Saturday, December 3, 2016


There is no way I can keep up with - well, anything - right now, and this is one of the reasons why:

We knew we would move here at some point, and although it's a bit of a whirlwind, we know this is the right time and God has opened many doors to make it a smooth transition. Well, as smooth as it can be when you're a family of 6 moving 700+ miles at Christmastime, and when there are other serious (extended family health) issues that helped us make this decision but also necessarily complicate things. 

As much as I always longed to be back in NC, we really have made a life in Chicagoland with amazing friends, a Biblical and loving church, homeschooling resources, and all the little things that make up a life (great pediatrician, knowing where the nearest Target is (very important), weekly play dates, etc, etc.)

And yet, while we grieve losses, we are very excited to come home and to be here to help and encourage family and to experience a relatively warm winter (halleleujah) and to not. move. ever. again.

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 in NC - we had the best time visiting with both of my brothers and their (collective) 3 kids and my parents! We stayed at Jason's parents' house and had ample time with them as well!

Highlights: staying up way past bedtimes with (mostly) happy children; lots of kids movies, yummy food, wine, laughter; a double date to a spin class for me and Jason and Jon and Meghan; kids decorating cookies with Aunt Sejal. Mostly. just being all together as we had not been since Jef's wedding (and since then, 3 babies have been born!)

Thanks for the pics, Pops!