christian and kathleen barnes

photo by Beth Morgan

Christmas weekend is finally here – I can’t believe it! We are headed to the mountains for a cozy (and hopefully snowy!) weekend to celebrate this beautiful holiday, what it means to us and reflect on the past year.

This season is filled with joy, love and generosity, but it also can be an emotional holiday.  It brings memories spent with loved ones who are no longer here, and while we know they have the best seat in the house celebrating in heaven with Jesus, we still feel their absence.  I always try to take a moment to say a quick prayer for those with healing hearts.

And of course, let us rejoice together the birth of our Savior.  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6  One of my favorite songs sung at church every Christmas Eve.

Lots of love to each of you, and thank you for helping to allow me to manage CBL full-time. I truly never thought this would be my career when I started this blog six years ago, and after working in a corporate office for five years, I recently told Christian that I think I am happier now than I have ever been. I owe a huge part of that to each of you! Thank you for your support, advice and friendships over the years. Honestly I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to truly show you how much you guys mean to me. I am so overwhelming appreciative.

Love love love and Happiest of Holidays to each and every one of you! XO –

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  1. Merry Christmas, Kathleen!
    Congratulations on achieving a wonderful career that makes you so happy… That’s not always easy!
    Best wishes to you and your family over the next year that is sure to bring great surprises.

  2. Merry Christmas Kathleen ! amy grant’s christmas album is my fav … you may be my daughter thru osmosis : ) seriously, i’m so happy this year was all you hoped and dreamed it would be ! christ’s peace and joy to you in 2017 as well !!! xoxo

    1. I’ll be your daughter any day! Every girl could use more than one mom! 🙂 May God continue to bless your beautiful family as well! Hugs to you –

  3. Merry Christmas to you and Christian in the snowy mountains this year! You are my all-time favorite blogger because of your vulnerability, hilarious jokes, and obviously the cutest outfits around! I aspire to be like you 🙂

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  4. Love your card photo!! Where did you guys go to take these? Always looking for a new place to take photos here in So Cal! Happy Holidays to one of my favorite bloggers!

  5. Where do you and your husband attend church? My husband and I have been on a search to find a church that is traditional with a modern touch and has worshippers of all ages.

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