this has been such a magical year that has seemed to fly by right before my eyes. i fell in love with 2013 and thought that 2014 couldn't possibly top it, but 2014 was pretty dreamy. i think the highlight of this year has been buying our first home. it was something we craved and worked for for so long and actually doing it was a literal dream come true. they always say "oh you think you'll be happy when you get what you want, but when you get it you will just want something else/more..." and you know, i just don't think that is true. i wanted to have a house of our own and now that i'm here, there just isn't anything better. i don't even care if our closet looks like a small bomb went off in it, i get to wake up next to my man in our own bed in our own home and then go get our baby out of her crib and make breakfast while she watches mickey mouse and that has always been my dream. i am thankful for the little things that make my life magical. for a lit christmas tree in the dark, lighting a candle after ava goes down for the night, falling asleep on david's shoulder, baking homemade rolls, thoughtful holiday treats that our friends and neighbors drop off for us, watching my ava play with her cousins, technology that allows me to basically be in constant contact with my mom although she is states away. there is so much to be grateful for and the season magnifies it all.
i don't usually share my beliefs on my blog, but i want all of you out there to know that i believe the Lord has a plan for my life. i know that He knows me and my heart and i see His love for me on a daily basis; in little ways and in big ways. there are things that have happened in my life that i know could not have worked out just by chance and i know that they were brought about by a divine presence. i have felt angels surround me in my times of need, i have felt my deepest anxieties and worries calmed, i have seen my prayers answered within minutes. i know that my Savior lives and that he came to this earth in the most humble of circumstances, a stable and a manger and the little town of bethlehem. may we all get to celebrate the miracle of His birth and His life and His sacrifice for us.
we wish you a merry merry christmas and a happy new year!