I am feeling so nostalgic today, because my baby girl is TWO YEARS OLD. I mean. How. Did. This. Happen? She is such a sweet little babe and has been from day one. The other day I was putting her down for her nap and she said “Christmas song, Mama?” So I started singing Mary’s song, and suddenly I was just sobbing like a baby. Somehow that whole combination of circumstances brought me right back to Christmastime two years ago.. the best Christmas we have ever had in our 7 years together. We were all alone, away from family, just our new little family of four. Christmas was so stripped down. I didn’t do Christmas cards. We didn’t do neighbor gifts. We didn’t have a big meal.
We did have our decorations up, we did have each other, and we did have the incredible gift of a beautiful new baby girl.
Nora had reflux when she was born, just like Luke, so for her first few weeks of life I took the night shift with her and we slept (on and off) on the couch together under the glow of the Christmas tree. Both years since then when putting up my tree I think back to those first sweet nights that Nora and I spent together. Something about having a new baby at Christmastime just helps you to reflect on how impossible it must have been for our Heavenly Father to send His son down to an earth that would crucify Him. I am so grateful that He did, I feel blessed by that gift every day.
We will be heading up to visit family in the next few days, and Sarah and I have decided to give ourselves next week completely “off” so that we can fully enjoy this special time of year without worrying about emails, facebook updates, and all the other crazy, never ending tasks that come with working for yourself from home :). This is the one and only week we take off all year, and we really appreciate your patience and support as we rest up for another amazing year!
We love you all, and wish you a wonderful and blessed Christmas season! We will see you right back here on Monday the 29th!
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