Merry Christmas From The Batdorfs

December 17, 2023

By Haylee Batdorf

Well, I hope we are all holding up during this busy holiday season! My husband and I have already had a full month of holiday/Christmas activities, which have been nothing short than a blessing, and there is much more to come! There is nothing better than spending time with the ones you love during this season. I love Christmas for oh so many reasons, but it is a chance to have a heart of giving, gratitude, and intentionality. I am especially grateful for all of our readers/visitors. I hope each and every one of you have a blessed Christmas! 

With love,

The Batdorfs

Take a Moment for Yourself

December 10, 2022

By Haylee Batdorf

So often, we hear of people getting so stressed and overwhelmed with the never-ending to-do list of Christmas preparations. We crowd our family calendars with activity after activity, last minute appointments, and shopping until we drop. I tend to find myself missing that magical feeling that Christmas brought every year. The weeks used to feel so long, and there would be so many sleepless nights just waiting in anticipation for all of the excitement. I recently listened to a podcast about taking time for yourself during the busy holiday season. Oof... that can be a hard task. But, I decided to give it a try. If anyone knows me, I love coffee. So I started by grabbing myself a hot, Starbucks drink, and coming home to a quiet space. I put on my favorite Christmas album, Michael Buble Christmas of course, and just enjoyed the music and cheer. It brought a sense of peace in the midst of my busy life. I wrapped a few gifts and reflected on the Christmas story. Suddenly, my stress turned to excitement, and that little Christmas magic feeling came over my heart again. So I encourage you with this today. If you are overwhelmed, whether that has to do with your schedule, your finances (because we all know that can be a stressor this time of year), or simply if you are feeling down this year, I encourage you to take a moment for yourself. Here are a couple of my "me-time" pictures, and I would love to see yours! Feel free to share yours in the comments on our Facebook post!

Creating New Traditions

December 3, 2022

By Haylee Batdorf

My husband and I have been married for a little over a year, and one of our favorite things to do together are make new traditions, especially at Christmas time! Over the past couple of years (even in our dating years) we kept finding ourselves going back to same light show just outside of Oklahoma City each year. Last night, we officially made that a new tradition for our little family! We changed into cozy clothes, grabbed our dog to bring him along for the ride, and listened to lots Christmas music. All of the Christmas light displays were beautiful, and we enjoyed our family time together! I encourage you this holiday season to take time to spend with your family and make new memories. I would love to hear some of your favorite Christmas traditions!