the rest of December

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Two Texas girls experience sledding for the first time!

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After a super long day of work, I took myself to Panera to celebrate surviving the crazy month of caregiving. The server walked carefully so as not to disturb the smiley face in my soup. It made my day!

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Martin and Fran-Fran and Sadie!! Having so much fun! 20151221_175919 - Copy

Customized this tag for a certain brother. 😉

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A whirl of celebration and fun, exhaustion and long hours on the road, hope that grows and disappointment that shrivels. I did not expect parts of it to be so wonderful, and other parts to be so hard. It’s tempting at times to try the “Kevin McCallister” option: “I made my family disappear…” but ultimately, I would miss them! So, we hang in there. We forgive, we give grace, we love, we try again. We don’t give up.

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Sunset at Dad’s house.

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When brothers steal your phone.

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Yes. Crashed on a couch between these two after a long travel day. Eli and I were wearing matching shirts I made for Christmas Eve a few years ago.

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Snow in Omaha before I left!

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Getting to meet this little one was the sweetest gift!20151230_184044

Caiden wearing my boots, holding my chapstick.

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Oh Leo, you poor elegant gentleman.

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I call this one: “Happy New Year?”

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