The end of the year was a whirlwind around here, much like the rest of the year. 2015 was a pretty big year in the Rhoades' household - we've had so much happening with the house, I got settled in to my new position at work, we went on our first big out-of-the-country vacation, and we found out that we were expecting our first little farmhand!
|6 weeks left - about time we get on this!|
With everything we had going on (and by that I mean... in the middle of laying all the floors in our house), I did something VERY unlike myself this year - I didn't put up the big Christmas tree. And guess what?! Christmas still happened! Honestly, after all the hoopla of the construction and house being torn apart, I'm quite enjoying my blank walls and finished floors - and my $3 target Christmas tree.
I spent many nights in the past few weeks, sitting on the couch looking at our small tree, contemplating how very much our lives are about to be changed in the next year. For the better of course, but absolutely terrifying none the less, but I know we are beyond bless and so very thankful. So I sat, and enjoyed the little things (like being able to just sit, ha!), and tried to not be too scared about what the future holds ;)
But now, onto the Christmas in the Country 2015 Gift Reveal!!! This is by far my most favorite part of CITC! While I love seeing everyone sign up, making matches, and sending out names - seeing the end result and what everyone received will always be the most rewarding part for me! While Laurie and I LOVE hosting the swap, honestly there are times when we get a bit overwhelmed. From missing and returned packages, to last minute address changes, to dogs to help themselves to boxes of goodies before they are shipped (wish I was kidding!) - it's not always quite as easy as it seems. But despite the challenges, whenever we get to the reveals I always find myself blown away by how compassionate and giving and wonderful all of our participants are! You guys are the very best, and once again thank you so much for participating in our exchange!!! We love you!
Here is what I received in the gift exchange - I got a gift from the lovely Maggie Malson who writes over at Idaho Cattle Women. She sent me some lovely things that I absolutely adore! She sent some caramel candies (salted caramel is the way to my heart!), an adorable hot chocolate ornament, a beautiful handmade card and a couple of home decor pieces - both of which she made herself! She is so talented, I can't wait to display them on my new walls, the deer piece may stay up year round! She also sent me a carrier wrap for the baby - one that she used herself on her own little ones - how amazingly thoughtful is that?
Meanwhile, I sent a package over to Mandie Thiel at Life on Dreams and Prayers. I hope she enjoyed her gift, but I feel bad I didn't get to make her anything myself this year - just too much going on! You'll have to check out her blog to see what I sent her.
And to see what everyone else got, look no further! Just check out the linkup below. Remember to linkup your blog post if you participated - linkups will be open until Jan 12th! I encourage all of you who participated to visit as many posts as possible and leave comments - we love seeing the connections made from this swap and these linkup are the best way to get to know each other.