Merry Christmas 2018

This Christmas season has been special in so many ways.  Experiencing the holidays through Emmylou’s eyes has brought us so much joy.  She loves and appreciates the most simple things and reminds us of the reason for the season- celebrating God’s greatest gifts.  We have enjoyed seeing her eyes light up at the sight of the Christmas tree, watching her play with bows, read Christmas books, shake her jingle bells and add to her advent calendar each day.  We feel so blessed this holiday season.

It was also our first holiday season so far from home.  We missed our family terribly but found great joy in experiencing a warm weather Christmas with Alice friends who have quickly become family.  Alice is a very special place and we feel so blessed to live here for a short time.  This experience will leave a lasting imprint on our hearts and lives.

Here are a few pictures from December!  We found joy watching Emmylou experience everything Christmas:

Each night Emmylou read the advent ornament with Daddy before bed.

She got a musical instrument set from her Uncle Davis and it was a big hit!

Her favorite part about the presents was playing with the wrapping paper and bows!

We read a lot of Christmas books together.

She really enjoyed the Christmas tree and even met Santa!

She was most impressed with his beard.

In addition to decorating, listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies (our house has been in full-on Holiday mode for weeks), we have done a few things around Alice Springs to celebrate the season.

We went to a Christmas Carnival in 100 degree heat…It was a little too hot and close to bed time so we called it a night before the tree-lighting but look at Alice’s tree!

I hosted a little holiday party with all of my favorite Alice girls.

We also enjoyed celebrating Christmas Eve with our sponsors and dear friends.  The girls get along SO well together and were too cute.

And Christmas Day was filled with so much, simple fun!  We opened presents with family (via technology), enjoyed homemade cinnamon rolls and, like true Aussies, took a dip to cool off from the 105 degree heat!

Christmas morning was pure JOY!

Santa even spoiled Penny with a new collar and lots of bones!

  

What a Merry (first) Christmas it was and we are looking forward to all that 2019 will bring.

Happy Trails,

K, J, EL & P

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