What a year 2020 has been. It first started as being a newfound sense of renewal and yet somehow it’s ending with all of us enduring Covid and the social restrictions that have become our new normal, a chaotic election year, and overall uncertainty of what 2021 will bring. Nonetheless, it’s not going to stop me from ringing in the holiday season and continuing to find the joy – even if it can be difficult to spot.
One thing that I always love to do each year (but somehow tend to forget until the 11th hour) is send out our Christmas cards. I feel so “on it” this year, even with our move, because I was forward thinking enough to get photos taken and cards printed ahead of time.
Back in October we wanted to visit friends of ours in Ventura before moving and while we were out there I thought to connect with the photographer we’d used from the very beginning. Thankfully she was free the weekend we were in town and we got gorgeous photos that would not only be perfect for our cards, but would be the perfect addition has hung photos in our new home. Not to mention, it’s wonderful to capture this moment for us as a family since we’ll be welcoming our baby girl in the spring. Talk about hitting multiple birds with one stone.
Typically I would go with Minted for our cards, but this year I changed things up and used a company called Basic Invite. Our photographer had a coupon code for 20% off and I thought why not give them a try.
I loved their options for cards and found the perfect one for this year – their Floral Snaps Christmas Card design. It was simplistic and showcased a few of the photos we took. It was such an easy process to customize and our cards were shipped so quickly. I also love that Basic Invite includes peel-and-seal envelopes, offers envelope printing (I used our custom address stamp here), and will even mail your cards directly to your loved ones if you so choose. Talk about high convenience for an affordable price.
Overall, I am so happy with the shopping process and our cards turned out so great. I see that they’re having a 15% off event on everything sitewide until the end of December. Use the code 15FF51 at checkout and enjoy!
Life Update & Writing Challenge
On a more somber note, you may or may not have noticed that I’ve been missing these last few days worth of posts for our 25 Days of December writing challenge. I’ve been a little MIA on here because my grandmother has been ill for some time and was finally able to make it home to rest and recover from weeks in the hospital and PT rehab center. Within a few days her health took a turn once more and she’s back in the hospital, this time in hospice care for the beginnings of kidney failure. She has refused any type of treatment – and I don’t blame her. She’s being so strong and has said she’s ready to part with this life.
It’s been a challenging week as my entire family has gone through an influx of emotions as we prepare to say goodbye. I’m grateful I had the time to speak with her on the phone while she was still able to and to have those final moments with her. At this point it’s just keeping her comfortable and hoping the hospital can make accommodations to have my aunt and uncles with her in the end (Covid has restricted the amount of family that can be in her room at a time). She’ll be free of suffering and be reunited with my grandfather soon.
With that said, I am pausing the writing challenge for this year. My hope is to pick it back up next year. Thank you to everyone who has shown interest, commented, or shared the challenge.
Wishing you all a happy holiday and be sure to hug your loved ones a little closer this year!