Oh gosh... something happened this Christmas that has never happened before. I got to wake up in a house filled with my ENTIRE family. Thats right, my mum, dad, husband, sister, AND brother -in-law were all under the same roof for a few days. This may seem like a small thing, but for us it is HUGE! My parents live in florida, we live in NC, and my sister and husband live out in California so really getting everyone together is such a challenge. Then if you consider our own crazy schedules... it is darn near impossible. In fact, the only times we have all been together in the same states has been for my wedding, and my sisters wedding. Thats it!
Needless to say the time we had together, to sit in each others company, to laugh, to play, to just TALK-was priceless. Staying up late with my sister filled an empty spot in my heart, watching her husband, my BROTHER open a pizza pouch christmas morning brought me rolling laughter... seeing my parents love each other like newly weds brings me so much joy and thankfulness to be shown what real love is... Being with my mum who is the most hard working compassionate woman I know, and watching my husband spend time with my dad, who is now his father through and through... is perhaps the greatest of all. Yes, we are a weird family. yes we have our quirks. But I can say with out a moments hesitation that this is a family that LOVES WHOLLY, without strings, without reservation, or stipulation. This is a family bound forever, and in that I will always find comfort and joy.
I love you all so dearly, and I am so glad we got to spend these days together as one. AND I hope you enjoy this gallery... filled with all the bloopers and moments that make this life real and beautiful!