The calm before the chaos of Christmas wrapping paper and gifts galore! How wonderfully blessed we all were this Christmas with gifts from each other. Again Grammy and Pawpaw were with us this Christmas morning to enjoy watching the little ones open presents. Gayley was so funny exclaiming “This is the Best Christmas Ever!”, over and over. Elijah and Morgan nailed it with all their thoughtful gifts to everyone, big brother gifts rock! Hanson was so sweet about the gifts he selected for everyone from his schools gift shop. All of kids were super suprised and excited with their gifts and cash/checks from Pawpaw and Mammaw. It was a day full of abundance of love, thoughtfulness, glee, suprise and laughter! Merry Christmas indeed!
20 years ago the Lord blessed Trey and I with our firstborn son on Christmas Eve! Elijah James Garrett is truly our pride and joy and I thank God every day for granting us the honor of being his parents. He has been a wonderful son all these 20 years and we have enjoyed doing so many things with him from taking him to library story time as a toddler to coaching him at T-ball, watching him play baseball and soccer and Upwards basketball and then youth, high school and college lacrosse even becoming a high School All American in lacrosse! He has excelled and done wonderfully all throughout his academics and has never been a difficult child, we have been truly blessed. So for his 20th Birthday, Christmas Eve, we drove two hours away to Bear Creek, Alabama so that he could pick out his very own German Shepherd puppy. He has long for one for so many years and we were so happy to have found a breeder with a litter of puppies and would let him come pick out his birthday pup on his actual birthday.
It was a very hard decision and he narrowed it down to one boy and one girl but in the end he decided upon the little orange collared girl. She still has to stay with her mama for a few more weeks and and it’s going to be so hard waiting till January 19 to pick her up but what a wonderful day that will be! I pray that this Birthday puppy will bring Elijah so much joy and happiness and will be a great companion throughout all his twenties and even into his thirties. Also that she will give him and drive and purpose and a focus and that they will have many adventures and memories together. We love you Elijah so much and we are so happy for you to have found your sweet German Shepherd gal!
This year we decided to try a new Santa and we are very pleased we did. It was quite a task getting everyone’s work schedules and Santa hours figured out but we did and I’m so thankful to have all 7 of our kids in our Santa photo again this year. There were no long lines seeing this Santa, in fact he could see us so quickly that we had to step aside and let others go while we waited for Elijah and Morgan to arrive. Hanson was super excited to see Santa and Gayley softly rubbed his beard between her fingers. It was a wonderful Santa visit!
Our little town had the longest Christmas parade I’ve even been to. This year Jordan marched with the high school and middle school bands playing his flute. Joseph flipped and tumbled the entire parade route with his former cheer team and Mary could have road with the softball girls but she wanted to be a spectator with her bestie instead of a participant. Hanson and Gayley had a blast seeing all the floats and horses and had a full gift bag of candy by the time we left. Joseph even made it on tv doing his tumbling in a deer costume. It was a very Merry Christmas parade🎄!
How lucky were we to get such perfect snow before Christmas which of course made for a great photo shoot to get pics for our Christmas card! So thankful that ALL my kiddos made their Mama’s day allowing me to take these photos! Priceless. Our diva baby girl of course had no qualms in posing! So photogenic!!
We had the most wonderful snow and thankfully it wasn’t like the Ice Appocalipse in 2014 that iced over all the roads making it impossible to drive. We had about 6 inches of the fluffiest nicest snow to play in and we were still able to drive! The older kids played in it all day but it took longer gearing up to go outside for Hanson and Gayley then they actually stayed out and played. The next day we went out to the farm and it was so beautiful. Everyone loved visiting the neighbors horses. So picturesque in the glistening snow.