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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!)

Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow (The Moonglow Christmas Series Book 4) – Five out of Five Stars

NEW RELEASE….

The small Montana town of Timberton has a way of bringing magic to the holidays, especially for guests of the local hotel. Resident artist and chef Mist has a way of touching people’s lives with exquisite cuisine, imaginative art, and her own ethereal nature.

When a nearby theater burns down just before Christmas, cast members of The Nutcracker arrive at the Timberton Hotel with only a sliver of holiday joy. Camaraderie, compassion, and shared inspiration combine to help at least one hidden dream come true. As with every Christmas season in Timberton, this year’s guests will face the New Year with a renewed sense of hope.

*Cookie and candy recipes included!

Cryssie’s Review: 

The only complaint I have about this book is not knowing how to check into Timberton Hotel for the holidays or how to become besties with resident chef, Mist?! I LOVE these books! Such a comfy read for the holidays that provide holiday cheer and hope. 

I have been sick  in bed with the flu for the past week and this was the perfect read for me! It was nice and cozy and reminded me of the wonderful holiday season that we are in! I can’t wait to feel 100% better and try out the recipes! 

If you are looking for a good Christmas read, then grab this book! It can be read as a stand alone, but I would encourage you to get the whole series! They are a perfect holiday treat!

The Moonglow Series…
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
Mistletoe at Moonglow, Book 1
Silver Bells at Moonglow, Book 2
Gingerbread at Moonglow, Book 3
Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow, Book 4

Available to buy from……
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Also available in The Moonglow Series

Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

Mistletoe at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 1

The Timberton Hotel has always provided a perfect Christmas retreat for regular guests, as well as newcomers. But the small town of Timberton, Montana, hasn’t been the same since resident chef and artist, Mist, arrived, bringing a unique new age flavor to the old western town.

When guests check in for the holidays, they bring along worries, fears and broken hearts, unaware that Mist has a way of working magic in people’s lives. Old-fashioned time spent together, exquisite food, conversation and a snowball or two offer guests a chance to trade sadness for hope. One thing is certain: no matter how cold winter’s grip is on each guest, no one leaves Timberton without a warmer heart.

Available to buy from….
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Silver Bells at Moonglow by [Garner, Deborah]

Silver Bells at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 2

Christmas at the Timberton Hotel arrives each year with a unique set of guests, some returning, some new. When this holiday brings a celebrity seeking reprieve, sisters who are distant yet closer to each other than they think, a widow approaching a new horizon, and an eclectic smattering of local townsfolk and visiting relatives, the season is certain to be eventful. Add in a hint of romance and there’s more than snow in the air around the small Montana town.

Elegant decor and exquisite cuisine from resident artist and chef, Mist, form a backdrop to much needed camaraderie, bringing strangers and friends together. When the last note of Christmas carols has faded away, the soft whisper of silver bells from the front door’s wreath will usher guests and townsfolk alike back into the world with hope for the coming year.

Available to buy from….
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Gingerbread at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 3

The small town of Timberton, Montana, boasts an ambiance of near-magical proportions during the Christmas season, due in no small part to resident artist and chef Mist’s mysterious way of working small miracles in people’s everyday lives. Each year, return guests and new arrivals mingle with local townsfolk to enjoy companionship, exquisite decor, and exceptional cuisine at The Timberton Hotel.

As the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses mix with heartfelt camaraderie and sweet romance, guests share reflections on family, friendship, and life. Although decorating the outside of a gingerbread house may prove easier than deciding what goes inside, no one leaves Timberton without renewed hope for the future.

Available to buy from……
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About the author

Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now pides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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