Christmas 2014
Processed with VSCOcam with a8 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with j2 preset

Odette Williams Apron Set / Cru wearing Baby Gap & Rylee + Cru pixie / trimming the tree / a new Christmas illustration

aProcessed with VSCOcam with a8 presetchristmas4

our amazing new stockings custom made by YOSPUN

Processed with VSCOcam with a8 presetchristmas6

Some snapshots of our Christmas (and the days leading up to it).

It’s been an incredible year.  The biggest blessing being the birth of our baby boy.  Cru has filled our hearts with even more love than imaginable.  Life is often hectic and rushed and moves much more quickly than I’d like, but he is a reminder to slow down and savor every moment.  It’s hard to believe, but he will be 4 months old already in the beginning of the new year.  After his colic stage passed (thank the Lord), he has been the happiest, sweetest boy we could ask for.   Rylee turned 3 in August and she really is my little mini-me.  Sam laughs that I could have made her on my own given how similar we are.  She is strong yet sensitive, creative, stubborn, goofy and keeps us all laughing.  I really wish I would have kept a notebook to jot down all of the funny things she has said over the course of this year…because every page would be full.  Sam has been keeping (crazy) busy with Loneflag.  It’s been amazing to see the way it has grown in one short year and the community that has come from it.  And the very best part, for me, is seeing him so passionate about his work.  It’s been a huge life-giver for him this year, and I am so thankful for that.  I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for the business.  And as if 2 kids and a freelance art career wasn’t enough to juggle, I decided to go for a long time dream of creating my own children’s label.  Rylee & Cru was successfully launched in November and has been keeping me very busy!  It’s been a ton of work, but also incredibly rewarding.  The response was better than I could have ever anticipated and it’s lit a fire in me to try to make this a long-term business.  I am working on our next collection now which is set to launch sometime in early February!  I guess I just want to thank all of you who have supported, encouraged, or simply followed along here this past year.  I know this space is not updated as often as it used to, but I am doing my very best with this mom + business thing and let’s just say it’s not easy, and I know many of you can relate!  The list never ends and it seems that lately we’ve barely been able to keep our heads above water.  Christmas always has a way of bringing me back to gratitude.  I’m humbled and overwhelmed with thankfulness for my 2 healthy babies, for my supportive husband, for the fact that I am able to do what I love for a living and continue to follow my dreams, and mostly, that I have been saved by grace through Jesus.  Can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve 2015.

  COMMENTS (15) | SHARE:

  1. Natalie Britton

    These pictures are so beautiful and inspiring! What an amazing family you have. Rylee & Cru is such a gorgeous shop. I can’t wait to go shop crazy when I have a baby :)
    Congratulations on such a beautiful year, Kelli!

    Reply
  2. Chelsea

    What a fantastic year your family had! It’s such an honor to follow along and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for you Kelli.

    Reply
  3. Jenni

    Beautiful photos! It’s been so inspiring to follow your work (and life) throughout this past year. I’m so excited for you as you enter into new things this coming year. May you be filled with joy and a very Happy New Year to you!

    Reply
  4. Lary

    Why seems your life so perfect? Everything is so nice and pretty – always. I really want your flat, it`s so nice.

    xoxo

    Reply

Leave a Reply to Natalie @ Never Serious Blog

  • (will not be published)