The In-Between.

My last post gave you a glimpse of what Christmas looked like for my family this year, but there was much more that went on between the tree-hunting, decorating, cookie-baking, gift-giving, and picture-taking than was documented, so this post will be filling in the gaps.

tableIn case I haven’t written about it, June of 2014, I took a promotion to a Human Resource Analyst 1 position with Labor & Industry.  From the time I began learning the work, I felt like this was where God lead me.  I was learning an entirely new-to-me piece of Human Resources and I’ve been loving it.  My co-workers call me snoopy, because they’ve been “impressed by my investigative skills”… I tell them it’s just because I’m nosy 🙂 I enjoy every one of the people I work with, if I’m being honest, and I know that God has placed me there for reasons much more than just furthering my career — there are lives to reach and people to love.  This Christmas, I was part of the “Holiday Party Planning Committee” and participated, along with several others, in helping to throw together a nice little gathering for the Bureau.  There were centerpieces, door prizes, games, a photo booth, and tons of food.  We had a lot of fun with it.

photoboothThe Deputy Secretary of L&I, Janet Anderson with Heather and I

Jarid and I also took part in our Bible Study’s Christmas party at our friend Adrienne’s house.  She was so sweet to open her home up to such a huge group of us and was a great hostess, along with her husband Dave.  We adore them!

After sharing in a potluck Italian feast (Jarid and I brought the salad), we dug into the scripture for a little while.  I can’t tell you how great it feels to be part of such a fantastic home group who are all hungry for the Lord…it is such an encouragement.

We also had a little Christmas get together with our friends, Mike & Julie!  Julie was so sweet — she prepared a meal for the four of us.

It was absolutely delicious and something I can definitely handle making again.

tableIf any of you have ever eaten Chicken Bryan from Carrabba’s, it was a lot like that, only without the butter sauce.  Chicken breast topped with goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes with a little bit of lemon and olive oil.  She also made a side of broccoli cooked in a little bit of coconut oil and I contributed a tomato/cucumber salad + vanilla muffins for dessert.

We had a great time using more props that Julie found at Target to get some group and couple pictures.  Later, we exchanged Christmas gifts and ate dessert!  And that’s what happened “in-between”. I know it’s the middle of January, but I don’t want to forget about any the neat people and relationships that God’s been building in our lives.  Happy 2015!  Oh, and you won’t be seeing any crazy party post from my New Years… unfortunately my sick butt was on the couch when the ball dropped.  Luckily, I have a studly, empathetic husband who took really good care of me 🙂  Here’s to everything that this year has in store!

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