Joy to the World!

Joy to the world!

Joy to the world!

Back to the daily grind.

Chris had a two-week vacation following his six weeks working an internship nearby, so we had him home every night for eight weeks. It was bliss. But, now we’re back to the rest of life, and he has moved on to a new internship a few hours away. We’re definitely on the down-hill side of this crazy schedule we’ve been keeping, and I’m very grateful.

Sweet Christmasy moments after church.

Sweet Christmasy moments after church.

Christmas was wonderful. We had so much fun, and I thought I’d recap it a bit for you. This is going to be a photo-heavy post. I hope you don’t mind… *snicker*.

Preach it girl!

Preach it girl!

Preparing to take our Christmas family photo.

Preparing to take our Christmas family photo.

Joy in the little things

Joy in the little things

Crushing peppermints to make Christmas goodies!

Crushing peppermints to make Christmas goodies!

She is a pretzel-dipping pro!

She is a pretzel-dipping pro!

Tasty!

Tasty!

Proud of her creations!

Proud of her creations!

Noelle and cousin Alden

Poppy and her cousin

Decorating cookies with friends!

Decorating cookies with friends!

We opened gifts with my parents and brother’s family on Christmas Eve. After years of celebrating Christmas morning, this new tradition has been really new and nice and special.

These two on Christmas Eve cannot get any sweeter...

These two on Christmas Eve cannot get any sweeter…

My beautiful family

My beautiful family

Had to share this one of Alden checking out his book for the first time!

Had to share this one of A checking out his book for the first time!

Sweet Daddy and Daughter moments

Sweet Daddy and Daughter moments

Christmas Day is spent at my grandparents’ home. I’ve only ever missed one Christmas, and we take the same photos each year. It’s so awesome to be able to look back and see how the family has grown. Stones of remembrance…

My grandparents have been married for more than 50 years and now have a 26+ person family gathered around them! This is them with their grands and great-grands.

My grandparents have been married for more than 50 years and now have a 26+ person family gathered around them! This is them with their grands and great-grands.

The four littlest girls in the family sporting their new festive tutus.

The four littlest girls in the family sporting their new festive tutus.

Can't get enough of them!

Can’t get enough of them!

Aren't they they cutest?!

Aren’t they they cutest?!

Noey and Cinderella

Poppy and Cinderella

Minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Our sweet girl

Our sweet girl

Love this look!

Love this look!

Can never read the story of the manger to my girl too many times.

Can never read the story of the manger to my girl too many times.

Beautiful baby!

Beautiful baby!

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Luke 2:14

 

 

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