Our first Christmas was chaotic and stressful,
filled with exams and loose ends.
This one. 2017 would be our first real Christmas.
And it would be in our home, the one we bought at the beginning of the year.
There would be a perfect tree and perfect decorations and a perfect newborn baby.
But life isn't perfect.
So we drove 22 hours to Minnesota and celebrated Christmas with family.
and our weary hearts rejoiced at the joyful end to a very difficult year
and we thrilled at the hope offered in a dirty manger and a tiny baby and a new year.
and it was absolutely perfect.
a whole mess of photos
in completely random order
that barely and perfectly capture our time.