This is our second Christmas as husband and wife.  For the first, we celebrated at our home in Seattle, just the two of us.  But this year Kyle and I spent the past week visiting both of our families.  We started our vacation in Dallas with the Benadoms.  Some highlights were seeing friends, baking Pulla bread, and watching White Christmas on Christmas Eve.  Then we flew to Wisconsin, where I was hoping to see some snow on the ground, but unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) the Wisconsin weather was warmer than usual for this time of year.  We baked and frosted Christmas cookies, played Sequence, and watched the Packers play.  Now, as I'm cozied up and warmed by the heat of our fireplace back in Seattle, I reflect on not only the blessing of family and the ability to visit them, but also on how many blessings have been scattered throughout this past year.  With tomorrow being New Years Eve, we will will say goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015 with the excitement of what the next year may hold.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

- The Zabels