It’s not that I don’t have plenty to say, it may be more that I have no time to say it.
I am absolutely loving this season. Everything is new again. I get a bit emotional thinking of all the firsts for Emma and Aiden. First Christmas Tree, first ornament to start their collections, first drive to see the Christmas lights, first snow (that they are allowed to enjoy!). It seems there is a new first everyday.
I’m not even stressed out about the things that normally get to me this time of year. Like, how on earth am I gonna get gifts for everyone? The Lord always seems to provide, even when there is nothing in the bank. Every year He has provided for our children, and after all of the many ways He has blessed us this year, why should I worry and doubt now about Christmas?
Today the kids woke up to their first snow. It was magical. Elia and Emma sat at the back window squealing with delight. Elia sharing that she will go out and “throw it” and then she will “ride it round and round.” She was totally shocked that there was also snow in the front yard. She said, “Front yard too. WOW!! Crazy!”
Aiden is still sleeping, but when he wakes up I get to experience the world through his eyes and enjoy his pleasure in seeing the white sparkling blanket that the Father has draped across our front lawn just for him this morning.
Ready for a drive to go see Christmas lights.
First Christmas visitors bearing gifts! Dear friends Brian and Dorean came to Kansas City to see their big kids who are here on staff at IHOP. They made some time to visit their little kids too!
The Toddlers pick out our Christmas Tree!
Aiden and Emma’s first ornaments to start their collections. Elia’s third. Elia’s is the blue elephant, Emma’s is the yellow giraffee, and Aiden’s is the orange/yellow lion. Can you spot them? These are to remember our numerous trips to the zoo this year!
“Snowmen” ornaments for the big kids.
A year ago, our dossier had been received by the Ukrainian government, and we had been given a travel date of February 5th. Today Aiden and Emma are in our home ready to celebrate their first Christmas. I’ve got the JOY JOY JOY JOY, down in my heart!