love and cheer

with christmas approaching,
we've slowly, but steadily 
been working on gifts for our families.
we've done a little decorating,
a little baking,
a little crafting (as in making a paper angel to sit atop our tree).
yesterday i put together our christmas card.
i don't usually mail one out.  
the cards are usually just an edited photo i give in passing at 
holiday events and gatherings.
this year our photo card is pretty cute and pretty chill.
i put it together from a photo shoot we did this summer 
(when the kids ages were 2,3 & 4)
with my amazing and talented friend,
(you might remember these incredible photos, taken by her in 2010).     
this year i told her i didn't want anything too fussy or too posey.
i wanted "us" in all our messy hair, dirty faces,
 elephant shirt and butterfly dress glory.
i think she nailed it.
i thought i would share the photos here,
in case our paths don't cross this holiday season.
i thought i would also share my most 
sincere hope for your blessed holiday.
Joy to the world,
The Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King.

Merry Christmas!


  1. Lovely! The ones of you and Gary rock!! Sherilyn

  2. love those photos:) what a beautiful family! lori

  3. LOVE the pics! You have a beautiful family! I want to see you in the new year. Have a great Christmas!!!

  4. Sooo love. I {ahem} haven't even started on ours. I know. Worst procrastination ever. ☺

  5. no words. just beauty. ALL OF YOU. Joy to you and yours, lovie. PS - you're so hot.

  6. nailed. and love. i second that ps. (xo)

  7. your family is breathtaking. the photos are absolute perfection. stopping in to your blog is always such a treat. i love love love your photos, your creativity, your take on things. thank you.