Since moving to Oregon, we've made it a point to bundle up as a family and march through a Christmas tree farm to find the perfect ONE. Jeremy and I love how this simple act of picking out a Christmas tree always carries with it priceless memories and family togetherness that is irreplaceable.
This year, Harper was very into it. She marched through the farm of 11,000 trees and owned it. Yes. That's 11,000 trees. The first tree Harper spotted and announced should be ours was reminiscent of a tree from Dr. Seuss.
As we marched around and passed up one "almost" tree after another... it was getting colder and colder. Just as we started to feel the oncoming of feeling disheartened and just before the kids really started melting down, we found it.
As we drank our hot chocolate, I ran into my friend Annie from my BSF group last year. It was so much fun running into her and her beautiful family. She (being a photographer) offered to take our family picture. Thank you Annie. These family shots are actually more few and far between than I would like.
The final product is one we cherish. It's a colorful, family-style tree and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Our tree is a patch-work of love.
Every year Jeremy and I have decided to buy each of our kids an ornament that reminds us of that child for the year. This year had a disney theme. Harper's ornament was Rapunzel's tower, Bentley's was Buzz Lightyear - since the obsessions were strong this year. Completely epitomizing them at almost 4 and 2.
Jeremy and I have each hung ornaments from our childhood - some we made, some of Santa, some of Jesus and the nativity.
My mom also gave me a few of my brother Jeffrey's childhood ornaments to hang on our tree to remember him. These ones hold so much emotion on our tree.
See? A patch-work of love. A patch-work of lives and memories. Being able to sit next to this tree in it's glow, especially in the early morning hours, brings a peace and calm. It's these simple traditions that cause me to feel deeply thankful for my family, our memories and the love we share in Christ Jesus.