I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...


Saturday, December 27, 2008

Our Christmas

My mother came to town several days before Christmas, and that's when the real festivities began for our house. This was the first year she's spent Christmas at our place. Aaron's parents came down for the day. There was nothing overly spectacular about Christmas day, but it was perfect anyway! We only spent about $30 on Alex's gifts. We didn't get anything for Harrison - being 10 months he would have enjoyed the box and paper more anyway.

Being almost four, it was a magical day for Alex - his eyes sparkled as he took everything in. It was amazing to watch him enjoy Jesus' birthday so much! I was so proud of him when just before bed I asked Alex what his favorite part of the day was (toys, food, etc.), and he answered "Gram, Grandpa and Grandma being here all day!" The day after Christmas when Alex woke up, he quietly crept downstairs and asked Gram if it was still Christmas! He's becoming a boy after my own heart!

Christmas Eve at church.
Also at church - just before the Christmas Eve service began.
The children went on stage and "acted" out characters in the Christmas story. Alex was a sheep/cow, and is kneeling with his back to the camera.
This was the first year Alex put out milk and cookies for Santa!
He was wearing his new Christmas jammies.
Christmas morning Harrison was more excited by the
ornaments than the gifts.
Just before opening gifts.
Enjoying some special Grandpa time.
The dinner table. This was my first time making seven-layer salad.
It was the first left-over to disappear! Yummm!
My Christmas turkey. I've finally found a "keeper" recipe.
It was scrumptious!

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