Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas friends!

What a special Christmas this is for us, getting to celebrate with Chandler for the first time.  We're spending the morning at home, so he can wake up to presents (even though he'll have no clue, lol - but we wanted to start that tradition) and then we're headed to my mom's this afternoon to celebrate Christmas with my family tomorrow.

It has been a wonderful season - filled with twinkling Christmas lights, opening and enjoying Christmas cards, and getting to share in the merriment of the season.

No - we don't have our Christmas cards done - look for our New Year's card! - the house isn't spotless, and the presents will be minimal under the tree. 

It's intentional - well, all but the Christmas card. 

We really went into this season just trying to be present - and making our presence more important than presents. 

Of course, there were a few presents. 

We gave Chandler three things - 1 thing he needs, 1 thing to read, and 1 "fun" thing.  Santa also brought him a few things in his stocking.  He was lucky enough to receive so many thoughtful presents from friends and family - and especially loved the tissue paper in Mike & Patsy's present.  :)

We are so thankful for those who love our little guy - he's pretty blessed.
We spent Christmas Eve playing games & spending time with friends at the Raymonds.

Lindsay said it best - Merry Christmas from 5 of Umatilla County's finest cattlemen.  :)

Photo by Lindsay Murdock
And today, we're taking it slow on Christmas day and relishing being a family.

And like many ranching families - we spent part of the morning doing chores.


Our Christmas may not look like someone else's - and that's all ok.  As long as we're remembering the Reason for the season, and spending time with loved ones - well, what a Merry Christmas that will be for all of us!

Have Yourselves a Merry Little Christmas!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6


  1. Fun, fun, fun! I love the 3 gift idea. I have another friend with the same thought and I've been trying to figure out the 3rd idea. Your idea is book, I like it. Sister got Miles a skid-steer. He seems to have worn out the used one a friend gave him. He also got socks!

    Due to the weather Mom and Dad have not made it to Sister's house. Miles hasn't gotten birthday or Christmas from Grandparents or me. With good luck Grammy and Gpa will be able to spoil him this weekend.

    Sister requested something that does not make noise as a gift idea. I had a friend make him a stick horse. We'll see how that goes over. Either way, I got the book covered, lol.


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