Our December has been so magical! We found out that we are having a sweet baby boy and we’re over the moon. We got to do gender reveals for both of our families and it was so exciting to be able to share the news with everyone. We always talked about how fun it would be to have both a little girl and little boy in our family. I’ve always told Dan how much I wanted to have a little miniature Daniel running around the house with his Daddy’s dimples. We feel so honored and blessed! In the first week of December we went out and got a Christmas tree as a family and brought it home to decorate together. It was so precious watching Everly experience it all! From bringing in the tree, to watching all the lights glow, to hanging candy canes and ornaments, all while listening to Christmas music in the background. It’s definitely been a highlight for us so far. On December 8th Everly turned 18 months old! We took her out in a princess dress and did a little photo shoot for her. The sunset that evening was incredible. It was a moment that totally caught me off guard. I wasn’t being the best version of myself that day. I was easily irritated, tired, and letting the little things get to me. Dan decided to drive us to the bay and the sunset was breathtaking. The air was warm and the water was still with a calmness on the horizon. It felt like a dream. I watched the wonder and excitement in Everly’s eyes as she ran back and forth on the sand. My heart began to soften and my perspective shifted. I love God’s ways of reminding us that He’s here. Beyond what we deserve, He always makes himself known to us each day. A couple days ago we got to do a birthday/ Christmas celebration with the whole family. We celebrated my sister and Dads birthday and did a mini gift exchange as well. Everly got to play with all her cousins and we all got some great quality time together and enjoyed a delicious ham dinner made by my Daddy. Yesterday we went out and took our Holiday portraits shot by my Daddy, Michael Kinney Photography. My sister came along too and helped with Everly and little Rusty Roo dog. We’re so happy with how they turned out! It perfectly captures all the joy we feel each day with our precious girl. I can’t wait to see her be a big sister! There’s so much to look forward to next year and our hearts couldn’t be happier. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
As this year is quickly coming to a close, I can’t help but reflect on everything God has blessed us with this year. Despite all the craziness going on the world I still feel gratitude, peace, and hope for what’s to come. We spent Thanksgiving weekend with both our families and it was wonderful. We’ve always been such a tight knit family but lately I’ve really been learning to value the treasure of togetherness even more and not take for granted every precious moment. I’m 16 weeks pregnant and there is so much anticipation and excitement in our house. We get to find out the gender in just a few days! Daniel is building an office in our backyard and soon we will be working on turning our current office in the house into Everly’s bedroom. We recently renovated our garage and turned it into a recreational space for our music. Daniel and I wrote a Christmas song and are releasing a single next week! We’re excited to start celebrating Christmas this year and can’t wait to pick out our tree with Everly. She’s been such a joy lately and it’s been so fascinating watching her learn and grow. She’s already learning her ABC’s, knows her colors, is a champion at puzzles, and absolutely loves music and dancing with her Dada. She will be 18 months on December 8th and I just can’t believe it! It’s going to be so amazing watching her be a big sister in May. Our hearts are full and so grateful!