Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Cards are my Nemesis!

Disclaimer: This is post #2 of what will be 3 posts about Christmas. So hang in there with me as I try to document it all.

Now, back to the Christmas cards. I just love receiving them! It is so much fun to see who it's from and the cute pictures inside. Mailing my own Christmas cards with Adelyn's cute picture inside however, is nearly impossible. This is only my 3rd year but I'm not holding out hope that I'll get any better. Let me just give you the break down...

Year #1: I address, stamp, stuff, & seal cards in the car after midnight while driving to Kentucky. Matt drives around Atlanta looking for a mail box in which to mail them.

Year #2: I order pictures to put inside a card. The photographer I order them from forgets to actually order them. After being overnighted a lovely picture of a country western couple, the photo lab manages to re-overnight me the correct family picture and I put them in the mail on December 23rd.

Year #3: I actually receive my cards by Dec. 1st thus fooling myself into thinking "I'm really on top of things this year." I wait 21 days before addressing, stamping, stuffing, and sealing the cards in the car on the way to Kentucky and mail them from Owensboro on December 22nd. One whole day earlier than last year.

Please tell me I'm not the only one!? Anyway, if you're not on our mailing list, here's our card from this year. Pretend that you received it on Dec. 26th. That should be about right. :)

And here are a few others pictures that didn't make the cut.

This is Adelyn's "light up" face.

Remember the Skeleton Face? It's along those same lines.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Special Christmas

" But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."
Luke 2:19

As this Christmas season comes to a close I just wanted to take a moment to remember how much I enjoyed celebrating Christmas this year. Seeing Christmas through Adelyn's eyes was like experiencing it for the first time in so many ways. She loved everything from the lights on the tree and Santa Claus to reading the story of Jesus' birth and the verses behind the doors of the Advent calender each day. Her favorite songs included Away in a Manger, Jingle Bells, and Frosty the Snowman. She also loved to sing Joy to the World and Silent Night . My favorite thing that we could not believe is that she memorized the Christmas story from her Children's Bible and could recite it on command (if she was in the mood). Hearing her say "gwory to God in da highest, and peace of earf, Jesus, God's son was born!" melted my heart every time. She was also quite impressed by the candles in my mom & dad's windows at their house. When she saw them she shouted, "wook at da candles, mom! I can't beweave it! I can't beweave it!"

Another reason this year was particularly meaningful to me is because of the Isaiah bible study I've been participating in through Bible Study Fellowship. I've learned so much about God's prophecies and promises to the Israelites and Christians this fall. The words from O Little Town of Bethlehem - "the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight" came alive for me in a way they never had before. I am so thankful for God's word and all that He's taught me through it this year.

So while this post is mostly for me to remember what a sweet and special Christmas I had, I hope that there was something special and different about Christmas for you this year too.  Lastly, I couldn't resist sharing my new favorite Christmas song that I'll probably be listening to all year long...

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

Friday, December 10, 2010

2 year pictures

About a month ago, my friend, Stephanie took some pictures of Adelyn in honor of her 2nd birthday. I had trouble picking just a few of my favorites to show you, but here they are...

I love that Stephanie captured Adelyn just as she is. Scraped knees as all (enlarge picture above :). She also took some Christmas pictures for us. I'll show you some of those another day. And, if you did check out her blog, you should know that Adelyn's friends Brody & Gracyn are also featured on there right now.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


It's official! We've got a bad case of the "why's" at our house! For example....

Me: "Adelyn, we don't use the same tissue to wipe our bottom and blow our nose."

A: "Why?"


Me: "Adelyn, don't lick the sprinkles off the bottle." 

A: "Why?" (as she licks sprinkles and frosting from the the very top of the bottle)

and then there's...

Me: "Adelyn, don't climb up and sit on the kitchen counter." 

A: "Why?"

Me: "Because you could fall and get hurt." 

A: "Oh, dat would be so sad!"