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There is NO place like HOME for the holidays, this statement is so true! BUT since I can’t be home in TEXAS for the holidays, I will certainly enjoy the Pacific Northwest with the hubby. It has been a great time thus far and I couldn’t be happier to enjoy the holiday season with my best friend and handsome forever Christmas date! Life is grand no matter where we are! The Addis Adventures are for real y’all!

We kicked off the joyful holiday with the Christmas Tree Lighting event downtown. It was our first one to attend here in Portland, and it did not disappoint! Afterwards we enjoyed an AMAZING dinner at our favorite restaurant, Olympia Provisions. OMG – if you ever visit Portland, you HAVE to check out Olympia! It’s our favorite place to eat eVer! Christmas date nights are the BEST!

 

We also ventured out to Whidbey Island and did an early Christmas with two of our favorite little humans (and two of our big people humans too of course) a couple of weekends ago, and boy did we have a blast! The auntie life is for real one of the greatest roles I have ever been blessed with!

Aren’t they the cutest? Oh, my heart just swells every time I think about them and the joy they bring this family of ours!

Family is literally the most special thing in our lives y’all. Hug your loved ones close and always let them know you care! The holiday season can sometimes feel SO overwhelming and so stressful, but don’t let it be. If you feel the stress outweighing the fun, joy and laughter it’s time to take a deep breath and breathe. Remember who HE is in your life and remember that this time of year isn’t about the hustle and bustle, but it’s about Jesus and holding the ones you love so tight!

Darin and I won’t be doing much Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – we’ll be relaxing with Holly and watching Disney movies ALL DAY! We miss our family back home dearly and we are anticipating a much different Christmas next year! BUT until then, we will joyfully hold one another tight and be thankful for another year of growth and thankful for the love we have found in one another. This year was a major year for us; spiritually, physically and mentally. We experienced miracle after miracle and truly saw God’s thumbprint on so much! Was it easy? No. Was it always rainbows and butterflies? NOT EVEN CLOSE! But……it was GOD! It was all God and all beautiful, even in the mess, it was beautiful. God is good and we have SO much to be thankful for. Most of all, we are thankful for the birth of Christ!

Let me tell you Merry Christmas a few days early my dear friend! If you can’t be home with loved ones, close your eyes and remember the love……home is always in your heart.

 

(P.S. – Are you loving my shirt and beanie? You can check out Prickly Pear for this ADORABLE shirt and other merch by joining their FB group or liking their FB Page! If you like this handmade knitted beanie, email me (blessingsandseasons@gmail.com) for my cousin’s contact info – she is SO TALENTED!)

His Faith in Us

Have you ever battled with your faith? Have you ever had one of those seasons where things just cannot seem to fall into place? You can’t seem to make anybody happy? You can’t seem to get the bills paid on time? You can’t seem to keep from making your significant other upset? You can’t do anything right at work? You can’t seem to stay on track with your diet? The list can go on and on of things that can go wrong all in the same season.

Life has taught me that things in life are never consistent. Relationships, finances, work load, and even at times our hope is not consistent. I have learned there is one thing that is always consistent, God’s love. His love is everlasting. He is faithful to us even when we are not so faithful to Him. He stands by our side even when we are pushing Him away. He hears our hopes and thoughts even when we are not praying.

I have had moments in life where I literally felt drained of all hope. I wasn’t even sure if I could put my hands together to pray, but then God reaches in and puts my hands together FOR me. He gets me out of the pits of hell when I’m not sure how I even got there. I have had moments where life overcomes me and overcomes my ability to believe….. but then there He is to remind me, BELIEVE!

Faith is sometimes a battle. Sometimes it is so hard to have faith that there is a better tomorrow. Can you imagine what life would be like if we had the faith in God that He has in us? God’s faith in us is so remarkable. He believes in us more than anybody ever will. He knows we can change lives. He knows we can get that promotion at work. He knows we can get that degree, write that book, or get that job. He knows we can be who He called us to be. He doesn’t give up on us. He knows what He created us for and He knows WE-ARE-CAPABLE!

Sometimes it might seem easier to just give up and stop having faith, but doing that will be more painful and a lot harder in the long run. God’s love is everlasting and His faith in us is phenomenal. Just remember the next time your faith seems to have disappeared, that God’s faith in us isn’t going anywhere.

Maybe everybody in the world has given up on you and you have given up on yourself but He hasn’t……and He never will.

His love and faith endures forever.