Our First Chicago Winter

So our stockings are hung and our Christmas tree is up and decorated! I know that neutrals are pretty trendy right now, but to me, Christmas is about the reds. We’ve got our red plaid stockings hung from a bookshelf (we don’t have a mantel in this house) and we chose to go with simple red ornaments on the tree. (Simple red ornaments that are snatched off the branches by curious babies and mischievous puppies, might I add…)

Our transition to Chicago was not an easy one, but now that we’re settled in I’m SO happy we’re here. I fall more and more in love with our little family, the city and this season of our lives with every passing day.  And if you can’t tell already, the season has me feeling all the feels.

River is growing so quickly and I love getting to know him better every day. He’s a curious, fearless little warrior who loves his furry brothers. He’s scurrying around pretty quickly now, leaving trails of destruction wherever he goes. And he’s testing us. When we say “no” to whatever trouble he’s making, he will see how close he can get to the threshold without getting scolded.

While his curiosity and fearlessness can be hard to parent, I’ve been so careful not to discourage him too much (just enough to keep him safe!) because I know these qualities will help him be successful in whatever he decides to pursue. I absolutely love watching him learn and discover the world, and he has truly reawakened us to the simple magic of life.


Every morning, I wake up next to this little guy and we (the two of us and the dogs) make the trek down the stairs to go see Adam. Every single morning River laughs the entire way down because he’s so excited. I mean- how magical is that?

I just love hearing his laugh in general and I want to share his joy in all the simple things that bring out that precious baby giggle.

This season has brought so much gratitude to the surface for me, and I’m so thankful for a God who knows what I need better than I do.  It’s crazy for me to think that when I was traveling the world, unsure if I ever wanted kids, God had already written “mother” on my heart. He knew that this little wildling would help me grow in all kind of exciting (and trying!) ways.

So wherever you are this holiday season, I hope you’re able to find gratitude in the simple, little joys that are more easily overlooked.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Safe travels to all of those venturing to be with family for the season.

Sending love from our family to yours.


One Comment

  1. Goood morning from Parkers Crossroads, Tn.
    I just love reading your posts ….and the pics!!! Soooooo cute!! River is surely growing up quickly! And yes, the simple joys of life are sooo sweet. Treasure each minute together. You, Adam, and River have a wonderful, exciting Christmas and New Year!
    Keep warm…deb❤️🎄

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