I love sending and receiving Christmas cards.
It's definitely a labor of love and act of service to get a good picture, find a card design you like, decide the amount to order, confirm addresses, label the envelopes, seal the envelopes, spend a fortune on stamps and send them out. But we did it yet again.
I know it sounds simple but I find a lot of joy in opening the mail and seeing a card addressed specifically to us. With social media and technology this tradition is fading but it some small way I feel like I'm honoring my mom by keeping it alive. My mom would plan for weeks what she was going to write in the newsletter that would accompany our family's picture and in later years she had each of us kids write our own paragraphs about our families. Now that she is gone, no one will be receiving her meticulously crafted letter in her signature comic sans font or look at a current family picture of the whole family together which she managed to accomplish each year. But I hope when you open our card you'll see a daughter trying to follow in her mom's footsteps.
For you viewing pleasure, I've gathered our Christmas card pictures from the past seven years. From newlyweds, to new parents and everything in between it's tender to look back on each of these moments and remember the different circumstances each Christmas brought.
I'm so grateful for the journey we've had and all we've learned along the way. Above all, I'm thankful for a Savior who has promised to be with us, no matter what happens.
top secret 2017 cards