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Christmas 2016

I'm way late in posting Christmas pictures but you are just going to have to bear with me. 2017 has gotten off to a bit of a rough start; we've had rashes, pink eye, ear infections, stomach bugs, etc. My 2017 resolution was to not get caught up in to do lists and agendas but to focus on relaxing and enjoy the humdrum of everyday life. Maybe, all this sickness has been a good thing because less than three weeks in and I've already had lots of practice. I've had to coach myself several times that it's ok to just rest...to just continue to sit still and cuddle.


We really enjoyed the Christmas season. Jeremy was able to take 11 days straight off of work! In past years we've traveled a lot but this year we made it a point to spend some restful days at home. It was going to be just our little family but then we found out my baby sister Angel could come visit and we quickly jumped at the chance. She has less than two years of college left and we realize that pretty soon it will be a lot harder to steal her away for a couple days. 


We included Angel in our yearly Christmas traditions: having the kids pick out their favorite light displays, singing at a nursing home on Christmas Eve, serving Jesus's birthday cake for breakfast, jammed packed stockings, etc.










This year Jeremy surprised me with a new tradition. Usually, we just fill up stockings with random little things but this year I had twelve days of gifts - spoiled, I know! He came up with twelve things that he enjoys about me and gave me a gift to represent each one. I lucked out with that man - he has my heart bursting with love. 






Even with making an effort to spend some quiet days at home we were still able to visit both Jeremy's and my family during the Christmas season. It was a blessing to be able to celebrate with them. There are cousins on both sides...and I don't know what it is but there is something extra special about cousin love. 







Mini Man saw me going through these pictures and said he wished would could have a couple Christmases a year. Trying to teach contentment I told him we should be thankful for the sweet time that we had and that the memories are something we can forever cherish. I do, however, agree with him...I wouldn't mind more days/weeks like these.

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