I can’t believe yet another holiday with this trio has come and gone with a blink of an eye. We celebrated our fifth Christmas. Five beautiful Christmas’ with these babies. Boy, I remember our first Christmas. Avery and Emily had tubes put in their ears at 10 months so right before Christmas. We had spent eight miserable weeks with babies with constant ear infections. At that point, I am not even sure I remember sleeping at all. Come to think of it…yep…not much sleep really now either.
I told myself I would start early this year on shopping and planning in case the dreaded seasonal sickness hit us again as it always does each year. I am blessed that the Type A in me went with my gut. We spent two weeks dealing with pneumonia with all three girls. I mean really? Pneumonia? Last year it was the Flu. Year before it was RSV. Year before it was Upper Respiratory and Ear Infections. I swear, this next holiday season we are spending eight weeks in the Bahamas!
The girls actually enjoyed Santa this year. We had no crazy tears this year even though those pics are some of the best in our vault to date. They talked to Santa all about what they wanted for Christmas. Go figure that it was not one of the things I had yet to purchase. Thank God for Amazon Prime! Amazon Prime and I are in a pretty exclusive relationship. We can communicate any hour of the night or day and it is extremely prompt on ending up on my doorstep within two days. Do not think we will break up anytime soon!
We shopped for foster children for our second season this year. The girls really enjoy it. We tell them a little about each child and give them each the job of picking out what that child would want for Christmas. We love making this part of our giving season so they understand some day that it is truly an honor and privilege to do for others.
Look at these sweet girls on Christmas morning! They are really spoiled beyond their heart’s desires because Santa and their grandparents and aunt and uncles. Daddy was reading letters that Santa wrote each of the girls. Bryan is really a little word smith when it comes to these projects. From new babies and dolls to strollers and pretend play and puzzles and games and crafts…you name it…it is here. Yet, are my kiddos the only ones two days after Christmas that say, “What are we doing today?”
The holidays really are so much more meaningful with these three. As we look into the New Year, we pray for health and happiness for all of our friends and family. Emily will be having a surgery the first part of January so we graciously asked for prayers. Tonsils gone and a third set of tubes! She has really been struggling hearing and actually close to failed her last hearing exam in one ear so we pray this is a solution that will make her feel so much better…and listen to things at a much,much lower volume!!!
Happiest New Year!