Holiday Snippets .

As I glanced out my front door and caught sight of frost-covered pumpkins sitting next to cedar cuttings ready to be turned into wreaths, I realized that this holiday season, my favorite, has surely snuck up on me. In our little, unincorporated town, where Dairy Queen is the social hub (true story and I love it!), we've experienced the most beautiful Christmas season that we've known as a family. Last week, we woke up to eight perfect inches of snow that transformed our home into a scene straight out of a magazine. 
Over the next few days, we took our time trimming our home and the tree, adding tidbits to it every day or so, its main decoration our favorite photos from the year, printed in black and white, strung all over. And I've come to realize that this season, the one that makes my throat catch hard as I relive all of the memories hanging on our tree, as I see the pure delight of Christmas in my boys, as I live out each day taking in the graces of these moments-- it's beautiful because it reminds me of all that is here and all that has been given to me. The now. The gifts of today. Even though our decorations are small in number, they weigh heavy on my heart scale. I hope it stays that way.





Much love,
Merry Christmas from our home to yours.
Signing off to spend much needed time with my little ones and husband,

x.

honored to be sharing here today // joining this because of the traditionist in me

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Merry Christmas. x

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, Bethany! Also, I should probably go ahead and wish you a Happy New Year! : ) Hope it starts off wonderfully, friend.

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  2. Wishing you a wonderful holiday Merry Christmas!

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    1. Jenna,
      It was so wonderful. I hope yours was also. And now, we wait for that sweet baby to arrive! So excited for you : )

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  3. A very Merry Christmas! I'm sad we won't be spending time in each others homes this holiday season as we had imagined. Thanks for sharing via photos. I may have to do a walk around the house and post a first-in-forever blog post as well :) You are inspiring. ((hugs))

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    1. ((Beth---YES, PLEASE on the blog post!)) :)

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    2. A big yes on the blog post and a bigger yes to you coming to visit and an even bigger yes to the three of us meeting up for a get together. Erin, all we need is for you to fly here! I'm totally IG'ing John about this plan : )

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  4. What beautiful snippets! I pray your Christmas is both Merry and Bright filled with laughter and joy (and lot of yummy treats! duh.) (:

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    1. Oh goodness, you are nice! It sure was full and probably a little too full on the yummy treats side of things, wink wink : ) Hope your holiday was wonderful too. Happy New Year!

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  5. Merry Christmas to you! Lovely decor and trimmings!!

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    1. Thank you, Susanna! I feel so spoiled to have beautiful cedars and greens in my back yard!

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  6. So beautiful. Merry Christmas, from our volcano to yours. ;)

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    1. haha! I knew you would appreciate that line : ) I hope you (and John!) see my comment above. I'm serious. We need to do this!

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  7. I always want to cry happy tears when I visit here. Thank you for sharing snippets of your beautiful life!

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    1. Jenny,
      You are so kind. Oh my goodness. I just put this together-- I'll be in Minneapolis for the Desiring God conference in February for an entire week. We need to finally do this meeting thing! Want to? Email me if you have a chance-- sarahkatebranine@gmail.com I would LOVE to get together with you!

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