Simple Christmas

First and foremost, I want to thank each of you who have been so thoughtful and called, emailed, messaged, or commented to check on me during my blogging absence. 
Y'all make my heart so full and you mean more to me than you'll ever truly know.
I appreciate YOU!!!
I hope each one of you had an incredibly blessed holiday season.
The beginning of the month of December seems like it was an eternity ago, yet I have no idea where the month went.
Here I go with my same old story different tune saga...
I am so disappointed in myself for not writing as often as I have wanted to over the past few months.
I truly have been working long hours and we all know how busy the holidays are.
I'm going to be honest and tell you that the next few months are expected to be quite busy as well.
But, I will find a way to keep writing.

Thankfully we were able to go home for a week during Christmas and be with our families.
We could not have asked for a better gift, especially after missing Thanksgiving this year.
My love language is quality time and I got an abundance of that during our trip home.
My cup overflows!

This year was the first year I did not put up any decorations. 
I know, gasp!
The only thing "Christmas" we had out was a simple nativity scene made by Willow Tree.
I keep the nativity out year round because I am always so moved by the story of the birth of Jesus, plus it reminds me of my best friend who gave it to me.
I have to be honest, not having to un-decorate has been fabulous!

 We celebrated Christmas at my Papa's in Dahlonega Friday night before Christmas Eve.
We had a wonderful meal and shared hours of stories and laughter.
 We stayed at my sister's after that since she lives next door and I was up late making a big batch of homemade cinnamon rolls.
I'm so jealous of her massive kitchen island.
On Saturday we all got up and ready and went to my Nana's for a Christmas Eve breakfast.
 My Nana's pug, Daisy, telling Molly a secret.
 We love pugs: Molly, Daisy, and Sanford!!
 Sanford showing off his new present from Santa: a UGA pillow pet
 Anna, Tiffany, Me, Sarah
My sister and me
After we left my Nana's we went to Brandon's Dad's side of the family to spend the rest of Christmas Eve.
 We played Cornhole, Pictionary, and ate a lot of really delicious food!
 Joy and me with our pups. Her dog, Sandy, is Bayla's sister.
 It was a bit cold for our Grandparents, but they were great sports as we tried to accommodate their needs!
 Brandon likes to aggravate his Granddad-he's the one who taught Brandon how to aggravate to begin with.
 I love seeing these two together.
 Brandon's uncle Randall and Noo.
Noo is from South Africa and dates Brandon's cousin, Cameron, who is coincidentally a missionary in South Africa.
The two actually met here in Georgia...funny how that works.
Anyway, she is fabulous and it was wonderful to finally get to meet her.
We had Christmas morning breakfast at Brandon's parents house, which is a Christmas tradition.
 Brandon's cousin, Alex, Brandon's brother, Russell, Grandad, and Brandon.
 Brandon's Papa
 Me and Sanford
 Brandon and Russell with two of their Grandparents.
 Part of our little family.
 Joy with her daddy-love this one!
 Brandon's cousin, Jenna, and her mama, Dawn
We went over to Brandon's Mimi and Papa's after lunch on Christmas to celebrate with them.
The food was wonderful, as you can see. We enjoyed a fabulous prime rib!
 Mimi always goes out of her way to make something special for everyone, even if the menu doesn't exactly go together.
For example, we had prime rib, turkey, ham, homemade mac & cheese, slaw, beans, congealed salad, rolls, and I can't even remember what else.
 For dessert, she really went above and beyond with homemade fresh coconut cake, which is Brandon's favorite,
Italian Cream Cake
 Red Velvet Cake
 and last but not least, German Chocolate Cake.
 We always open our stockings at Mimi and Papa's house
 Then we spent the rest of the evening playing games-Buzz Word, I think, and watching The Help.
After Christmas we spent some time at my Aunt Sharon and Uncle Greg's house eating more great food, playing games, and laughing and story telling together.
 Just Dance 3 was a huge hit!
 Everyone got a little something they wanted :)
All the cousins went to see the new Sherlock Holmes movies one night, too, and we all loved it!
We laughed through most of the movie-it was full of dry humor.
All in all it was a fabulous Christmas.
We are so blessed to have such wonderful families that enjoy spending time together and make it a point to always get together.
I thank God for that every day.
It wasn't about the gifts, but rather the time we spent making memories and remembering the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We played games, shared laughter and tears, shared great food and fellowship, and our faith.
What more could one ask for?

"But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 
Luke 1:30-33


  1. Wow! Glad to hear you're okay .... and that you got time with your family to relax and visit. 1) Love that pic of the dogs telling secrets. 2) I got an NC State Pillow Pet (for myself) ... LOve it! :)

  2. Glad you're back and had a nice holiday. Question - do you tan or use self-tanner? Just wondering how you keep that tan glow in winter! I'm jealous!

  3. I am glad to know that you are still alive & breathing that is always a big huge plus as well as bonus! I can see that you had a great time during Christmas with all the family :) I am glad it was great for you sweet girl!

  4. That sounds like a great time. Don't feel bad about not blogging, you're busy living life and that is always okay. I, too, didn't put up any decorations this year and I missed it for a minute, but didn't miss taking down. Have a great week!

  5. Glad to see you back! :) but no rush on posting...we all know how busy life can be at certain times! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas celebration with your families!

  6. Glad to see you back! :) Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas with family. I am so happy you did!

  7. I was actually thinking about you the other day :) So glad y'all had a merry Christmas with your families!

  8. Looks like a fabulous Christmas surrounded by people you love!! Take your time with blogging--we'll be here whenever you post!


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