Thursday, December 13, 2018


Look at that, we're making up some time and already to the end of November! November was easier schedule wise as we wrapped up soccer, but we jumped right into swim lessons which kept us hopping during the day. And before we knew it, we were to Thanksgiving week.

Thanksgiving was honestly a bit hard this year. I was going through some hard stuff that week, we as a family were having to make a big decision, and it's very possible that the kids were feeding off of some of our energy but they were giving us a run for our money too.  

We really had to just take a step back and focus on the important things, like our little family unit and really pressing in and showing love to each other. It was a good time of reflection. Just as our devotion last night reminded us, Christmas lights glow best in the darkness, that is how my reflection of that thankful holiday felt. Even if things were hard for that moment, the important and good things still shone through.

My grandma hosts several big family events at her home every year, and this was the first major holiday since my grandpa passed away in August. It certainly makes you appreciate the moments that our big ole family can still get together.

We've had enough holidays at her home that we went from one big table when I was a little kid to 2-3 big tables going every which way in her house now.  I hope someday my home looks the same was as hers with kids, grandkids, and what seems like a constant influx of great grandkids joining the ranks. 

I feel like Peter's motto reads the same way as Malachi's shirt "I'm just here for the pie"!

And then there's family traditions that have spanned since I can remember as the bingo cards are pulled out as everyone slowly digests their dinner. There is family everywhere, many conversations happening all at once. It's a fun time to catch up with cousins and watch all of our kids play together. 

Yep, there is always so much to be thankful for. It is nice to have a time of reflection over thanksgiving and now as we enter into the excitement of Christmas and the anticipation of a new year with new hopes and dreams!