So...I've already posted this picture before. And we didn't actually send cards out. And Jared's head is fading away. But I think it'll be fun to look back on a Christmas card photo for each year of our marriage. This fulfills that purpose well enough for me.

Oh, and here's version 2, in case I decide I hate the first option when I finally print these out 20 years down the road:
Merry Christmas!! Ours has been happy happy happy, and I hope yours is too.

We are looooving our Christmas break over here with Jared's family. Last night we hung ornaments on the tree, this morning Jared and I went for a gorgeous hour-long walk through a quiet preserve filled with hundreds of moss-covered trees, and tonight we'll all be decorating gingerbread houses together. Throw in our adorable 19-month-old niece, and we're in heaven.

These pictures are from the middle of Jared's most stressful finals week yet. We took a break one day to drive to Egmont (a really nice neighborhood in Grenada that's kind of a long drive from our house, but is fun to explore). We walked along the beach and ate peanut butter sandwiches and picked out the cutest conch shells from a giant pile of 'em. Those study breaks are life in med school. You can only do so much of this before your eyeballs fall out of their sockets and your brain 'splodes:
Study Break + Matching Shirts

This year Jared's birthday was on Thanksgiving! It was a finals prep day, so Jared was able to stay home from school (and study all day). We did Jared's favorite little hike in the morning and ate his favorite breakfast, and in the evening 50 of our branch friends threw a big feast for him, complete with turkey, stuffing, pie, and the most out-of-this-world sweet potatoes I have ever tasted. I made him a truly hideous (but truly delicious) German chocolate cake, and everyone sang to him. What a lucky guy, that Jared! We then went home and he opened a nice little haul of presents and we Skyped our families. 

My birthday gift to Jared was to not take any pictures of him all day (actually I just forgot, but he really does hate having his picture taken) (and actually my real gift to him was a Segway tour of a small town in Washington). But I did get a couple dark snaps from my spot on the couch at our big Thanksgiving dinner...after everyone had finished eating...and after half the people had left. At least it's something to remember the day by! We're so grateful for the wonderful support system we have in Grenada. For a family away from family, we're pretty happy about these people.
p.s. Blogger's really bugging with me with this whole only-option-is-center-alignment thing lately. No matter how I align my text in the draft, it always reverts to center alignment after I hit publish. Is anyone else having this problem, or have any ideas on how to fix it?
ThanksJared Day

(Written yesterday, December 7)
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Did a happy dance when Jared returned from taking his last final

Watched an episode of "Fixer Upper"

Went on a man hunt (a sweet woman who lives around the corner form us was hit by a car and then kidnapped on Sunday...please pray for Linnea and her family)

Explored the island while hanging up missing person fliers

Drove down a sketchy, bouldery dirt road, on which we spotted the most adorable tiny puppies and baby lambs

Saw two stingrays and a blue octopus on our evening walk

Got pizza with good friends

Looked up at the stars in an infinite pool as giant bats swooped over the water

Felt bittersweet about having only five more months of this place
p.s. More posts to come...eventually. I have tons of pictures to put into posts, but haven't had the time. We're excited to be flying to Washington tomorrow. I promise to fill my down time there over the next few weeks with at least a post or two.
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