and are related to some of our friends there. We have also been attending the same church together. God definitely knew what He was doing when He had us move next door to these peeps! They have become our family. In this instance, they were the ones who were blessing us! They opened their home, created a wonderful atmosphere and made an amazing meal. So thankful for them!


Many of the greatest ways we serve Him are not the extravagant,
but the simple and intentional.

  6 comments for “Our Simple, Intentional November

  1. November 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Your blog makes my heart happy!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 1, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Thank you Lisa. You so sweet!! ❤


  2. November 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Mom
    December 2, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Grandma and grandpa are so thankful for you too. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  4. December 19, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Megan, I was so happy to catch up with you in this post–somehow I missed it until now. I have thought about you several times, wondering how you are doing in your new place. I am struck by how having young children help us to connect faster in new situations–so glad to hear that it has gone so well. Merry Christmas!

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    • December 19, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Kathie! You are so sweet 🙂 We are getting settled in. We’ve had a pretty crazy year with lots of new, fun, and sometimes really hard adventures. Merry Christmas to you too!! ❤

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