Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a blessed celebration of our Savior's birth, life, sacrifice, and resurrection. The incarnation of Christ, being born as fully man, yet fully God, was so much more than just one earth-changing day, but the beginning of an earth-changing lifetime, and subsequently of a life-changing hope for our eternity. I could talk about this for pages, but, perhaps that will have to wait for another time.

I wanted to share with you a few special shots from our Christmas day here in Iowa. We were blessed to have the whole family together for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning! Knowing that may not always be the case, I'm especially grateful that the Lord provided that blessing this year.

My sister, Erin, has been making us special Christmas morning cinnamon rolls for years, and this year was just as delightfully cinnamon-y. (She got third place in the Tones Cinnamon Roll competition at the Iowa State Fair with these before. Yup, sorry you just get a picture.)

This here is a nifty contraption that my parents got for me. It's like a personal french press and thermos all in one! Great for coffee, or, as is the case here, loose leaf tea. :)

AWWWWW!!!!!!! (I know, you all said that, too, didn't you?) He's so sweet when he's snugly. I love being his aunt. We've had some great conversations already, and I can't wait for more. ;)

Christmas turkey! This was one of my first attempts with broiling (I made it in the roaster, but wanted a little browning to crisp up the skin), and it went pretty well! But, then I overplayed my hand and decided to use the broiler to brown the marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes. Hm. Yeah. There's a reason you don't see a picture of the sweet potatoes. (Mom said it reminded her of a campfire though, so ... not a total loss?)

Someone is a huge fan of wrapping paper. And boxes. He apparently needs more fiber....

The above is purely for your enjoyment. The wackiest Advent candle ever. It dripped like crazy, and in the craziest ways. It even threw clods of wax as it melted. Totally bizarre.

And now this ^ is the main reason I'm posting today. That's right. A new camera for Christmas! I was totally shocked! I didn't see that coming at all, and had actually been bracing myself for that business expense next year. See, I've actually been using my brother's camera for most of my photo shoots since the spring, when my camera started developing some issues which made it unreliable as my only camera. (Thank you SO much, Wesley for being so willing to loan out your camera!) So, I had been planning, preparing, and researching, all in anticipation of the needed upgrade. But, WOW! Some family members went together, and totally stunned me by this present. (Oh, and just as a side note: this photo was taken in the mirror, then reversed, so that you don't have to try to read 'Canon' backwards. You're welcome. Also, I realized after looking at this photo that my mirror really needed to be cleaned. So, the smudges are gone now. You're further welcome.)

Thanks so much for enjoying these photos with me! May the Lord bless you, keep you, and draw you closer in the coming new year!


  1. Wow! I see a position at Better Homes and Gardens in your future! :)

    1. That's one of my favorite magazines, so I consider that a great compliment! Thank you. :)

  2. Thank you for this all delightful post, Sadie! You're seriously adorably hilarious. :] And yes thank you for cleaning your mirror. [wink] What camera did you get?!?!? I think I can breathe a little better now after seeing that picture of baby Wesley. [sigh] totes adorbs!
    Love you.


    1. Haha! Oh, Kaylee, you're welcome. And the camera is a Canon EOS 40D. :)


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