This weekend, Lyle and I hosted a Christmas dinner party for my Truett Covenant Group and their husbands. What started as a required small group over three years ago, has now become a cherished source of sweet community in my life.
We were able to make the get together even more festive and frilling thanks to Lyle’s mom’s Christmas china, which we are happily watching over while they finish building their new house. I love anything that makes Christmas extra… Christmas-y, so naturally, I had a blast with the table setting.
I made cupcakes again so that the girls could take their favorites home, too!
This is one of my favorite photos of us from the night. So many things have changed since we all first met in 2008. Ashley (not pictured), our original small group leader, has graduated and moved to North Carolina with her husband and their baby boy. Raquel, on the far left, has graduated and now has twin girls. Kelly (next to Raquel) and I both have our Masters of Social Work as of last May. And we will graduate this May, along with Melaina – who is pregnant (as you can see), with our Masters of Divinity. I love these girls! This picture cracks me up!
Yesterday I officially finished my second-to-last-semester-of-school-EVER, and my top priority became putting together a Christmas box for my brother-in-law who is currently deployed over seas.
I don’t even want to imagine what it would be like to have to be away from family at all, much less at such special moments like the holidays. Chris will have missed Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and his daughter’s second birthday before he gets to come home next year.
I want my bro to know that we are thinking of and praying for him this Christmas, that he is not forgotten, that we wish he didn’t have to be alone, and that the holidays definitely aren’t the same without him here. I’m telling him this in the best way I know how – through Christmas sweets and goodies. Plus, there is NO way he is getting away with missing out on the defeated, yet joyful feeling of constant loss of self-control the rest of us experience during the Christmas season thanks to tons of sweet treats everywhere we turn!
The package includes gourmet popcorn, M&M Christmas candy, Louisiana Hot Sauce and Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Seasoning (I am from Louisiana – you NEED these things wherever you go, believe me.), sugar cookies, yogurt pretzels, toffee, an Itune’s giftcard, and a dvd I made for him during Thanksgiving at my sister’s house.
Of everything I sent, two have the most meaning behind them:
This is the best homemade toffee EVER. EVER PEOPLE. My mom-in-law makes it every year along with spritz cookies, and we make ourselves sick all month long eating it. It’s a tradition. I LOVE traditions. I had to share the love with Chris.
Second, during Thanksgiving break, I was able to make this silly little video of my sister and niece (his wife and daughter). I’m hoping he loves it. I think it’s FRILLING and adorable.
Here’s a picture of everything all packed up and ready to go. Don’t worry, I stored all the food properly in ziplock bags within the tins so that it will stay fresh!
Do you have any special Christmas boxes you are sending this year?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Our house has been decorated for about a week. Lyle even put up our lights outside already. I love this time of year so much. My favorite moments are the earliest and latest points of the day, when all is quiet and no lights are shining except those on the Christmas tree. When I’m free to peacefully anticipate the moment that Advent leads up to – the joyous, celebratory occasion. Love, love, love. I love it.
This weekend, my friend Chansin and I had some fun working on a Pinterest inspired Christmas craft. I know it’s pretty early, but I think we all know how fast Christmas tends to sneak up on us. Also, it isn’t every weekend that I find myself with some free time available when I would normally be doing homework.
I absolutely love this wreath idea, and I’m so glad that all my sweet friends’ Christmas cards will be more proudly displayed than ever before this year! I used some cards I still had from last year so I could fully display the wreath. Check out the finished product below.
Do you have any fun Christmas crafts you are looking forward to this year?