Sisters, friends, blessed.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas 2016

Our Christmas was extra special this year because Grandma came to be with us!! The weather was a bit treacherous, but God got her safely here.
All three made it through the sister sleep over this year (much to Piper's relief, Bryndel was much quieter this year!).
Hadley & Piper enjoyed testing out their new scooters, indoors!
Good helpers with the punch ring. And then, Grandma arrived with a special gift for Bryndel... her very own American Girl Doll!!! As you can see, she was ecstatic and enamored with Maryellen:)

In many ways, we just 'survived' our first Christmas without Dad. But in other ways, we found joy too. Just thinking about what the angels must sound like in heaven on Christmas, is enough to bring a smile through the tears. We will continue to choose joy in the New Year. Sure love you, Mom!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve 2016

It was a beautiful Christmas Eve just the five of us. Early church, followed by the big football game, some sledding, and a delicious dinner.

We are so blessed by the gift of our good health, our happy family, and God's own son.  We can feel extra heavenly love being showered down upon us this year, with both our dads celebrating their first Christmas in heaven. God is good.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Graham Family Christmas 2016

We celebrated 'Graham style' last weekend. Which means: hallways of secret Santa stockings, 10 happy and noisy cousins running loose, and an abundance of love. And while it was a difficult Christmas in many ways, we still found joy in so much of it. Dad's absence continues to make our hearts ache, but God's goodness also continues to carry us through. We are blessed. And thinking about Dad celebrating Jesus' birth with the angels this year, is pretty awesome.
We started the weekend off right by celebrating Grandma's birthday!
Everyone's favorite: matching jammies, or 'Grammies' as Bryndel calls them :)

Cylas thoroughly enjoyed being Hadley's secret Santa!
Hugging Grandma for the enormous Lego set she gave them!
Nathan had these shirts specially made to honor Kyle's dad who was often seen wearing one :)
We finished the weekend by watching Grandma at her Christmas cantata, it was wonderful!