Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

For all of you that are hoping for a white Christmas, be careful what you wish for. We have had a white winter wonderland everyday of the week. If I close my eyes and pretend real hard, I can tell myself that the white outside is not pollution frollicking through the air, but indeed a nice blanket of white snow keeping us cozy for the holidays.

On a fun note, here are the packages that a 4th grade Sunday school class from the States sent us for Christmas! It looks like the pacakages limped their way to our home, but they made it. We were instructed to open two of them on Christmas day. We are all really excited!

On other fun news, Hubs and I celebrated 11 wonderful years of marriage. Brad and I were joking that morning that it's been the best 9 years of our lives. The first couple of years were a little rough. But honestly, marriage only gets better the longer you're married. We such a great time navigating life together. He surprised me with my favorite dinner-hot pot.

Then we headed over to an acrobat show that a friend gave us tickets for.

It was a beautiful theater.

As I look over our year, it seemed that some of these acrobat pictures very aptly described our year. We will call this picture, "Transition." We picked up our daughter from Ethiopia and moved cities all in the same week. This picture is exactly how we felt for the months of July, August and September.

We affectionately refer to this picture as "Parenting." We've now got an 8, 5, 3, 2, and 1 year old. And many days, I feel like the two women upside down and still keeping the plates spinning. Except that my toes aren't pointed and half my plates have been strewn across the floor. While it's been crazy transitioning to our new family make-up, it's been wonderful in too many ways to describe.

This picture is titled, "Legs: God's solution to the environmental problems". If we would all just ride like this to work, the ozone would be just fine.

This is what we feel like as a family when we go to the store. Usually not only are we carrying ourselves, but usually several grandmas and onlookers follow us through the store as well. As long as we end up back at home with the same number of people we had when we left, we consider the trip a success.

I could blog all day about the amazing blessings the Lord has given to us. Most of all, for the trials. There have been a few trials this year, but all of them for our good. All of them ordained by the Lord.

My Selah girl finished her first knit scarf a couple of days ago. It's beautiful! She's going to give it to her sister for Christmas.

So there's the Cliff Notes version of our year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

By the way, if you are used to getting weekly updates from us, you haven't gotten one this week because Brad's computer is a PC which is the acronym for Piece of C---. :)
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