Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Simple {Christmas}

Christmas this year was simple and beautiful. So much time with family, relaxing, food, and more.

One highlight this year was Braden's extended family party - we did the spiritual thought and put together bookmarks for people to answer "My gift to Christ is..." I thought about this again and again for weeks. I want to think about what I am giving back to Christ year round, for he has given us the greatest gift of the gospel and eternal life. 

 

We had our traditional Christmas Eve party at my mom's house, mostly to celebrate my Grandpa's 85th birthday. It's always so fun and so happy.






Then the Christmas Eve tradition of opening up some jammies!


 

And Christmas morning came...


^ This gift was definitely the highlight, from Avee to Braden. The cutest doll ever (definite sarcasm...talk about creepy).


And of course our Christmas Day was the very best because we got to Skype with my cute sister missionary in Guatemala! She is doing so well and we are so proud of her.

Christmastime is truly the very best - to spend time with family and reflect on all the many gifts Christ has given us. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

{Baby Bauer's Blessing}

Baby Blessings are the sweetest events. We had the special opportunity to attend Baby Bauer's blessing on Sunday and his dad gave him the sweetest blessing. Loved being their to celebrate with them and share in this special, spiritual moment. 

 



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gratitude :: A Heart of Thanksgiving

I did a terrible job taking photos this year at Thanksgiving but honestly, I think I enjoyed it more than ever. I relished in the moment with dear friends and family. We went to a little friendsgiving with our dear friends, Sarah and Becca the week before Thanksgiving and it was so fun. It really helped to bring the spirit of gratitude to the season.

This year, I think I am most grateful for love. It sounds so cheesy and cliche but love of friends and family, love shown through service, love and passion, make life so much better. 

Friendsgiving



^ This turkey was amazzz. Becca did an incredible job!







Family Thanksgiving



Family thanksgiving is always special. Its fun year over year to see who has joined the family and how things have evolved. I love my special family and my heritage. These are all incredible people! Lots of people not pictured here.