packing up the magical & feeling expectant of the days to come

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we took down the trees yesterday. the garland is packed away as is basically any other remnant of christmas decor.  it’s always bittersweet. it really is. while i’ll readily admit all the extra this & that’s can make me sorta antsy i sure love the magic that little white lights & vintage ornaments usher in. starting sometime in october, on an obscure day, i can feel it. the anticipation of what’s to come begins to be felt. i can hardly wait to go get the tree. unpacking ornaments collected over decades & reminiscing about memories of christmases past. it’s truly magical.

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we’ve had a great december. my business was the busiest it’s ever been. the girls are all happy & healthy as is my man. #cowboyDuketherescuedog is settling in & seemingly finding his routine. we celebrated trevor’s graduation from UGA. family time was sweet & without much drama. can i get an amen. despite the major rain & thunderstorms and warmest christmas day on record i think i can safely speak for our family & say all was merry!

christmas eve was over 75 degrees ( our ac went out. i can’t even) & tornado watches threatened to keep us in for the day. i mentally prepared to miss out on christmas eve service. sigh. there seemed to be a break in the weather so we all dressed up & made our way to passion city church. it felt so good to be there. while a cozy simple evening home would have been wonderful,  i really wanted to corporately worship & celebrate the birth of jesus. and then lauren daigle walked out on stage & sang Noel and i was blown away. completely blown away. i’ve been to many a concert in my day. i’ve seen loads of live performances but this was truly something special & perhaps my favorite live performance of all time.

christmas morning dan shared some words before we opened gifts. he talked about how the people missed so much of who jesus was 2000 years ago & why he did what he did. they were looking for a strong warrior to ride in & free them from the roman oppression. a military force to be reckoned with. not a baby born to a teenage girl in a stable with a bunch of animals. he then went on & encouraged our family not to miss the now of our lives. the year ahead will hold much change as it always does with kiddos this age. he encouraged us to embrace the differences we have ( which is many with four completely different temperaments in our daughters) instead of being irritated & flustered with each other. because you guys. there’s a lot of that in our home some days. and then he talked about how lord willing next year he’d celebrate his second year as a cancer survivor and i about came completely undone. it was tender & authentic, exactly how he always is. sitting in our home looking out over my four girls & a man who loves us in such a crazy, selfless way was just almost too much.

so december, christmas day, it was all just really good.

so today i’ll spend some time opening up my crisp new calendar for 2016, & prayerfully fill it with hopes & dreams for the coming days. savannah will finish packing for a trip to russia with trevor ( his sister & her family live there). madison will begin her last year as a college student. ( yes. she’s zoomed through, taken maymesters, summer school, & 19 hours each semester to get ‘er done). emily will head back to UGA, which she loves. caroline & dan will go back to school next week. and i’ll add a little part time job to my plate which i’m super excited about & i’ll share soon.

for now, here’s a little glimpse into the last several days~

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December 29, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Elizabeth - So much cuteness! I love to see what gifts your family gives each other because you each have such fun taste…any chance you’ll share a few more details?!

December 29, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Marcy Norman Cox - So happy to see that you all had a wonderful Christmas.. Did I miss a blog post about who won the annual “find the pickle” game?? Did Savannah regain her title?? Did Madison hold onto her title?? Or is there a new champion??

December 29, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Brantlee - I just love your family and glad to see y’all had a wonderful Christmas. Who found the pickle this year? Lol!
Happy New Year Paige.

December 29, 2015 - 5:44 pm

Heidi @ Decor & More - I don’t comment often, but I ALWAYS read and relish your posts, Paige. Loved seeing all your sweet pics of your people on a blessed day… wishing you many blessings, good health, and God’s wisdom and provision in the new year.
xo Heidi

December 29, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Hannah Warren - i just love your sweet family. and i BURST into tears when i read the part about dan. and then hutt walked in and said…hey…that’s mrs. paige. she has a blog? she must be famous! 😉 i love how REAL you are…it’s good for a mama’s soul when every day isn’t roses around here. glad you had a wonderful christmas! thanks again for the pictures. i am having a really hard time choosing…so i may just get some of all of them! 😉
ps. how is madison already almost done with college?? where does the time go? 🙂

December 30, 2015 - 12:02 am

Andrea - So fun…. l love that you shared your Christmas fun with us…..your sweet girls and that precious Duke! Glad he is settling in. Most of all…..glad your Dan is healthy!!!! Loved seeing snippets of your decorated home….please do share the source for those adorable stockings!!!!!!! I LOVE them!

December 30, 2015 - 10:56 am

Linda Stoll - Oh what a beautiful family you’ve been graced with! And the images of your home in recent days have brought me delight as I’ve dropped by here and there.

New year’s blessings to you … let’s see what God has in store! Grateful to have ‘met’ you in recent days, Paige …

January 3, 2016 - 1:34 am

Shellie - You usually get a beautiful hanging wall calendar every year. Can you please tell me where I can find it? I can’t for the life of me think of the name.

January 4, 2016 - 3:56 pm

Bethanie - We were in PA for Christmas, so we missed the Christmas Eve service at Passion City. I just KNEW that Lauren Daigle was going to be there sometime during the holidays…of course it was the one service I missed. Im sure it was absolutely magical. Merry Christmas Knudsens, many blessings for this year!

January 6, 2016 - 4:03 pm

jamie - I am sort of loving up all your organizational tools in the photo at the beginning of the post…I think I have found the Day Designer…but there are lots of options, curious which one you use? And wonder about sources for the other goodies. Thanks for beautiful inspiration