Wrapping up the Holidays

It has been such a busy season for our family, and while we’ve enjoyed every second with our adored family and best of friends, I’m sure glad to get back to our normal! Here’s a quick recap — in photos — of our magical holiday.

My cuties learning about baby Jesus’ arrival.

Me adoring my daughter on her very first Christmas.

Reading our new favorite book. Thank you, Usborne Books!

Walks in the snow. (This west coast girl is still infatuated with the snow!)

Finn Ryan, breakdancing downtown on his third birthday. 12.29.16

Again, the snow! He loves it as much as I do!

Watching these two and their bond this holiday… swoon. She loves daddy.

Kisses from Aunt KiKi.

Can I get a round of applause for all four subjects smiling at the camera. It’s a Christmas miracle!

Happy Holiday from this Fresh Lens, hope your January is off to an adventurous start.

I still mean it today.

I Taylor take you, Daniel, to be my husband
My constant friend,
My faithful partner,
And my love,
From this day forward,
Whatever the future holds.
In the presence of God, our family and friends
I offer you my solemn vow,
To put your needs above my own,
To love you and stand by you,
In plenty and in want,
In joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health,
As your faithful companion.
I promise to love you with all of my heart
To support, honor and respect you
And to cherish you always,
As long as we both shall live.

I meant them five years ago, and I mean them today.

But today, I’ve seen what it means to be in want, what it means to put your needs before mine, to support you and respect you, to cherish you, your health, and your safety. We’ve seen sorrow and loss, conflict and hardship, hurt feelings and tears, and long uphill battles, and we’ve seen so joy — so much joy.

We’ve seen contentment, we’ve tasted how sweet it is when we seek and He allows us to find His will for our lives. We’ve seen His blessing in the faces of our littles ones, His provision in the laughter of our friendships, and His love in our dedication to each other.

So today, I mean them, I really really mean them.

Happy Anniversary, Dan Monaco, I love you! Cheers to the last, amazing, five years.

Aaron Shintaku
Aaron Shintaku
Elizabeth Hansen
Jenna Graham
Taylor Monaco