This time of year brings emotions of all realms.

JOY, sadness, giddiness like a child, heartbreak, pure bliss.

As emotions of Christ coming (the giddiness!) plunder to the loss our friends feel, our hearts ache and rejoice simultaneously.

Tonight, as we read from The Wonder of the Greatest Gift, Ann reminded us, JOY comes in the waiting KNOWING that Christ is coming. And this waiting in the advent season brings anticipation, relief and hope in the darkest of nights.

This home tour is not at all about being perfectly put together.

It’s the celebration that we love.

This year we were honored to be a part of our small town Christmas Tour of Homes but man, oh man, it was a labor of love.

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And our village reminded us how we truly cannot do this life alone.



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And we do not ever want to.

We want the tables to be surrounded. And our bellies to be full from laughter.

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We want our couches to be full.

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And as we fall asleep each night, we want to know we gave it our all.

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And those nights that ended with me raising my voice more than needed, I’m thankful for a new day to try it all again.

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Because Christ came so that we could have JOY, we could have hope, we could seek His manger just like the wise men did as soon as they heard of His coming.

May we never lose hope.

May we never lose JOY.

May we ever seek Him.

Merry, merry Christmas, friends.

Here you can read more about our kitchen, our thrifted dining room and recent tablescape, my office and our living room.