Christmas Letter

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Merry Christmas!

2016 has been the most fun yet, and we can’t even believe the joy that has filled our hearts. It has also been the fastest year ever, and I’m told it only speeds up!

In January we entered our biggest adventure and became parents! Our #judebug is the silliest, cutest, chunkiest little thing we have ever seen, and it’s an understatement to say he’s captured our hearts. He loves reading books, eating anything we give him, sleeping, one on one time in the quieter environments, giving kisses, “walking” everywhere (while holding tightly to our fingers), and riding around in the cart at Target (our favorite store). His first word is Night-Night, which is appropriate with how much the kid likes to go to bed. Jude’s had many adventures his first year, including a trip to Disney with my parents, and Destin with Ryan’s side of the family. We also took a road trip to my sister’s house over Labor Day weekend, and are about to do another one for Christmas! This boy is a pro at the car rides already. He’s a total joy. We can’t believe how God has blessed us with our bug. You can read more about our first year’s journey on this blog (he’s completely taken it over).

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The rest of our year has mostly been influenced by the fact that we had a baby, haha. Ryan is still working at Living Water International in the IT department, and has some fantastic co-workers. It is a gift to have friendships with the people you work with, and they definitely get to geek out together on a daily basis. They also keep each other in check (or encourage each other?) with the dad jokes. There’s some cool stuff ahead for the organization, and you can learn more about it at

I (Tiffany) took a break from personal training after Jude was born, and went back to work in March. I was able to adjust my schedule, working the wee hours of the morning until just before noon, which gives me the ability to spend the afternoon at home with Jude. I don’t take that time for granted, and am so thankful that I have been able to be home for Jude’s first year of life! I know not everyone is able to do that, and I treasure that time.

Ryan and I celebrated 5 years of marriage in November! Where have the years gone? We have experienced so much life together and the graces that come with it. So thankful for the gift of marriage and the joy, as well as refining that it brings. Couldn’t imagine life any other way!


We are also still a CARES Team, entering our third year next month! Everything has its challenges, but we have loved this year and the opportunity to love our neighbors. We’ve made some great friendships that have been nothing short of a gift! With having Jude this year, we’ve had to do some extra planning for our events, and could not have pulled it off without our incredible small group. These guys are some of our closest friends, and really are the only reason we haven’t lost our minds. Don’t know what we would do without them.

Looking forward, we are excited to see what comes next in 2017. I’m a little sad that 2016 has flown by so quickly (and especially that Jude is almost a year already!), but I’m eager to dive into what’s ahead.

May you be filled with peace as you wrap up this year and step into the next. We are thankful for you and the gift you are to our lives!

Rejoicing in Christ’s birth and the truth of what his life means for our lives in Him!

With love,
The Butterfrases

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