The Christmas Gift I’m Giving Myself

I give myself a Christmas gift every year.

It’s always something that I don’t take the time to do during the normal routine of my life–something like a pedicure or going bra shopping. Last week I decided to do something a little different.

Last week I decided I would unplug for the holidays. You won’t be seeing posts here on The R House until after the new year where we will talk about our Family Theme for this year.


You can follow our non-blogged shenanigans on Instagram if you’d like. Stop by and say hi. There’s also a steady stream of awesome all scheduled for you on The R House Facebook Page.

Here’s hoping you get to have yourself a merry little white Christmas with lots of sledding and snowman building and hot chocolate.


Until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



More than a baby

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

I loved this message about the birth and life of the Savior.

It hit me so hard that the Baby Jesus we celebrate this time of year is the One who saves me everyday. This season is about more than a baby–it’s about the life that was lived and the miracles that take place everyday because of that life.

I really needed Him this year. I am beyond grateful for His birth, but especially for His life, death and resurrection.

Merry Christmas, friends. May the HOPE if the Prince of Peace shine brightly in your heart today.


Displaying Christmas Cards

Don’t you love getting Christmas cards?

It’s one of my favorite things about the holidays! But what do you do with all those beautiful cards?

Since we have an Art Gallery on the back of the door where I would usually hang our holiday cards, we do something a little bit different.


Across the curtain rod in my kitchen, I hang a piece of yarn. (Hint: Make it pretty taut as the yarn will stretch as you add more cards to it.)

As the cards come pouring in, just attach them to the yarn with a paperclip. By the end of the season, they run about 3 deep in some places, but I love the colorful, festive “bunting” it makes in my eating area.

Merry Christmas Card Season!