Thanksgiving 2014

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! We stayed in town again this year and enjoyed a really low-key Thanksgiving Day with Reeds family. Everyone contributed to the meal….making it super simple for everyone to enjoy the entire day.

We got SNOW for Thanksgiving [like we did last year]….so Ezra was loving that!

I just love the JOY that Ezra brings to our family. I love the way our family gathers around and just watches him play and explore his surroundings. Thankfully my in-laws are in the “people business” so they enjoy watching Ezra play for hours as much as we do. It’s great!

Ezra was a bit more picky with his Thanksgiving dinner plate this year….his new thing is to play “parking lot” with his food. Something on his plate always ends up being a car/truck/excavator/taxi ect…..and he pretty much plows all the food off the plate on to the placemat. These “cars” just drive in circles around the plate. He’s gets REALLY in to it.

One thing that no one seemed to be picky about was the Huckleberry pie! My mother-in-law picks huckleberries every year…and then saves them for Thanksgiving and Christmas pies. Its the best. A sweet memory of summer, in the winter.

We have so much to be thankful for….and Ezra reminds us all that its in the little things. I don’t want to take these days..this season for granted. Even though society is pushing us towards Christmas at the smallest hint towards Fall…..I want to slow down and be in the moment…..and more importantly, notice the people and things around me.

My mother-in-law has the perfect home for small gatherings…..so I couldn’t help but snap a few images of the little details that make her house a home….the little treasure that catch my eye that I love most.

This is our Thanksgiving Day in photos…..

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TIME = LOVE

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Let’s change the mindset that to serve & love people well you have to spend money. Here’s the truth … TIME = LOVE. 

We all have the heart to serve others, yet we stop ourselves with excuses. So, we’re on a mission to spark a new flame. Love is the universal language of the world & it is how God desires to use us to impact this world. We are all on mission … everyday, every interaction. We want to awaken people to see that the most important person is the one right in front of them. 

So, Vanessa & I want to challenge you + your family to go and be the hands & feet of Jesus right in your own communities. From now until December 20th, we want to encourage all of you to go & find ways to help those in need & SHARE stories in hopes that they ignite ideas & continue to inspire us to keep loving more. We’ve posted a PDF of simple serve ideas over on our K&V blog – please download! Also, please comment with ideas that you have enjoyed doing in the past – we’d LOVE to hear them!

Brokenness & hurt surrounds you, it’s forcing yourself see it. And when you’ve seen it, you’re responsible. We’re responsible. So, what are we going to do about it? While we can’t make it go away, we can carry a message of hope with us … that the story truly does have a beautiful ending & it’s called redemption.

Follow along on Instagram and use the hashtag #timeequalslove #lovewritesabeautifulstory to SHARE the ways you are serving during this Christmas season.

Be encouraged, my friends!!! And lets love well.

Seattle Trip

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Last month the three of us drove to Seattle. The road trip was great. Ezra does really well in the car.

These few days away as a family were so refreshing to us…..especially this momma, who didn’t realize she was suffocating a bit in her small town and just being in the big city for a few days….experience all the God moments that took place while we were there….was SO very good for my heart & soul. I’ll be posting a part 2 of this Seattle re-cap and share more about how God used a few people to show me things that I needed to see. It’s incredible. God is so good….like SO good!

We stayed downtown and walked everywhere. Everyday.

We drank coffee. Multiple times a day. We loved visiting Storyville Coffee at Pikes Market, and of course…..we hit up our beloved, Stumptown Coffee on Pine.

Ezra LOVED looking out our hotel room window….the view really is incredible when you’re looking down. His amazement over the little things is always so refreshing.

We walked so much that we quickly needed to find a stroller for Ezra , which we left at home….so we found a SHARK STROLLER at Target. The stroller was a hit with not only little man, but every single person that walked by us….everywhere we went!

Our days weren’t filled to the brim with things to do….so our time together was sweet.

Here’s a re-cap of our time downtown in photos….[the ZOO gets its own post…..coming up next!]

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HIS & HERS

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// What FAMILY coffee shop dates look like

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