18 Years of Christmas Pictures | personal

As long as I can remember, my mom sent out Christmas cards. This was hugely popular in the days before social media. Before everyone knew what you did on a daily basis, you’d send out a yearly recap of your year, followed by a photos of your family. I can remember how much I loved reading my moms newsletters. Hearing, in her words, how proud she was of me was always so exciting. I also loved getting these cards in the mail from family and friends. It was the highlight of Christmas for me! And even though I get my own cards from friends and family, I still love to go to my parents house and read the cards they have received. A lot of the cards are from families who have been sending them for 20+ years. It’s so, so cool!! In recent years, however, I’ve noticed this yearly tradition has died down. I’m not sure if it’s the introduction of Facebook that has people thinking the concept is too old – but I’m still very much on the Christmas Card bandwagon, and have continued on in my moms footsteps, sending out a yearly photo of my own family. I hope I keep it going until all of my kids have their own families. Plus, what a cool way to see how much your family grows and changes then through a collection of yearly photos! I know I’m grateful for my parents photo traditions, and I know my kids will be too.


Years: 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 00, 02 and 2003.



Happy Thanksgiving!

those who know me, know that my heart is grateful every day of the year. it’s hard for me to find an area of my life that isn’t filled with abundant blessings. and yes, I’ve felt this way even during seasons of fear and uncertainty. God has given me more than I ever imagined. More than I deserve. He has given me more.

today I’m especially grateful for the 5 incredibly special people that make up my family. I am blessed to be married to my very best friend, and to be the mom of four such amazing little souls. my life is full and I am happy and nothing will ever compare to what God has so graciously given me.

Happy Thanksgiving!!