A very, very happy Thanksgiving from my sweet family to yours!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! A and I are in Oklahoma this week celebrating the holiday with my mom’s side of the family and it’s been wonderful so far. It’s about a 9 hour drive so we woke up super early on Sunday and drove down. I’ve all been busting out tons of homework, papers, and content this week as well and am just loving the break from work and home-life to relax, refresh, and be creative.
I hope wherever you are today that you are able to find something to be thankful for, knowing that even in the midst of great tragedy, pain, or discontentment, that God truly is still good and is still walking with us through all.
Happy Thanksgiving! And make sure and check back in next week as we kick off a new Advent blog series.
Two weeks ago, we took off on the trip of a lifetime. We spent 10 days eating, exploring, and taking pictures up and down the east coast. My younger brother got married in Charlotte, North Carolina, and then A and I decided to extend the trip and celebrating our five year wedding anniversary a month early.
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Goodness, you’re getting old! It’s crazy to think of you getting married tomorrow – yet it’s also so strange to try and think of life before you met Lauren. I love how you love her, how you care for her, how you have stood by her. And I can’t wait to see you grow in that love and faithfulness as you transition from being a boyfriend and fiancé to a husband.
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Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you and your friends/family/significant other had a lovely day celebrating however you chose to. A and I have traditionally not done anything big for this holiday – instead, we have typically chosen to lay low and cook a fancy meal at home as opposed to fighting the crowds and going out. This is always one of those fun holidays where I get some extra freedom and time to be creative in the kitchen and do something a little different.
This year we opted to hang out with A’s siblings down in Costa Mesa. His brother is moving out of state in a couple months and his younger sister and her husband are also wanting to move at some point so we have been trying to hang out at least once a month, making memories and building relationships now why we are at least all in the same region.
We spent Sunday morning working at church as always, spent a couple hours in the afternoon doing taxes with my mom (oh yes, we party hard in the Bixler home), and then headed down to Orange County.
For dinner, I cooked steaks in my most favorite cast iron with a homemade herb butter (I’ll post a recipe soon so be on the look out for how I cook that) and then roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts in the oven. A’s brother provided mashed potatoes and wine and his sister baked brownies for dessert.
As we were eating dinner, A’s older sister, brother-in-law, and our two nieces FaceTimed. These girls are adorable!
I have definitely been blessed with a great in-law family and I love them all dearly!