Happy New Year! Last month was a lot of wonderful accented with heavy moments of fully leaning on the Lord. It's beautiful how God uses trials to show us what truly matters in life. More about that later.
For now, let's talk about some sparkles of sunshine!
Katie was chosen to perform in the Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet- one last time. (She'll be too tall next year.) She was a Party Girl and a Mouse. I believe this experience will be a defining moment for my sweet girl. She absolutely loved every single moment. "Spasiba" and "Nyet" are words she'll never forget.
My husband had business in Florida and kindly asked if we'd like to join him. A snow storm, car trouble, flight cancellations and more made it quite the journey. We still managed to smile- most of the time.
We did some Christmas shopping and sightseeing in Kansas City. Nordstrom, The Cheesecake Factory and Country Club Plaza. There are certainly worse places to get stuck!
The window displays were delightful.
How cute is this??!
My favorite Starbucks- with a double sided fireplace. This is the outside portion- under a beautiful tree! It was much too cold to sit and enjoy, though. Inside was packed!
Anthropologie. It's inspiring just walking through their stores! Creative genius, to be sure.
Mugs and ornaments!
Lights were everywhere. The fairies had been busy!
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After delays and de-icing we finally made it to Chicago. Did I mention that we sat on the plane for 3 hours until they finally let us leave? It was CA-razy. Then we missed our connecting flight. But look at the beauty that awaited us inside the airport! Chicago, you took my breath away...
We slept 4 hours at a hotel-in our clothes- and were thankful. Everyone we spoke with (most had missed flights) were in good spirits. A man was convincingly dressed as Santa on the shuttle. He was quite jolly like Santa, too. That put a little smile in my heart.
We finally made it to Florida. Happily, we headed to the movies to see The Book Thief with my Dad. It was very good- but the book was better. It seems that's always the case.
It was so good to have a happy ending to our airplane adventure. Oh, but I have much more to share with you...