Thursday, December 28, 2006

I couldn't get this to post, but if you want to watch a cute video of Rachel dancing on Christmas Day, click here.

It was a green Christmas, but on Boxing Day we finally got some snow.

Christmas Day

We had a lovely Christmas, and Rachel had a great time opening her gifts. She loved the huge bear that Santa brought her and her toys that made lots of noise.

For Christmas dinner we went to my parents' house. While we were there she decided to have some fun with the carton of cream sitting on the table. I swear she was only out of my sight for a few moments, but in that time she had dumped out the whole thing on the table and over her head. Of course we ran for the camera.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve

We had a lovely Christmas Eve and everyone is so excited for tomorrow morning! Rachel had a wonderful time, and watching her tonight was pure joy. We went to our Christmas Eve service at church, and I remembered the same service last year, while we were waiting and wondering what our little girl would be like. This year, I looked at the beautiful child in my arms smiling at me and saying "Mommy", and I felt so grateful.

We always open one present on Christmas Eve, and Rachel was a pro. She is going to have a blast tomorrow!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry and blessed Christmas.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Rachel wasn't a big fan of Santa, but as you can see, we have a family tradition to uphold...

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Third Day's "Merry Christmas"

The group "Third Day" has a new Christmas album out, "Christmas Offerings". The final song on the CD is about China adoption. The band's drummer and his wife are adopting from China, and he wrote this song about the wait for their child. It makes me cry because it expresses so perfectly how we felt last Christmas while we waited for Rachel, and our joy at spending this Christmas with her.

Merry Christmas lyrics:

There's a little girl trembling on a cold December morn
Crying for mama's arms
At an orphanage just outside a little China town
Where the forgotten are

But half a world away I hang the stockings by the fire
And dream about the day when I can finally call you mine

It's Christmas time again but you're not home
Your family is here and yet you're somewhere else alone
So tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in His arms
And tell you from my heart I wish you Merry Christmas

As I hang the tinsel on the tree and watch the twinkling lights
I'm warmed by the fire's glow
Outside the children tumble in a wonderland of white
And make angels in the snow

But half a world away you try you best to fight the tears
And hope that Heaven's Angels come to carry you here

Christmas is the time we celebrate the Holy Child
And we celebrate His perfect gift of love
He came to Earth to give His life and prepare a place for us
So we could have a home with Him above

It's Christmas time again and now you're home
Your family is here so you will never be alone
So tonight before you go to sleep, I'll hold you in my arms
And tell you from my heart, I'll tell you from my heart
I wish you Merry Christmas

New Canadian citizen!

I forgot to post a few weeks ago that Rachel had received her Canadian citizenship. Now all four of our kids have their citizenship cards, and we can travel to the U.S. with her. Disney World, here we come!

Friday, December 15, 2006