Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Instax Mini's: Christmas Cruise Edition.

It has almost been one full month since my family took our Christmas Cruise together.  I think about it all the time.  Sometimes when I think about it (like right now) I get a little choked up because it was honestly one of the happiest experiences of my entire life.  Just being with my family - without interruptions, cell phones, work, the internet, or any kind of schedule - was one of the most precious gifts I have ever received!

I shared this with my Mom the other day, but I want to share it with you now as well.  I am so thankful for the deep well of joyful experiences that I have been blessed to have in my life. In my mind, those joyful experiences have dug a deep well in my heart; a well that I am able to draw strength, encouragement, and most importantly unconditional love from whenever I want to.  The Christmas Cruise my family took together wasn't just a vacation, it was an experience that deepened the well from which we all draw from.  I am so blessed to have the family that I do, and so thankful that God chose me to receive the gift of being...

Josh's wife.
Lindsay's little sister.
Brian's twin sister.
Kyrie's sister-in-love.
Katie and Brad's big sister.
and Deb, Ed, and Greg's daughter.

(Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17)


  1. Beautiful. I'm glad your well is so deep!

  2. black and red polka dot bathing suit... umm.. to die for! SO cute! :)

  3. Wow already a month! So glad you had fun. Love your family. I have my countdown chain for our cruise hanging in our house. Just over a month!

  4. Sounds awesome to be with family for a good, uninterrupted vacation.

    Love your red, floppy hat - you look adorable!

  5. Holy cow, your hair looks beautiful curled like that!! This post is so sweet and I know exactly how you feel. I'm definitely going to have to start using the term "Sister-in-love" for mine as well. :) I gave you a blog award over on my blog, btw. You should check it out!



  6. These photos turned out so well! Glad you had a great time with your family :)