Advent Joy

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This season of Advent has been wonderful . . .

We started off quietly with a pretty tame Thanksgiving and taking our time putting up decorations. My nativities are some of my favorite things . . .

But there’s a new ornament on our tree that’s very special this year.

Our dear friend Donna gave us this silver spoon as a gift when we found out that Baby Hall was on the way.  She works with our doctor, and was one of the first people to know the exciting news (and keep a great secret for a while). She had it engraved, and said, maybe you can put it on your Christmas tree one day.  I thought that was a perfect idea . . . so Jake and I were glad to add this to our decorations this year. It will be one of our Advent traditions from now on.

Advent has been extra special at our church this year. The words we sang at Thanksgiving have been my prayer over and over again this season . . .

“For the wonders that astound us,

for the truths that still confound us,

most of all that love has found us,

thanks be to God.”

It feels like love has found us in some pretty amazing ways this year, and we are trying to be mindful of it.

We also got to celebrate Christmas with the Hall family this weekend in Columbus.  It’s fun to see the nieces and nephews, who have grown up so much.

Katie, who just turned 17, and Alannah had fun hanging out together.

Some of the girls.

Waiting on the delicious meal!

We took Alannah to see Christmas lights around Columbus Friday night.  So fun! I’m amazed every year at this house . . .

(The picture doesn’t do it justice, but the whole neighborhood has some pretty great lights!)

And we saw Santa. Alannah had fun hanging out with Uncle Jake.

The “bride-to-be” Amber got to know the family during lunch. So fun.

It was a good weekend with our crazy and wonderful family.

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