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Merry Christmas!


I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! I've decided to do a year-in-review a little early, since we're heading to warm weather at the start of the New Year.

We had a wonderful 2015, with the biggest blessing being our little baby Olle boy. Here are some other highlights:

 1. We kicked off the year with a family trip to The Dells, where Lucy stole the show in this teeny bikini.
 2. We're praising God for Lucy's continued progress with her eye. Every appointment this year has been positive and we know that is because of God's provision.
 3. At 31 weeks I ran a half marathon. It was a fun run, and I am thankful for strong legs and that I was able to finish all 13.1 miles
 4. At the beginning of July we spent a day in Stillwater. We celebrated our last weekend as a family of 3, and had the best time giving Lucy all the love and attention she could handle.
 5. Sleepiest/best/most handsome Olle Roger entering our lives on July 10th. We love this little boy so very, very much and feel so blessed that he is here to complete our family.
 6. Celebrating Lauren and Jon in Michigan. We're so thankful to have scored such an awesome brother in law and so happy for Lauren to have found the love of her life!
 7. Vino in the Valley date. We had been waiting all summer for this and the day was PERFECT, Sten and I had the best time at this Wisconsin gem.
 8. Lucy turned TWO! We celebrated with a Sofia cake!
 9. We got to go to a Vikings game with our friends Jen and Brent! It was a little chilly and the Vikes lost, but it was SUCH an awesome experience! We're grateful for our friends here in Wisconsin (even if they are Packer fans ;)
 10. Celebrating our 7th anniversary downtown Chicago.

 11. We LOVED spending time with cousins while in Michigan, and continue to LOVE living close to Amos and Olive and getting into lots of trouble at gma and gpas!
11. Aaaand last, but NOT least... our many trips to Bay Lake this summer. We are thankful for every memory made. Lucy is obsessed with the cabin and we love watching her love it. It is Sten's happy place, and I've found it to be a place of much peace and joy. We are thankful for Sten's Grandma and Aunt and Uncle who so generously let us enjoy this slice of heaven- and spoil Lucy every time we're there :)

As 2015 comes to a close, I can't help but look back over the year with a happy heart, knowing God has blessed us richly.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sten, Erica, Lucy and Olle Carlson