Merry Christmas 2020

16 December 2020

 Hello, readers and friends! I just wanted to check in. This year feels so different. I can't believe how our calendar has been emptied of so many things. Right now we would be in the thick of Messiah performances, parties, church dinners, and school programs. As much as I have missed many of these I wonder if next year I will long for the slower, more peaceful season we've had this year? 

The most exciting thing we have is that our oldest daughter, Lauren is returning home from her mission TOMORROW! We are so, so excited. It's been 18 months since we've seen her and we've been able to handle all that 2020 has thrown at us so far but I can't wait to get a hug from my girl.  I've been trying to prepare a picture book as a gift of her mission experiences and have uploaded most of it but have decided that she needs to be involved in the final editing so it won't be much of a surprise! I'm using Persnickety Prints and will let you know how it all goes! I am trying to edit all of our family pictures from the beginning and want to put them in books so this may be a good starter project to see how it turns out and if we want to go this route for the other books.

I really don't have any more pictures that are much different from last years. I seriously look at my own blog to remember how to decorate each year! So that's my tip for you is to take pictures of your decor so you don't have to overthink where everything goes. It's also handy to pull up if you see something in a store and wonder if it will fit in with what you already have. I did find these sweet little red berry wreaths you see in these pictures at a store called Coming Home in Orem. The same women that bought for the Tai Pan Trading stores have moved to this store if I understand it all correctly. Go check it out if you are local! 

If you still need gift ideas, here are links to

I hope to be more on it next year with updating everything but I probably say that every year?? I did want to share a favorite song I've been listening to that my SIL Maryn shared -- I had never heard it? All is Well by Carrie Underwood and Michael W. Smith  So, so beautiful.

ALSO, completely random but my sister, Kristin has been looking for this vase and we were going to get it for her birthday and it never was in stock. It just came in stock last night if anyone is looking! And the Walmart I was at yesterday was already marking Christmas items on clearance. Don't be jealous of the sweater I snagged for $5! I literally laughed out loud when I saw it and knew it had to be mine. 

I hope you are able to have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas. If you want to see a beautiful depiction of the birth of the Savior, this is my favorite.  Merry, merry Christmas to each of you. ♥

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