We celebrated an early Christmas with Nana this last weekend {Steve’s mom} since we’ll be with my family over Christmas. We love staying at her cozy home in Fresno. And she gives such thoughtful gifts.

While the events from Friday were still very fresh, it seemed best to focus on being grateful. So while we ate a delicious breakfast and open up lovely gifts, I reflected on how sweet these moments are and how much I love my boys. There is darkness in this world, but there is so much beauty too.

It’s a new week. I welcome it with open arms. How about some hellos?

Hello tree. Hello pretty ornaments collected over years.

Hello stockings. Nana filled them with awesome little toys and candy.

Hello Nugget. Could you be any more adorable?

Hello helping. Matthias is helping David make his way over to daddy to open gifts. Love.

Hello unwrapping. Hello happy.

Hello new lego set. Apparently, one can never have too many legos.

Hello David’s turn to unwrap something new.

Hello smile. When he realized it was a new keyboard, his face lit up. There is nothing David loves more than keyboards. Well, except maybe snuggles.

Hello thankful. We are so blessed with generous and loving family. My heart is full.

Hello little doggies who are always part of the party.

Hello remembering that Christmas is Christ’s birth. God became man and changed the world forever.

Hello twinkle lights. Hello sweater weather. Hello last week of school before break. Hello Monday.