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A Perfectly Imperfect Christmas...

One of my favorite things during the holidays is to receive cards.
I love seeing and hearing from people I may not otherwise have constant contact with 
throughout the year.

This year I received one special card from my younger 
(yet apparently wiser beyond her years) sister. 
Inside she hand-wrote the following quote:

"There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ.  Let it be a time that lights the eyes of children and puts laughter on their lips.  Let it be a time for lifting the lives of those who live in loneliness... let it be a time of forgetting self and finding time for others.  Let it be a time for discarding the meaningless and for stressing true values.  Let it be a time of peace because we have found peace..."
- Thomas S. Monson

The timing of this quote could not be more fitting.  
You see I have recently found myself missing from this holidays season.  
I have been "here", and yet not here at all?!

Instead of being present during the moments that I should be treasuring as they are happening,
I have been focused on trying to document them "perfectly".
Is that even possible???
Not with a toddler, 
a husband that leaves 3 days after Christmas for 2.5 months to work overseas,
two dogs 
three chickens.

Hence the "perfectly" imperfect...

... a Little Lilah enamored by lights, 
a patient Papa Bear left to untangle,  
a super-pokey (dying) tree, 
a clumsy toddler adept at dropping things 
a tree with only 11 sentimental ornaments hung this year.

A "Garlick Christmas" that I wouldn't want any other way!

And so if I am "missing" over the next few days,
or if posts seem slightly imperfect,
just know that I am busy being ever "present" 
for my sweet little family this Christmas.


  1. You almost had me tearing up with that quote! Love it..and those pictures of Lilah are to die for. She is always dressed to the nines! :) Merry Christmas Garlicks!

  2. You have some very pretty ornaments! And I love the pics of Lilah with the lights.

  3. who needs a cab just deck lilah in lights.
    Being present is the most important thing you can do!!

  4. Photos are joyful, perspective is priceless. Please keep sharing as you continue with your Lilah story! ggg

  5. such lovely pictures...
    Your baby is a Darling..

    I am following you, follow back please..


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