H E L L O!
Holy moly, these past few weeks have been a whirlwind and now it's December 11th and I can't believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away - WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?
We have been so busy lately and sadly my time to blog sort of fell to the wayside . . . but I'm back and I'm ready to go again. YAY!
What better way to kick off the month of December than to talk about Christmas , because HELLO it's almost CHRISTMAS!!!!!
#20daysuntilChristmas #Icanhardlywait #JustcallmeBuddytheElf #Christmasobsessed
This is our first Christmas, or Texmas, as the locals call it and we've loved it so far! It's been a bit strange not having frigid cold weather and snow . . . the other day I actually kept saying how I wished it would just get a little bit colder and that I missed the snow . . . and then BAM, THIS happened.
Y'all . . . IT SNOWED!
I was beside myself with excitement and it just made for the most magical night ever.
I love me some snow.
I really just love this time of year - it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. I keep getting asked if I miss being back with our families during this time of year, and of course I do - I wish more than anything that we could all be together in one place, but we just can't right now. To be honest, it has been especially hard living far away now while we have our nieces and nephews and knowing that we're missing so much of their childhood - but what I've realized over the years is that living far away comes with the realization that there is so much to be grateful for even in times when it may not feel like it.
When we moved down here in the fall, Taylor and I were actually pretty convinced that we weren't going to make it home for Christmas - we had brand new jobs, not a lot of money and it just wasn't looking promising, but with the help of our parents and some very understanding and wonderful companies, we are going home.
Before we actually knew that we were going home for Christmas, I had this realization that this would be the first Christmas that we wouldn't be with either of our families . . . and I broke down in major tears.
I was completely devastated and I remember sitting on our bed in a blubbering mess telling Taylor that I was going to do whatever it took to get home for Christmas. It didn't matter what I had to do, we we're going and that was final . . .
And now as I sit here and reflect on that day, I think about how I could've easily shifted my thinking and instead of choosing to wallow in my sadness, like I did - I could've decided right then and there to make the best of an unfortunate situation.
I could've, and should have sought out gratitude in that moment. Gratitude for all of the blessings that we have - I'm married to my best friend and somebody that I adore more than anything else. We have a warm home. We have good jobs. We have food. We're healthy. And we are surrounded by friends, who feel like family.
If we hadn't had the chance to go home for Christmas, you can bet that we would've done everything in our power to make the first Christmas with just the two of us the BEST one yet.
This year we are fortunate that we are able to go home and I pray that next year will be the same way, but you just never know and if next year comes around and we're unable to go home, well than I'm looking forward to mine & Taylor's first Christmas with just the two of us.
I really believe in the power of seeking out gratitude in all that you do. Even when it feels like you have next to nothing, there is always something to be grateful for. God has a plan for you in everything you do and there is great peace in trusting him and knowing that he with you through it all.
If you're not where you are wanting to be this Christmas season, I pray that you find the joy in the blessings that you do have.
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Now on another note - these past few weeks have been BUSY! I thought I'd catch y'all up on what we've been up to lately.
Georgetown is one of our favorite towns here and they had their annual Christmas Stroll over the weekend and it was SO FUN. We went with some of our friends and we had the best time. I love me some Georgetown .
We went out to Elgin's Tree Farm and cut down our first Texas Christmas tree! The tree farm was so cute - they had farm animals, a little Christmas store, food and activities for the kiddos. So fun! However, it was 85 degrees . . . and I had a long sleeve shirt, jeans and boots on ( I was trying to be festive, y'all) but I was DYING. It was so hot . . .
After you cut down your tree they take you back the entrance with a hayride! Now if that doesn't say Texas, I don't know what will.
And we set up our tree!!! I could stare at it all day everyday, I love it.
We went with some friends to a tree lighting - a Christmas must!
And then we went to another tree lighting, because you can never have too many Christmas Tree lightings - am I right?
And this past weekend was the first weekend of Austin's Trail of Lights - SO FUN! There were over 6 million lights . . . so crazy!
Saturday night at the Trail of Lights - thankful for our sweet friends!
And that's what we've been up to.
My goodness, how I love this time of year!
Check back on Wednesday - I'll be sharing all of our favorite Christmas traditions!
- XO -
I'm Emilee. Twenty-something. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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