What a wonderful whirlwind Christmas weekend is! Am I right?
Christmas breakfast and lunch we spent with my family, and that afternoon we drove to Savannah to spend some time with J’s family.
It was a day of laughter, giving, light sabers, and delicious food. My cousins are my friends and my in-law family have become very special to me, so I felt surrounded all day by love and tradition and cheer (to add a little holiday cheese.) I love that even as a married adult, my parents still desire to create the same kind of Christmas as when we were kids. I know it won’t always be like this, the older we get, when we start having our own children, but right now it’s special.
When in Savannah we adventured around the marsh, played games, visited other family, and ate even more yummy food. I’m thankful for the friendships I have found in my new in-law family, my new siblings.
Those are the words that characterized my Thanksgiving week. (Besides family, of course.) How was yours?
We had quite the full week, as I imagine many others did. With both of our families in town, we pray for wisdom and grace in balancing time during the holidays. Coming off of it, I’m a little sleepy, but extremely grateful and full of joy over the time we had with our family. All the siblings came into town, we visited with aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents. We ate lots of delicious food and hung out by the campfire at night (because during the day is was 70 degrees! Hello, south Georgia). The guys went hunting and shot skeet. We — my sister, mom, and I — went shopping in honor of Black Friday, and watched Christmas movies as we decorated for December.
You’re in a season of life full of change and growth and discovery. You’re figuring out who you are, who you want to be, and who will be with you during the ride. You’re smart, beautiful, passionate, and loyal. As you go on, remember that you will make mistakes, and it’ll be okay. More than okay, because in those moments, you’ll learn. There is so much grace to be lived in, given to you by a Heavenly Father who loves you and by family who loves you so dearly. You made our unit a foursome, and it’s been a great ride. You have been my best sister friend, my Disney rides buddy, the girl I matched Easter dresses with, the one I shop with, the one I love to laugh with at family traditions. I’m so happy you’ll always be in my life, that you’ll always be close. You have so many great things ahead of you, and I want to encourage you to soak up every minute. Choose joy over negativity, choose courage over fear, choose compassion, choose love. Take care of yourself, emotionally, physically, and mentally. You aren’t meant to be everything for everybody. Find out what you’re passionate about, find the people who build you up and sharpen you, seek the Lord, and enjoy this beautiful life you have. Take risks, be adventurous, but be smart. You live with your decisions, and you can make your life whatever you want it to be! You have the strength in you. I’m proud of you, K. Proud to be your big sis. Embrace your quirks, be gracious to those who aren’t the least bit like you. I’m still learning such things, and want you to have the fullest life you can. Thank you for teaching me about style, makeup, and pharmacy facts. Remember God is with you every single second, wanting to love and help and provide for and guide and change you. He has big, great plans for your life, seek Him with your whole heart and He will satisfy you like nothing else. I love you forever and always. I’ll always be your best big sister friend, in your corner, ready to fight off the crazies or be your cheerleader. I hope and pray this is the best year yet — full of fun, love, adventures, and growth.