Tuesday, December 25, 2012

all i want for Christmas is you.


if you were to ask me earlier this holiday season what i wanted for Christmas, all i really wanted this year was to finally be with Ryan -  and man, was i ever blessed with him and so much more (will promise to share more pics soon about all of that)! i am married to my best friend and was welcomed into his very loving family. we celebrated Christmas morning at Ryan's home with his parents, brother, sister-in-law, and i'm sure many of you remember Ryan's adorable niece, Lily. with soft Christmas music playing in the background, we opened up our stockings, ate a Christmas breakfast, watched Lily play with all of the wrappings and boxes, and just enjoyed each other's company. the rest of the day was spent lounging in PJs, eating leftovers from the Christmas meal, munching on candy from our stockings  and watching lots of movies. and also one of my favorite parts of the day was waking up and reading the Christmas passage from the book of Matthew with my husband.

my heart feels very full today - being with Ryan (it's our first EVER Christmas together!), spending time with his family, grateful for technology to keep in touch with my own family back in SC and my sister in IA, and of course, remembering the true reason for the season, Jesus. however you celebrated this day, my friend, i hope that you were blessed with family, loved ones, or even a delicious take-out box of Chinese food and i certainly want to wish you a very, merry Christmas!

much love.
{merry christmas, friend.}

20 comments:

  1. aww i love it ilene! i'm so so very happy for both of you! and i can't wait to meet ryan :)

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  2. Soo happy for the two of you! Merry merry Christmas!

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  3. beautiful post! It is a special day to spend with family & you captured that! Congrats on your Christmas with Ryan. Looks like a beautiful day. <3, Amy

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  4. Love the pictures! Looks very cozy. Sounds like our christmas.

    Tiffany

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  5. awwwww what a great first christmas with your HUSBAND!! does that feel weird to hear or say?? it did for me, for like the longest time!! hehe! but it's amazing!! merry christmas!!

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  6. I am so happy for you! All of the pictures look like a fun, family Christmas. I'm so glad you finally were able to enjoy a Christmas with your husband!

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  7. Too cute for words.

    Merry Christmas!!

    xoxo,
    Rachel Nicole

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  8. Illy the pictures are truly amazing and I am so glad to know that you've had such a joyful loving Christmas. I too had an amazing one. I think festivals do provide us with the opportunity to spend time with our loved ones and cherish their existence to the fullest!

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  9. Beautiful family photos you've got there! =)

    My fiancee got me a stuffed stocking this year - I loved all the gifts that she hid inside! I want to believe that this was one of my first stockings, ever! I may be wrong, but this is the only one that I can remember.

    Have yourself a Merry Christmas!

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  10. Yay Ilene! I'm so happy for you! ;D You two look happy btw, are these before or after the wedding? :) Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of 2012. Make it splendid!

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  11. What a lovely post. Congrats and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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  12. congrats to you guys!! you'll find he's your best friend, and no one will understand like he does. so happy for your guys! :)

    glad to hear you guys had a great Christmas!!
    xo
    Alisha

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  13. Sounds like you two had a lovely Christmas!! Congrats again Ilene!! xo

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  14. YAY ILENE AND HUBS!!! (yeah, I said hubs) This is so cute! I love that you have a stocking at ryan's family's house!! That is so sweet :) I convinced bub's family it lounge in PJs all day too, best decision ever.

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  15. Er me gersh, I am so happy for your both! I can tell how happy and blessed you both are to have each other.:')Merry Christmas, and thanks for sharing a bit of yours with us.:)

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  16. How cute you two together! Merry Christmas!! Congrats again :)

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  17. I hope we're going to get wedding details soon lady!

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  18. AWE! Such a blessed adorable family... LOVE the pics!

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