Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Cards

Merry Christmas Eve eve. The girls and I have squeaked out as many Christmas themed activities as we possibly could this month. Last night we drove around town looking at Christmas lights and drinking hot cocoa.

We really take the holiday spirit to the next level.

But we didn't want this week to go by without wishing you all a Merry Christmas. If you didn't get our Christmas card in the mail this year, it's simply because I didn't have your address, because I send a ton of these out. If I've ever met you, you probably received a card. Even if you didn't want one.

By the way, over the course of this past year I've learned how to add words and edit photos. Our 2013 Christmas card has made it to the next level.


This year has been a year of changes.  We changed states and experienced all the blessings and difficulties that come with moving cross-country. But we're still us and this life we live is still incredible and wonderful and amazing.

All eight Christmas cards of it. We've come a long way.

2006...

Look how cute she looked. Funny how this moment in time doesn't tell the whole story. It doesn't show the screaming or crying or any of the crazy moments that each and every day held that year.  It was our maiden voyage down the road of adoption and we were anything but graceful. We were harsh and clunky and incredibly dysfunctional. But this picture doesn't really say all that.


2007...

Things must have been getting better, because two months after this picture was taken we signed up for another little girl. I remember dreaming about the new one. I just knew that the next one was going to be easier. I clearly had no idea what I was doing.


2008...

This picture is deceiving. We got Ashley during the holidays in 2008, but we didn't meet her until the 21st of December and she didn't move in with us until the 27th.  All that happened after our cards were sent. They had Hannah's picture, but we signed it from the three of us. So technically, Ash should be in this picture. But she's not. I hate when Christmas cards get complicated like that.


2009...

I ordered two different cards in 2009, this one and a normal one. You can guess which one I liked best. Don't worry, I sent my mom the normal one. She's not a fan of the crazy faces. I'm not sure where I get it but I've passed it on to my kids.


2010...

We made those scarves. Then they put them on for this picture. Then they took them off because it was 80 degrees. South Texas winters are not the same as other places. We miss it.


2011...

The year of the fire. I was not trying to capture a funny picture. I was really trying for normal that day, but in the midst of our photo shoot, I captured this gem. I couldn't pass it up. It so perfectly fit our year. I said something about hanging on for dear life while enjoying the incredible ride that God had us on. We are still enjoying our ride.


2012...

Our first Christmas with Amy and our last Christmas in Texas. We wanted to capture both, so we put our sunglasses on and let Amy be in the picture.


It's neat to go back through the Christmas photos and remember those parts of the journey. It's fun to watch as our family grew from two to three to four. Each one brings her own set of gifts and we are amazed by how perfectly they fit into our family.

Only God could do that. We are so thankful.

And Mom, I promise, next year no animal hats...

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