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Christmas Eve Weekend View

Can you believe it is Christmas Eve?
All is calm. 
All is bright. 
All is sprinkled with twinkle lights and Christmas magic.

And our house is full with the kids... and 3 new grand dogs. 
And our original grand dog Mr. Weenie. 
And I will be honest... 
it feels a bit crazy with loud chaos with each of them running around like maniacs 
and barking. 
That is a lot of puppy energy in the house.

And the kids chasing after the dogs as they antagonize each other. 
And the wrapping paper being shredded to bits by the husky grand dog, the squeaks to be picked up from the wee maltipoo grand dog, and Mr. Weenie barking for more food and speaking of food while Sweet Pea retreats to the bedroom to escape the chaos....
 the food flying has been out of the fridge
 and the coffee has been on repeat.

And I love every single minute of it.

The chaos. 
The busy. 
The noise. 
The messes. 

I love the hustle and bustle and busy in the house with the kids home. 
This is the first Christmas that all the kids have moved out of the house
so I am feeling even more excited to have a full happy crazy chaotic house again. 

This past week and this weekend-
I am taking time to simply be present and enjoy the fleeting Christmas season 
and the magic that comes with it. 
This year it feels like the holiday season has absolutely flown by and when I realized we were just a few short days away from Christmas last week, 
 I decided to slow down, take a bit of a break and simply enjoy. 

And I am going to be a bit mushy over here very soon for several reasons.
I am so excited about so much coming to French Country Cottage in the new year and I am so grateful for the opportunities that this blog has brought.
And a big reason of that is because of you. 
Each and every one of you who takes the time to come by and read my posts and say hello are a huge part of French Country Cottage and I am so incredibly grateful for each and every you and your friendship and support. 

I cannot say thank you enough 
and I am so thankful that you are a part of my world. 

Wishing you the merriest and most blessed Christmas sprinkled
 with an abundance of magic.

Merry Christmas everyone.


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Courtney! I'm so glad you are thoroughly enjoying your full house. Cheers, Ardith

  2. Have a wonderful time with your family
    and a fabulous 2018

  3. Wishing you and yours all the magic that Christmas has to offer! LOVE your blog, my fav for sure:)

  4. A very Merry Christmas from Australia, where it’s Christmas Day already!

  5. Wishing your family peace and love at Christmas and always.

  6. Wishing your family peace and love at Christmas and always.

  7. New to your blog, I love it! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  8. Thank you for bringing beautiful images into my home every day ! Merry Christmas and God bless you and to his
    Son all the Glory!!

  9. Merry & Blessed Christmas to you and your family.

  10. Abundant blessings to you today and in the new year to come.

  11. Wishing you and your family good health, lots of laughs, great food, good friends and lots of love to enjoy your life together.

  12. Merry Christmas Courtney! Love your posts and pictures.

  13. Merry Christmas Courtney! You have a beautiful blog and it brings me so much enjoyment and Ideas! I look forward to 2018's French Country Cottage posts, and your book. I am thinking I may want a camera for a new hobby :).

  14. A Happy Christmas to you and all your family. Your writings and photos are so inspiring--I so look forward to them! All the very best to you for this new year. Kindest regards, Kathleen

  15. A Happy Christmas to you and to all your family, Courtney! Your writings and photos inspire me--and I so look forward to them! I wish you all the very best for the new year. Kindest regards, Kathleen

  16. Merry Christmas and good wishes for the New Year! Thanks for your postings and beautiful photos that we all get some new inspiration from! Cheers to 2018!

  17. I also love every bit of Christmas. All the chaos, the noise, the people, everything. It's such a magical time!