I love the quiet moments of the Christmas season. But at 4AM yesterday as I soothed a coughing toddler, and scrolled Pinterest for freezer meal plans as we prepare for Connor's birth in a few moths, I thought about how little silence was likely found in that first Christmas experience.
I'm a big advocate for creating your own family traditions—even as a pre-kids family of two! Jared and I married in September 2008, which meant the holiday season beckoned right around the corner from our autumn wedding day. At that point, we still lived in California, a 30-minute drive from my parent’s house and much of my extended family. His grandma also lived in close proximity, and his parents were a day’s drive away in Oregon. We love our families and have many fond memories of holiday celebrations together, that December we had a choice to make about our inaugural Christmas holiday. We decided to celebrate as a family. Just the two of us.
Growing up in church, advent meant a calendar with fun little doors to open and treats or pictures counting each day from the 1st until December 25th. As an adult, I…
Happy Thanksgiving Y'all! I can't think of a better way to start this Thanksgiving week than by sharing one of our favorite family traditions: our Book of Thanksgiving.