This past December, Eric and I experienced a number of 'firsts'.
Beginning the month, we purchased our first Christmas tree together! The original thought for the day was to travel to a local tree farm, hike through the snowy woods, chop down just the right size evergreen while sipping hot cocoa and, together, carry it back to the car. Well, as the day went on we both grew impatient and decided to save the tree farm and hot chocolate outing for when a Baby Bender joins the family. So, we contently ended our search at good ol' Home Depot where we found just the perfect little tree!
Another 'first' was Christmas decorating together! This past June when I moved into, what used to be, Eric's bachelor pad, every girls dream presented itself.... time to re-decorate! Yes, Eric has graciously allowed me to move in and make a few minor changes. Miraculously, the old bachelor pad has transformed into a contemporary-modern, cozy, newlywed home. This December we had fun adding a bit of Christmas cheer to our little place.
Spending Christmas Eve together was a first for us as well, since last year I spent Christmas in Puerto Rico. We enjoyed having some of our closest friends over for the afternoon (a tradition we would like to begin), attending the Christmas Eve church service with my family that evening, and enjoying appetizers with Eric's family that night.
Another 'first', was not only waking up on Christmas morning next to my HUSBAND, but hosting for the first time, our annual Hunt family Christmas brunch. First, Eric and I gave one another our Christmas stockings, stuffed with necessities of course. Then we exchanged gifts soaking up the memories of our first Christmas morning together.
Next, as most of you know, my husband is the most amazing cook, so whipping up a ham and cheese egg frittata was no sweat for him. We were joined by my parents, brother and his new wife, Meredith. Together we enjoyed mom's delicious monkey buns, Meredith's festive french toast and Eric's incredible egg frittata. After brunch we headed to Garden Spot, where we spent the afternoon and evening with my grandparents and Aunt Sandy.
December held a number of 'firsts' for Eric and I... yet, the most treasured 'first' may just have been celebrating the birth of our Savior, together, praising Him for giving us the gift of LIFE. Without LIFE with our Savior, we would not have Hope... that is, Hope to see my Katelynn again, Hope to see this hurting world healed, Hope to spend an eternity in the presence of our Creator.