Dugouts and Diapers

Jessica Starr Nichols

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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The countdown is officially on, literally. Judy even made Weston a Christmas countdown construction paper chain. He wakes up every morning wanting to know if Uncle Jud is home for Christmas yet. 

   While Judy has kept Weston busy with all sorts of shinanigans…snowball fights with Santa, reminding Weston to eat his citrus, and watching Christmas movies in the middle of the night…Adam and I had a week full of Christmas parties to attend!  
 Adam’s company held a beautiful Christmas party in the meeting space at Courtyard by Marriott. The meal was delicious. Dirty Santa was hilarious, and no one stood a chance at a game of Christmas trivia with Adam and me there. We are so thankful for this wonderful company and the provision it brings for our family. It was also fun to get dressed up for such an occasion. My little black dress came from my favorite store in town, Primrose Hill Boutique. We had a blast and can’t wait for many more years of celebrating with our LBA family. 

Things got real Friday night! Our Sunday school class had a tacky Christmas sweater party, and it was epic! Adam meant he wasn’t wearing a Christmas sweater, so he went as everyone’s favorite cousin…Eddie! Thankfully, my granny is a Christmas sweater master, so simply pairing her sweater and turtleneck with my own sequin mini and Christmas cat socks, my ensemble was complete. While the attire and games were hilarious, the real treat came in delivering Christmas to a hard-working, Latin-American family within our church. This family was so deserving and so overcome with emotion and gratitude that it made our Christmas. Being able to selflessly give to others without expecting or needing anything in return is truly a beautiful thing. 

 My precious Banks finished up his semester exams on Friday, and the amount of time, effort, and dedication that he and his classmates put into their school work is the difference between Houston Academy and every other school. He had five exams, and he studied for approximately 40 hours and answered nearly 1000 exam questions in three days. He finished up the semester with all A’s and 1 B. We are so proud of all the hard work and dedication that he puts in on a daily basis. He is a gift to our family, and watch! He’s going to do amazing things in life! 

 As you all go into the next few days, my prayer is that all of my readers have a very Merry Christmas, and if you’re reading this and have just finished celebrating Chanukah or some other celebratory holiday, Happiest of Holidays to you and your family. Personally, I’m so thankful that my Savior chose to come in the most humble of births to live on this earth in preparation of a death for us and our transgressions. His gift was truly the greatest gift of all! 


Author: jstarrnichols

I'm a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. I love Jesus, my family, my friends, and my life. I enjoy writing, yoga, laughing, and spending time with my manclan. I’m merely striving to be the best version of myself.

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