Hello, friends. I’m sure you’ve spent much of the day giving and receiving best wishes for 2013. I’d like to add mine to the mix. I hope this year is filled with joy and love, and when life gets a little gray, don’t forget about the joy and love that surrounded you in the past. I like to be hopeful at the beginning of each year. Even though 2012 was filled with a lot of bad luck as well as death and illness in our family, we have an overwhelming amount of love in our lives. 2012 was also the year we got married and shared one of the most special weekends of our lives with family and friends. A wedding is one big memory to hold on to, but my resolution is to strive to find joy in the smallest experiences and hold them as reminders that life is lovely, even if difficult. Here are a few small things from our holiday that brought me joy.



Broncos, my Broncos. We attended the Sunday game before Christmas, and the weather was warm in the sun, the Broncos kicked some butt, and it was a couple hours of pure fun.

Mile High Broncos vs Browns

We spent Christmas Day at home, just the two of us. It was quiet, intimate and relaxing, and cozy too with the faux fireplace on our TV.

photo(8)Though we were alone at the holiday, we opened lots of gifts from family, including an assortment of pickles from Tony Packo’s in Ohio. This is a tradition that my husband grew up with and one I’m starting to enjoy myself — condiments from the home state for the holidays. Nostalgic food is so heartwarming — and the illustrations on the labels are so adorable that I smile every time I see them!


Another tradition bringing simple joy: for the second year in a row, we took a snowy, chilly walk around Denver’s Sloan’s Lake on Christmas Day.


What are some simple joys you enjoyed this holiday season?

Here’s to sharing 2013’s simple joys, creativity and craftiness!