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Christmas in Iowa

For us Christmas is a week long affair. Jeremy and I come from large families and getting everyone together is important to both sides. As result, we've gotten into the habit of celebrating three times: once in Iowa with my family, once just us at home, and once with Jeremy's family.

Our first celebration this year was with my family in Iowa.  It was a great a visit. We stayed with my sister Sarah and her family. Ten years ago Sarah was headed down a pretty rough road so now it's extra sweet to spend time with her and her beautiful family. My heart bursts with happiness and pride when I see the lovely life she's created for herself and how dedicated and selfless she is as a mom. It's a funny feeling when you start to "look up" to your younger sister.

I would have liked to have taken more pictures but here are few moments we did capture on film.

while we there my littlest sister, angel, got baptized!

little lady adores her oldest cousin, aubry, and sat
shockingly still as aubry did her hair and nails

girl cousins: aubry, isabell, & little lady

uncle james and the boys. the boys are engrossed in a christmas movie.
it's hilarious how animated they are while watching television. 

snow play

gift opening aftermath

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