Featured 5 Ladies from Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up and Christmas photos

December 23, 2014

I can’t get over the fact that tomorrow is Christmas eve! My little family will gather in the morning around the Christmas tree and open gifts to one another and then spend Christmas day with our family members for some good food, games, presents and time remembering what Christmas is really about- Christ’s birth.
The celebration of His life is so overwhelming. I am thankful for Christ coming to this earth and changing lives not only through physical healings and renewals but for cleansing our sin and renewing our lives through His ultimate sacrifice, his death and resurrection.
I know that there is so much joy in this holiday season as we celebrate His birth, but I also know there is sadness and perhaps lonliness. There are people in the world and probably reading this who have lost some loved ones whom they shared this glorious holiday with, going through financial or family problems or only God knows. But God is right there, He is the Almighty and can do all things, heal the broken hearted, lonely, hurt and outcast. If you just believe that He can then He is waiting with open arms for you to come to him with your anger, frustration, and even praise.
I could go on and on about Christmas and the reasons to celebrate but I will leave you with some family Christmas photos taken recently from our photographer Cary Elizabeth and the final five featured ladies that linked up to Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me last Tuesday.

Family Photos from the Garay’s! Merry Christmas!




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These are just the cutest photos! The kids were so difficult, but some good ones came from the trouble of rounding up kids. What do you think?
The best group shot we could get!

Now for the Featured 5 bloggers from last weeks link up:


Dawn of @fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com linked up an adorable Aztec printed cardigan that I couldn’t help but share with you guys as I loved it. I also slightly envied her time spent at the mall and by a firepit in these photos- both sound amazingly nice right now. You can check out the original post here.


Heather of @thriftstories.me posted two very exquisite and lovely outfits that you will need to be sure to check out here. This chica even got her outfits through thrift stores too.
Poncho Love 2
Jill of @dousedinpink.blogspot.com added in a post on her new cute poncho along with a childhood story on her first recollections of a poncho. You can read that story and view her nice casual outfit here.

Tina of @tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com reviewed an eShakti dress perfect for her husbands holiday party. The color and make of the dress just stood out to me, most of all Tina looks so lovely in it. You can read about the review here.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Maria of @notsofancyjustlife.blogspot.com posted a recipe that is one of my favorites to make. It’s easy, cheap and delicious. I have seen many bloggers do this same recipe alongside Maria, but I just had to share it as we do this recipe all the time at our house. You can view the recipe here.

As a reminder last weeks link up was the last of 2014. It has been a joy to host this link up and meet some new bloggers. I hope you will enjoy todays featured. I look forward to the link up to continue in February as January will be a month long break from blogging for me. Enjoy!


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  • dousedinpink December 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    So fun to see your photos! You have a beautiful family! Thank you so much for featuring me! Have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to seeing you in February!

    Doused In Pink

  • Becky @ bybmg December 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Great photos! Have a great blogging break!

  • Missy G December 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, your family is absolutely adorable! I hope you all have a wonderful Merry Christmas!

  • heatherwyancko December 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Rachel! I love these photos of your family! Whoever took them really nailed it!
    Thanks for the feature – have a great Christmas and see you next year.
    Heather Wyancko

  • Tina Bradley December 23, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Rachel, your family is so beautiful and I adore your pics! Thank you for featuring me amongst these talented, gorgeous women! Dawn’s blog is a fave of mine. I am eager to check out the others you’ve featured! Thanks for hosting this blog link up. Holiday hugs to you! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom December 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    What beautiful family photos, you have such adorable kids and they did so well for these!!

  • Kathleen Harper December 24, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Have a very merry holiday! Love these featured looks. So beautiful!

  • Ginny December 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Your family pictures are beautiful! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Shannon December 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Too cute!! I love your family photos!! I hope you have a merry christmas!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Amy Fashion Blog December 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Your Christmas photo’s turned out great. Merry Christmas.

  • Tif @ Bright on a Budget December 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    These pictures are so cute! I have a tough time wrangling 1 kid for pictures, so I can’t imagine wrangling 4! Also, I love your Christmas reflection. I hope you all have the merriest of Christmases!


  • skinnedcartree December 25, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I hope you have a fantastic time with your family. The photographs are beautiful.

    Corinne x

  • Ada December 26, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Oh Rachel, what gorgeous Christmas Photos and how beautiful and festive you are all dressed. I love the girls’ dresses. And the twins have grown up so much.

    I also want to wish you a relaxing and restful January away from blogging! Good for you for taking a break and enjoying life. =))

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas. Here is to a Wonderful 2015!!

    <3 Ada.

  • Shauna December 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Beautiful family photos! Hope you all shared a very Merry Christmas together! Xo



  • Ashley December 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I’m loving the family photos! How cute are you guys?!


  • Maria G December 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I love your family photos! They are so cute! Thank you for featuring me ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you and your family had a great Christmas!

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all December 29, 2014 at 1:38 am

    What cute family photos! Such cute kiddos you have!

  • Bad Taste Toast December 29, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Aaaw your family christmas photos are the cutest! Such pretty outfits and I love all your happy faces! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • A Merry Mess December 30, 2014 at 4:03 am

    What a lovely family photos in holiday seasons!

    From Jing at http://www.bejingxu.com

  • Amanda C December 30, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Oh my gosh Rachel, your family is beautiful! And you look AH-mazing in that red dress! <3
    Xo Amanda | http://sansscrubs.blogspot.com

  • Dawn Lucy December 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks sooo much for featuring me! Wish you could’ve hung out at the mall with me! Sorry I’m a bit behind on my blog reading over the holidays!
    Dawn Lucy

  • jagstyleblog January 4, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Beautiful pictures Rachel! Hope you had an amazing time with your family during the holidays.