Christmas Past + future


{this photo says it second the packages are neatly wrapped and then chaos breaks loose, i think the blur adds to the emotion of the moment! ha!}


Well, the new year is coming like a freight train.  I am always slow to let go of Christmas. I like to leave the tree up.  One of my friends (you Angie) always says she thinks mamas (or women) in general don’t really get to enjoy Christmas until the day after when some of the work of shopping and wrapping and cooking subsides. I think she is right and I am in no hurry to take my tree down.  Maybe Saturday.


In the meantime its little boys in pajamas all day long and lots of down time which we have all needed!


I get a bit melancholy at Christmas I must admit. I miss my grandparents and my hometown a bit. I miss Waco.

{painting by the talented Susan Woodard}

But the excitement of my boys (especially Henry this year..oh my!) make it fun. But I enjoy celebrating the birth of our Saviour.  It’s so good to remember its not about our feelings or emotions or expectations but it’s really about Him.

And I am excited about the new year.

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There are some exciting things coming down the pipe which excite me, overwhelm me, humble me…like this shop..will it have ten items and be very simple or go full retail..we will see!


its a crazy but fun life and i am grateful as this year comes to a close.  Even for some of the tough moments.

So as I grapple with making sense of this year and gearing up for the next, I wish YOU the best!

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  1. I am totally with you on de-Christmasing the house. While I am taking down most today, I’m leaving the tree up just a wee bit longer. I’ll miss it’s magical glow!! Right now, one of the things I’m looking forward to the most is working with you on my family room-so,so excited! Hmmm, maybe there will be some goodies from your new shop we can incorporate in? I’ll be sending you more pics and ideas soon =)

  2. Holly, I am so glad you all had such a wonderful Christmas! Kiddos sure do make it fun, Mu littlest one was five this year for Christmas and I think this is the most excited she’s ever been. It’s such a sweet time of year, indeed! I am excited for you about your new shop. I wish you and your family many blessings in 2013!

  3. I love the beauty in your photos. Kids make Christmas so fun. I’ve been decorating our front living room with your shop in mind. Can’t wait to add some of your items to our home. Happy New Year!

  4. love that super cute first shot too…blurriness definitely adds the layer of excitement!
    happy new year!

  5. Holly – Beautiful! Love the painting – but your link to her is not working. I googled Susan Woodard and she is AMAZING. Great work and very unique. Love her style

  6. thanks for validating my bad iphone pics paige!;;; lighting in our house is so hard..that is my excuse..and the fact they are always moving..moving fast!

  7. I love those photos — they capture the excitement of Christmas morning! I’m the same about taking things down — they are always up until New Years, at least. It’s hard to let go of the magic! Happy New Year to you & your entire family. Looking forward to seeing what 2013 has to bring!

  8. Holly, love the pictures – especially of your boys and their excitement. We have similar thoughts about this time of year – I’m always melancholy too, don’t want the excitement of the season to end, miss those who aren’t with us anymore, trying to accept the year that has been and look forward to the new year.

    Happy New Year! I’m believing it will be a great year filled with blessings and some of the best days of our lives.

  9. Happy New Year, Holly!! Your Christmas is straight out of a magazine. I wouldn’t expect anything less……even your boys have pj’s that look like they just go with the decor. LOL.
    May 2013 be an incredible year for you, your business and most importantly, your family.

  10. Your kids are adorable! I just finished vacuuming up the needles from our tree…what a mess! At least we got it out of here tonight! I am sure I will be finding needles everywhere for the next few days though! Best wishes for a happy new year to you!
    Cheers! – Shelley

  11. Holly, Happy New Year and bring on the shop!!! As a long time blog follower, I can’t wait to see what you pick out for it!

  12. Holly, all the pictures are gorgeous, but my favorite ones are with your little boys. They are so adorable in their jammies. Wishing you and your family a blessed New Year.

  13. Happy New Year, Holly! Love your Christmas pictures. Your boys are so cute! We finally took down our decorations… now we’re just left with legos and power rangers everywhere 🙂 Love your blog and your style, and I cannot wait to see what you have “in store.” Looking forward to shopping!!

  14. Holly,
    Longtime lurker here – just love visiting your site! I’m with you in leaving the Christmas decor up as long as possible – which usually takes us right to the end of Christmas with the celebration of the Three Kings or Epiphany. So often busy Mamas can’t relax to enjoy the season until the Big Day happens – well the good news is that Christmas Day is the real beginning – there’s a whole 12 days to celebrate. So let the magic linger…. Christmas really ended on this past Sunday…I’m taking my stuff down this week.

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