We recently took Cove to Pikes to look at some of the garland and wreaths and he went crazy. If I would have known that Pikes would result in that much joy, we would have gone everyday last week. He kept finding branches and made friends with a few of the employees. No joke, we probably stayed there for over half an hour just letting him walk around and giggle. Just a little over a year ago we were waiting on his arrival and picking up our tree. You may remember seeing the pictures of me waddling around here.

I recently finished the The Magnolia Story (which I am obsessed with).I loved how Joanna shared how she had an epiphany where she realized that working to obtain perfection made her miss out on letting her kids be kids. It made me reconsider the moments like the ones we had a Pikes where I might be in a rush and don’t let him experience things to the fullest. Or I miss soaking in all the fun he is having because I am too preoccupied with my to-do list or keeping the house clean. This is the season of absolute craziness, and I want for my family to remember that I valued what the season was truly about instead of hustling around and trying to make everything perfect. It’s not easy, but the more I let go of the expectations in keeping things put together all the time, the more I enjoy and experience the fullness of what this life is about.

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