Thursday, January 7, 2010

Since Christmas....

I have taken the first picture with my new camera.

Celebrated New Year's Eve with some pretty great people.

Let my son creep in on a family picture.

Freaked the kids out. (Dancing Santa is always good for that...especially sans head.)

Danced with my boy to "Big Green Tractor" (A FEW times.)

Woke up to a winter wonderland.

Let my husband take my picture without makeup.

Played in the snow.

Chased Claire in the snow.

Watched Claire slide down the hill "like a penguin."

Kissed this face often.

...and that was just AFTER Christmas. Maybe if you're lucky, I'll let you in on what I did BEFORE and DURING Christmas!

Monday, January 4, 2010

I Am...

in LOVE with The Vintage Pearl! It's too bad there isn't anything like Valentine's Day...or a 30th birthday just around the corner. I'm just saying.
And THIS one couldn't be more perfect! I remember reading "Guess How Much I Love You" to Claire as a baby. I would tell her, "I love you to the moon and back!" As she got older, she said it back and tried with all her might to find a way to "top" me. She would also mix up the name of the main characters Big and Little "Nutbrown Hare" and it was HILARIOUS. Sick and wrong....but hilarious.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Treat from Heaven

Remember THIS post, where I mentioned something had happened that I would share about later? Well, it's later.

I mentioned in that post that it was my Uncle Gary's birthday. I was sitting at my computer that evening and I received a message from my cousin Amy, Gary's oldest daughter. It said, "So, I'm with Angela and I just took a pregnancy test...the line is really light but it's there. What does that mean?" I started crying/borderline sobbing. I think my response was something along the lines of, "IT MEANS YOUR EGGO IS PREGO!!! CALL ME!!!"

That's right. On what would have been my Uncle Gary's 49th birthday...his daughter finds out she is with child. I prayed that night and thanked God for His faithfulness. He never forgets us...His children. He knew that December 10, 2009 was going to be so hard for Uncle Gary's family. He also knew that would be the day Amy would learn that her life was going to change in an incredible way.

I can't wait to watch Amy blossom into motherhood. I am thrilled for Chad to have the chance to be the amazing daddy we all know he will be. My arms ache to hold the "baby bot." I think it will be a boy. Most of all, I am thankful that this baby will be welcomed by a mother and father who love the Lord with all their hearts! Amy and Chad, we love you and pray every night for your growing family!