Well, jeez, it’s already time to start celebrating Christmas… And I haven’t even shared the photos we took during Canadian thanksgiving (from October). I wrote a brief post about it on Facebook, but I wanted to share a little more about why this holiday is so precious to me. I grew up in Canada, and even though I moved to the States a while ago, I still hold on to my Roots.

In the thirteen years since I’ve known Shawn, he has never ever had the chance to spend Thanksgiving with us in Canada. I couldn’t believe that God orchestrated it in such a way that not only were we on the East coast Thanksgiving weekend, but Shawn also had a 4-day break from the school he’s in. You have no idea how much of a non-coincidence that is, so I can only say that God knew my heart needed this. And to top it all off, it was our first Canadian thanksgiving all together as a family, Myles having been born last March. So, this was no small deal for our family!

Naturally, I had to get my mom to snap a few shots of us (actually, we took about 400 shots because do you have any freaking idea how hard it is to get just one good shot of five different people?!!!). Thanks for your patience, mom!!! 😉I was able to snap a few photos of a few of my other family members who were able to spend the weekend with us! Above: The Graham family and the Lane family. Ally is pregnant with their third son and is due in 2019! Below: My sister, Tiffany and her husband, Matt.Above: my cousin, Bronte (coolest name, ever, in my opinion – pronounced Bron-tee) and her boyfriend, Mike. Below: My cousin, Zack, who loves to spend time on the dock, looking out at the water. He is autistic, so I love to capture special, candid moments like this. He is such an amazing and sweet soul.

YOU GUYS. Sorry for the photo overload, but you have no idea how hard it was to pick just these ones to share with you. There are SO MANY OTHERS that I love!!! Ohhh my gosh, I cannot say enough wonderful things about Lindsey Bickert Photography. You know what? You’re just going to have to go like her FACEBOOK PAGE and check out her WEBSITE while you’re at it. She’s amazing – if you live in the Springs, you need to book her asap! She is amazing and so good with kids. Please, guys, treat yourself to a good family session and book Lindsey while she still has spots remaining!

This post will officially be my last Colorado-Springs-Summer-Adventures post. We did our best to get out this past summer and explore all the Springs (and surrounding areas) had to offer. Sometimes I took pictures, but most times I didn’t. To be honest, it is really time-consuming and ridiculously difficult to take pictures of three kids as well as details of the area. Shocking, right?

Anyway, we’re not sure whether or not we will be moving in May of 2019, so this past summer might very well have been our last in the Springs. Another moment of honesty: I AM SO READY TO MOVE! Shawn and I are eager to explore the world and give our children a chance to experience different areas and (hopefully) different cultures. It’s all in God’s hands, though, so our dreams may be put on hold for a few more years. We won’t know for a while, but I’ll keep you posted.

These were taken about two-and-a-half months ago in Manitou Springs, an adorable little city located just outside of Colorado Springs. We visit here often; we love the quaint little shops and fun restaurants. We will definitely miss this city if we move, but I’m glad I took the time to take pictures so we can look back on our fun time with friends!PS We visited Manitou with one of my good friends, Hope. She is pregnant with her third baby now, and she is also a blogger! Check out her Facebook page here, and her blog here. You will not regret reading about her family’s story. It is a powerful message of loss, love, and healing. I am so proud of her honesty and openness. God is using her in many ways – I know her posts will speak to you, in ways you may not even expect!