Can this last longer?

Can this last longer?

I seriously thought this Christmas, was one of the best ones yet.  We finally got to combine BOTH of our families, in the same day! WHAT?  It is SO hard to try to combine family holidays, because of scheduling, traveling, activities, presents, etc., but it happened!

The pictures will speak for themselves, but I truly hope to do that again! And Shane and I hosted our first big holiday at our new house for my family, which was awesome! First major holiday gathering is now in the books, and we can’t wait for the next one!  🙂

 

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R for Rochelle, L for Lamar!
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Emma and Brielle
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Me and baby girl!
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Jack in the Box with Papa
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My brother, Nathan and his daughter Emma
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Beyond precious!
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My mom and Brielle
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Ian, Emma, My mom and Brielle
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My sister in law, Amanda, Byran on the skype, and my nephew Isaiah
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Workin’ It!
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Windy hair, don’t care! 🙂
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Ian on the tractor
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Cousin lovin’!
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my parents, my brother, his son, Aiden and Brielle.
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My niece, Rae Rae and her son, Everett
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Everett!
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My nephew, PJ
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Shane didn’t fall off this time! 😉
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My sister in law, Julia
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My niece Rhyleigh
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Shane’s mom, Granny
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My sister in law, Amanda
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Isaiah riding Cotton!
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My sister in law, Andrea

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

This past month/season has brought about so many new and different emotions this year.  This is the first year that I have ever gotten involved in reading/doing the advent calendar/activities, and have read so much of the Bible, and truly appreciate and understand so much more than ever before.

This season also brought about new mixed feelings when it comes to Rochelle.  It’s so crazy to think that just one simple year ago, we were in the hospital waiting, hoping, and praying for good news that we could go home and enjoy the new year at home, as a family of four.  As I am growing in my relationship with the Lord, I am realizing that He gave us everything we had prayed for. He gave us healing, and comfort, and time.  He gave us undying strength, love, and affection.  He truly did give us everything we needed, at the exact time we needed it.

One of my favorite verses from the Advent series, that explains exactly how I feel, is when Elizabeth was speaking to Mary in Luke 1:39-45 and said

You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said.

Over this past year, our daily nighttime family prayers have become more deeper, and more meaningful than they ever were.  We are reminded daily from Luke 1:12 that

God has heard your prayers.

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the baby will be born Holy, and he will be called the Son of God.

I truly think that Brielle and I both benefited from exploring more into the birth of Jesus, and doing the daily coloring activities, which allowed us to explore deeper into an understanding of what I was reading.  I loved the fun baking activities, and I think our most favorite one, was when we got to donate to Ronald McDonald, Toys for Tots, and the Salvation Army.

We must never forget that time spent with our loved ones making memories, praying, and serving others is what will last forever, and truly that is what this entire season/holiday is all about.

**To learn more about Advent, and which journey I decided to embark on this year, click here.  I was so amazed by how  much time/effort Kara-Kae put into making a printable, that us moms(families) could use with our kids and teach them every day more about Jesus.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Johnsons

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Happy Holidays

The holidays are here, and what better way to celebrate, than to send people pictures of your perfect family, via a Christmas Card!

Well, have no fear, of course now that I got a nice expensive camera, I tried to take family pictures by myself, HA! Well, let’s just say, they all needed editing (because I picked a terrible afternoon time to do it!).  So, fast-forward 1 week and a half later, and having my mom take majority of the pictures (after I tried putting the camera in the right settings for her), worked out SO much better!

Here is our Holiday card from 2015! Enjoy! 🙂

They are en route to everyone as we speak, so I figured it was the perfect time to share them with you all as well! 🙂

 

 

My Christmas Wish List

I have wanted to post this list for a while now, but I kept feeling like I shouldn’t put out there what I need/want, when so many people out there, are going without.

It wasn’t until yesterday, after teaching/showing Brielle the importance of donating and helping others in need, that I decided it was ok for me to put out a few things that would make my Christmas a little better! And, it’s ok if I get nothing from the list! 🙂

Here are my top 5 Christmas gift requests!

  1. ‘I did my best Journal’ from Glam and Paper.  I am thinking about hopefully starting to write my first book next year, so I definitely need a journal to do it in! And how adorable is this thing? Rose Gold? Hello!

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2.  A brand-new Agenda! I have already been gifted a small one, but it doesn’t exactly fit everything I need, so I am keeping that one just for Brielle–related items.  This one is has enough room to write on each day, and the gold polka-dots won me over! They are so cute! I love me some Glam and Paper!

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3. These Kendra Scott earrings.  I have seen SO many people wear them, and I still love them! They don’t go “out of style”, and if you ask me, anything that is pink and gold is seriously a must-have! 🙂

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4.  A google play gift card. I am expanding my blogging reach, and trying to create/organize as best as I can, but that requires some apps that could better help me get it done! They are about $3.99/each and so a gift card would be the perfect way to help make that possible! $10 could go a long way! 😉

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5.  Last, but not least, is a new book! I love to read, and of course Oprah releases her complete book club list, and it makes me want to buy each one of them! I have actually read a few, but I would love to re-read them as an adult, and having a different outlook on life!  This one below looks rather interesting, but honestly, any of them would work! 🙂

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That’s all for now! I am super excited about giving gifts this year, and I tried some simple DIY ones, that I can’t wait to share, once they have opened them of course! 🙂

Happy Holidays, Everyone!