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Merry Christmas From Denise

Well, it's getting close to the actual day!! Are you ready? I am definitely not. I started the week off only having bought 3 presents. The kids are home and I can't exactly take them with me everywhere that I need to go. But ya know what? It's okay!! I'm doing my best to not stress about it. What needs to get done will get done. It's so nice to be home with my family. December is always a challenging, but good month for us. After we get off tour, it's just wonderful to be home. Who cares that I just now got the tree decorated or that my house is a wreck? i think I realize more and more every year how much I just cherish being home.

Speaking of home. I consider two places home. One, is of course here in Nashville. We will be celebrating Christmas morning in a new house this year. IT will be fun to develop new memories for this home. Then we will go to Oklahoma (the place that built me). My boys are soooo excited to go and be with their grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. I love that they love Oklahoma and that it is a part of them even though they weren't born there and have never lived there. We will get to ring in the New Year there. I can't believe this year has already gone by. It just seems a few months ago that we were on the Mark Schultz tour. Spence is now 3 inches taller than me. Price plays guitar way better than me. I mean, it's just unbelievable how fast they are growing.

God has walked with me this year. I pray that I'm growing in the ability to find calmness in Him. I am so thankful for many things this year, but I'm looking forward to what lies ahead in next year as well.

Have a wonderful time being with the people you love as you celebrate the One who loved us most of all. As I reflect on our newly recorded song "The Giver and The Gift". He truly is our all in all. Without him we would have nothing. Thank you Jesus for giving us the ability to even believe in you. It's truly amazing.

Have a Merry Christmas!! Happy Birthday Jesus!
Love,
Denise

Family Christmas Outing

While I should have been packing for Little Rock yesterday, I was still doing laundry, last minute Christmas shopping, getting my hair colored, AND preparing for our big night out as a family before leaving for Christmas today.

Caroline and I go every year together to see the Rockettes out at Opryland. I was thinking that maybe this year, since life was so crazy, that maybe we would save the money and not go.

“But mom, it’s a TRADITION.”

“OK, sweet only child that gets anything she wants, we’ll go.”

So I ordered three tickets, really great seats, and told Dave he was going too. Found out last night he had never seen them! It was such a great show. We really enjoyed it and Caroline has a Rockettes Commemorative Christmas Ornament to prove it.

So anywho, during the day yesterday, we went to get our nails done so they would look good for our big night out. Not Dave, just me and Caroline. (sidenote-Dad refuses to do anything nail related,but he should. I always see guys in there.)

This is my FAVORITE OPI Holiday color. It’s called Crimson Carol and it’s red with a little sparkle in it. I love it. It makes me happy.

We both got this color. Caroline also got snowflakes on her thumbs. I did not. Don’t want to be a copy cat.

We were talking on the way home from nails about what we would wear.

“A Christmas dress mom.”

“OK, cool. We have two.”

“Mom, I don’t like…what’s that called?”

“Plaid?”

“Yeah, I don’t LIKE plaid.”

“OK, I wasn’t aware of that.”

“Mom, that’s too short on me.”

“No, it’s really not.”

“Please can I just wear what I wore in the Christmas show?”

“OK.”

“I’m happy now.”

Dad and Caroline ready to go! I really miss our fiddle player Demitri, who did her hair every night she was out on the Christmas tour. Last night, we were back to the last minute ponytail.

But she still looks cute.

Well, since it’s 9am and I haven’t packed a single thing, I better get going…

Next stop…Arkansas…