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Sweet Home {in} Alabama…



I hope you won’t mind a picture heavy couple of posts. In case you missed us last week, we took a much needed trip away from home.  It was a time to regroup, have some fun again, be with friends, and let the boys be boys. ;)


Our first stop was in Northern Alabama to visit some dear friends of ours, Myra and Ernie.  We met years ago through this little thing called blogging and our friendship as families has grown into a beautiful thing. They have loved us so well from afar these past few months that I couldn’t wait to finally hug them all in person after several months apart. It was sooooo fun to be able to spend time together – whether it was in the fixing food in the kitchen, watching our boys get filthy, chats after we put our 6 boys to bed, spending time with their families, learning more about essential oils that are making such a difference for our family, or eating around their table, it was all time well spent.


The boys of course had an absolute BLAST on their family’s property and playing with their 5 year old son Ridley. No toys needed when you have sunshine, dirt, water, and animals to entertain! =) Those beloved cowboy boots got plenty of love on this trip.


Fishing was a highlight for {all} the boys. Although fishing with 6 boys isn’t exactly a relaxing night at the pond.


Thankfully the boys and  the fish cooperated. ;)  


The boys also LOVED their time at the barn with Myra’s parents feeding the animals. This calf, Pockets, quickly became their favorite.


Clark (our critter whisperer) was completely in his element.



We are so grateful for our time in their home, and the way they opened their doors to our family. {We don’t exactly travel light – there’s six of us after all!}


It was a great example to us on hospitality, kindness, and genuine love to be in their sweet home. So grateful for friends that God places in your life for a purpose that is beyond our understanding.


After saying our goodbyes and reluctantly loading the van with four boys who weren’t ready to leave “Boyland” or their buddy, we let them in on a surprise we had been keeping a secret all week.

We weren’t heading home, just yet…


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A BLUE Christmas with the Colts

colts 50 yard line family picture

The boys had an opportunity to play on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium over the weekend during the “Bleed Blue” Blood Drive event. It’s a great deal all around – Brad gives life, gets a free football, and the boys call score touchdowns on the same field our beloved Colts play.

bleed blue blood drive event lucas oil stadium colts

If only I had access to that field every cold day this winter!  Talk about a great way to run off some energy running 100 yards a 1/2 a dozen times!

Here’s some of the video highlights that are sure to make SportsCenter. ;)

colts bleed blue event lucas oil stadium


Love these boys and their competitive spirit and endless energy!  So thankful to be able to make memories like these with them!



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Christmas Traditions To Make The Season Magical


It’s a precious thing to behold Christmas through a child’s perspective. This year I’m soaking up these Christmas moments with my Littles while they last.  I know that the excitement, the innocence, the wonder, are depleting by the year. The way they light up when we plug in the tree for the first time, the way they react when they find their favorite ornament, how they serenade Brad as he puts up lights outdoors, and the anticipation of counting down the days, are all things that will be a little less on the “magic scale” come next Christmas.  Which is why we’re savoring it all the more this December.

So What Are Some Ways We Hold on to the Magic of the Season?

~ Walking downtown Indianapolis to take in the Circle of Lights, the reindeer, and the nativity

~ Dancing to Christmas music on Pandora

~ Watching some of our absolute favorite Christmas flicks together

~ Opening a door of their an advent house every morning of December

~ Decorating sugar cookies with grandma(s) ~ Allowing them to decorate their own kids’ tree

~ Sleeping under the tree on Christmas Eve

~ Caroling to neighbors and to the nursing home

~ Reading some of our favorite Christmas stories: The Polar Express, The Tale of  Three Trees, The First Christmas Tree, and others

~ Making Reindeer Food together


We’ve also been having fun with the North Pole Magic Mail, and the North Pole Communicator that Hallmark sent us this month. And the boys would love to decorate a Gingerbread House this year, so maybe we’ll add it to our yearly traditions if it’s not a complete disaster. Hopefully a lot of these traditions will continue for years to come, and perhaps one day they’ll carry on a few of these magical traditions with their own kids. Their spirit is contagious, and I hope we can spread some of that child-like wonder to family and friends this season. It’s all about enjoying the moments, celebrating the meaning, and soaking up their excitement this season. 


So How Do YOU Make the Most of This Magical Season?  What Traditions Do You Enjoy with Your Kids? What’s Your Favorite Way to Take It All In?

This post is part of a series that I’m partnering with Hallmark for during this month of December. I’m honored and grateful to be part of their “Life is a Special Occasion” campaign this December. 


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