So… December is pretty much gone. Wow. How? I’m not sure. Regardless… it was an amazing month! It was filled with traveling, friends, family, CHRISTMAS, Advent, eating, more eating, and so much more. In case you want a recap… really it’s just for me to process all that’s happened… here’s some pictures from our December:
December really started when Jacob and I flew to Minnesota for our Praying Pelican Missions Winter meetings. Ya’ll… I love my job and I adore the people we get to call co-workers. The staff live all of the country, from here in Alabama to California to Arkansas to Pennsylvania… EVEN DELAWARE (you forgot it was a state too, didn’t ya?) Seriously… they are the best. We talked about everything from taking care of our full-time missionaries better to what happens to a woman’s body when ya breastfeed… all interesting.
Meetings… yep. Thankful for the vision, passion, heart, family that is sitting in that circle.
Our meetings were hosted in scenic Duluth, MN. It’s a super cute place… and super cold.
This is the AMAZING Costa Rica staff – me, Laura, Nate (him and his family will be moving down to Costa Rica in June), and Jacob
While in Duluth, Minnesota, I got to reconnect with my first team EVER from this summer. I got to hear them share about their experience with their home church and our PPM staff. It was so great to be with them for a short time again. This group is absolutely amazing! Some of the PPM girls with some yummy fudge and the lift bridge.
THEN… after a few days at home, Jacob and I escaped to Gatlinburg, TN, to celebrate FIVE YEARS of marriage. Can ya believe it? Some days it only feels like we’ve been married for 5 days… and others it feels like 50 years. I love marriage. I love my hubby. I wouldn’t want to do life with anyone else… and I don’t think anyone else could love me like Jacob does.
A retreat together for a few days was just amazing. I strongly encourage ALL married couples go off for time away TOGETHER a couple of times a year. OH MY GOODNESS… it’s so needed! I feel like a new woman after time away like that.
You like his model pose don’t ya?
I’m so thankful for the past 5 years… they’ve been the best. I’m looking forward to the next 50!
After a few days of just us, the family came up for the a couple of days. We had a great time walking the streets of G*burg, riding go-karts, playing arcade games, eating, playing lots of games, and just having family time.
This is the HUMUNGOUS house we stayed in. It doesn’t look enormous in this picture, but people, this place was 4 stories! It just kept going! It was immaculate with the most exquisite decor! So thankful we were able to stay here because of my mom-in-law’s awesome co-worker!
Go-karting was fun! I felt like I was driving Miss Daisy… my car was so stinking slow. Jacob lapped me! Ugh. Oh well!
THEN… it was Christmas… Eric’s FIRST Christmas with us! It was great… so great, in fact, I will let it have its own post. I went into this Advent season with so many expectations for what things were going to be like… and what I thought things should be like. Although not all my expectations were met how I thought they should have been and I didn’t do everything I wanted to make it all magical and not everything happened the way I planned it in my mind… IT WAS AMAZING! It was a Christmas that I will never forget and forever cherish.