2017 Family Photo Shoot

I’m taking a break from the radio silence around here to share some favorites from this year’s family photo shoot. We try our best to find the time to take family pictures every year. Bryan hates this, I love it, and Finley’s somewhere in between (she hates posing but adores all the loving she gets from the other people at the park). Still, I’m always so glad we have these memories…and we do just so happen to have the world’s cutest dog!

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2016 Christmas Photo Shoot

Our sweet friend Leslie took some Christmas card pictures for us (with our sweet Finley girl), and they turned out great! We took these at our new house, and I know they will provide some special memories for years to come. Enjoy!

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2016 Christmas Bucket List

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Ready or not…it’s time for Christmas! Tomorrow is the first day of December (how in the world?!?), so I’m sharing some of the things we have on our bucket list this season.  What are you looking forward to doing with your family this Christmas?

  • Bake Christmas cookies.
  • Watch all of our favorite Christmas movies (Home Alone, The Holiday, Love Actually, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, etc.)
  • Pick out and decorate our tree together.
  • Take Christmas pictures with Finley.
  • Go see a Christmas show.
  • Have a date night and shop for stocking stuffers.
  • Listen to Christmas music every night while we make dinner.
  • Take a Christmas lights tour around town.
  • Go sledding (come on, snow!!!).
  • Sign up for an Angel Tree child.
  • Make some Christmas crafts.
  • Try a new holiday recipe.
  • Start some Christmas traditions in our new home.
  • Less busy, more time together.

Home Sweet Home {Christmas Edition}

Tis the season for Christmas home tours! I look forward to decorating our home all year. I love pulling decorations out of boxes (probably because I’m not the one that has to get them out of the attic) and thinking about the memories attached to certain items. I also LOVE seeing what other people have done in their homes and how families celebrate the season. Here are a few glimpses of our home all decked out for the holidays…

Merry Christmas, friends!

Friday Links {Christmas Edition}

Friday Links are a round-up of my favorite posts/videos/projects/photos from around the web.

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I honestly can’t believe Christmas is over.  December flew by, but it was such a rich, sweet season. We had such a wonderful time celebrating this season with our families.  We spent Christmas Eve with Bryan’s family and then went to the Family Christmas Eve service at our church. It is probably my favorite service of the entire year. The kids dress up as the characters from the nativity story, and we tell the story of Jesus’ birth as we celebrate the gift of love and peace. It is absolute chaos—kids screaming, crying, and laughing throughout the entire thing. I’m pretty sure Jesus would LOVE it! 🙂

We drove to my parent’s house after the service for dinner and some of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions—family game night, Christmas movies, and wine (which we need to get through family game night). We spent the night there and woke up open gifts from Santa (and yes, my sisters and I still put out cookies for Santa every single year). We spent the rest of the day visiting extended family, baking cookies, going to see Unbroken, and just being together. It was such a great Christmas!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, too! Happy Friday! XO

For your weekend reading pleasure…

  • There are a lot of posts about holiday decor circulating, and I love this one from House of Turquoise (especially the mantle).  Is it sad that I’m already excited about decorating next year??
  • This incredibly beautiful post from Ann Voskamp on suffering and Christmas.  God is so moved by our being entangled in suffering—that he moved himself into our world and entangled himself in the suffering with us. God with us.