Merry Christmas… from the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2012

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m taking a two-week blogging break to spend time with family — and to enjoy Dave’s extra-long two FULL weeks of Christmas break!

I already have a bunch of fun posts, ideas, and giveaways planned for the New Year — and hopefully I’ll be able to inspire you to simplify and organize your home and life EVEN MORE in 2013!!

In the mean time, please, please, please, don’t get too caught up in all the shopping, cleaning, baking, and decorating that often consume us this time of year (unless of course, you really enjoy those activities and have fun doing them with family!)

While Dave and I will most definitely still be working (we’re the type that don’t really ever stop working completely), we will also take lots of time to relax, have fun at family Christmas parties, eat WAY too much food, watch cheesy Christmas movies, and hopefully catch up on a little sleep… if Nora lets us!

Speaking of Nora, I’m looking forward to lots of “firsts” with her this year.

Since she was only 5 weeks old last Christmas, we didn’t really get to do anything fun with her or for her… so this is the first Christmas that she’ll be able to help open her gifts, the first Christmas she’ll be able to go out in the snow (if we have any!), the first Christmas she’ll be able to undo my Christmas decorations, and the first Christmas she’ll be able to play with all the toys she will get from her Grandparents!

As many of you know, I LOVE sending (and receiving) Christmas cards every year — however, since I obviously can’t mail them to all of you, I thought I’d share some pictures of our card instead!  I ordered our cards from and was very happy with how they turned out. 

I’ve always been a big fan of the text “Joy to the world…” I used it on our cards from 2009, but I figure it couldn’t hurt to use it again… especially since I had the most perfect picture to use for the front of our card!

Isn’t it fabulous!

The card says, “We hope your Christmas season is filled with THIS much JOY!”

Here’s the actual picture — just because the coloring on the photo above doesn’t do it justice.

Here’s the back of our card:

And here’s a larger view of our family picture:

It was really cold when we got our pictures taken… but thanks to the quick work of Brandon at Modern Photograhics, we got a pile of fabulous family pictures in about 30 minutes!

And he actually got Nora to smile! 

So enjoy these next two weeks without my crazy ideas flooding your computer, email, and Facebook… but be ready, because I have a whole bunch of simplifying and organizing ideas to share in 2013.

Merry Christmas, friends! 

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  1. Tina


    Merry Christmas to you, and your beautiful family. I pray that you will have a blessed New Year as well. Your blog and website are such a blessing to me. Thanks for all the inspiration, and escape from the busy life of this homeschooling mom! lol! You are making a difference!

    The Bright Family
    Asheville, NC


  2. Tracy @


    Aw – what a cutie!! Enjoy your holiday break!!!


  3. Evie


    Andrea, enjoy your time off with your family! Thanks for everything you do–you really make the world a better place. Merry Christmas! Love Nora’s JOY photo!



  4. jan


    Just to say how much I appreciate your blog and thankyou . . My husband and I are teachers overseeing a group of Christian schools in Adelaide Australia and now in South Carolina too. We have 4 chn. I have recommended your blog to many mums and we thankyou forthe encouragement and blessing your have been. Enjoy your break….


  5. Teri


    Merry Christmas to you, also Andrea. Thank you for letting me watch your life journey unfold.


  6. Lynn Oyama


    MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thank you so much for your wonderful blog and ideas. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for next year! May God Bless you and yours at this time and always.


  7. karen davis


    Hope you and your family had a Happy Christmas, and Happy New Year! Thank you for all your time, ideas, and sharing your life! Blessings to you and your family! Karen


  8. Mark Knox


    Thank you! My wife recently left and I have 2 girls to support on what is now essentially half the (combined) income we had previously. I actually stumbled onto your site looking for daily planning pages for work (and yours are excellent, by the way- well done!) but have just spent the last 2 hours learning how to use coupons, cut back on expenses and just live more simply (and inexpensively). To say that your site is a lifesaver may sound a bit overdone to you, but I have already developed new strategies in several areas of my life based on the advice you offer here, and I can’t thank you enough for having so much crucial information available in one place.

    God bless you!
    Mark Knox


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Mark, so glad you’ve found some helpful information here. Sounds like you are on the right track learning how to best use your resources (time, money, space, etc.)

    Blessings to you and your family!


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