The remainders of dropped food and silken flower petals have been swept up. Folding white chairs have been collapsed and stacked neatly in the garage, awaiting their Monday return to the rental store. Furniture and wall hangings have been dragged back in from the garage, and are slowly resuming familiar places. Family members have been hugged again and again as well-wishes were called out to them. Car doors have been slammed, horns honking at one another, and goodbyes have been waved from my front porch.
And Christmas? That blessed holiday that consumed my thoughts for the past month or more... well it seems like it was decades ago. I realized that I hadn't shared any photos or thoughts from Christmas, when we were suddenly thrust into "Operation Have a Wedding on a Dime." I will be sharing a ton of sweet photos and memories from the blessed event, but before I do that, I wanted to share a bit of our Christmas with you before the New Year hits and I totally forget.
funny memories over a ham grinder. This is the very same grinder I used to help my mama with when she made her special ham-pineapple loaf for Christmas. Loved making it for my kiddos.
Jesus being born.
sunshine pouring into my kitchen.
sweet moments mid-Christmas morning as kiddos play and relax.
your Christmas cards. I can't tell you how it blesses our hearts to get your sweet cards even though most of you, we've never even met! So fun! (And next year I am going to TRY to get some cards out myself.)
quiet moments, not the flurry.
the candle-lit service which is always sweet. I love singing Silent Night and lifting my single candle in unison with hundreds of other candles and sweet voices. Then we rushed to grandma's house for Christmas eve celebrating. Then home to
bed. Then up again with grandparents on the doorstep for breakfast (and mimosas) at eight.
And then we let the kiddos tear into their gifts. The weekend highlights
included laughing over this book. Eating eggnog french toast made by my man. Watching my man set up a hiking tent
in the kitchen. Opening up a box of slippers that contained three slippers. Going to see Saving Mr. Banks.
Crying during the movie. (It was very sweet.) Dealing with the child that was requiring a lot from us, as he was in full blown meltdown by the evening of Christmas day... and finally sinking down on my mattress, mumbling a prayer of thanks for family, loved ones, and children's bedtimes before hitting the ground running for wedding prep the next morning. Ha!
And now... I shall nap.
(But...I will return soon with tons of great wedding ideas that will save $ and look cute.)