2017 PROJECT 52 | SEPTEMBER to DECEMBER

A few of my favorite pictures from end-of-the-year 2017 Project 52.

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Peace | One Year Later

It has been one year since my mom went to walk with our Lord and Savior, free of all the physical pain she was experiencing on Earth.  I thought for the longest time that I would never write a post about my mom’s passing because what is there to say?  But it has now been a year without hearing her voice, giving her a hug or having her hold my girls.  I feel like there is A LOT to say but what I want to focus on is how great our God is.

I expected to break down.  I honestly thought that at some point during this year I would completely break down.  Mother’s Day without mom, the birth of our baby girl without mom, Peyton’s birthday without Gramma, a trip back to Indiana without mom, my first birthday without mom, our first Thanksgiving without mom, our first Christmas without mom, our first you-name-it without mom.

But God.  

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Christmas Happenings | 2017

The post I’ve been putting off for far too long now — our 2017 Christmas festivities/traditions that I’m affectionately calling Christmas Extravaganza because it’s going to be a monster of a post (because…. pictures!!).

You can see us putting our tree up here and the girls in their Christmas dresses here (you don’t want to miss that one – these girls are adorable!!).

But the parts that you haven’t seen are….

Making Christmas cookies!  Peyton was struggling with not licking her fingers (because she’s 2.5 and all the icing and crumbs go straight to her mouth!) so we put her in charge of the sprinkles.  And she loved it!  Sloane got to icing her first cookie this year – what a sweetie, trying to steal a lick!

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Trimming the Tree

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, after family headed back home to Indiana, we put up our tree.  Peyton was so excited to help.  She was digging into the box of ornaments faster than Forest and I could keep up with her.  She tried to help with the lights too – you’ll see a picture below – and it was the cutest thing seeing how proud she was of her handiwork.  My favorite part of our tree is the personal ornaments – vacations or homemade ones and ones that show our growing family.

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