Even though, I never really know who is reading my blog, I think of my “readers” as very real people. When I go through my day, enjoying moments with my children, my husband, and this community that we love, I think about the images and stories that might please my blog friends. I’ve been relishing a little morsel of news that I could hardly wait to share with you. I realize that the majority of my “readers” are family members, and so the news I am about to share isn’t really a surprise at all.
I love Christmas. I wish that my profession allowed me to spend more time in the joyful preparations, but with grades always due in late December, I have to squish as much Advent fun as I can in the few days before Christmas. As I’ve been helping the boys make some gifts for loved ones, buying presents, and cleaning up the house for a certain polar visitor, I’ve been thinking how different next Christmas will be. Yes, we’ll have a sweet SIX year old who is showing his growing independence in wonderful and exciting ways. We’ll have a dear THREE year old who is becoming a better communicator and whose little spirit is beginning to grasp the wonder and glory of the real Christmas story. And…we’ll all be enjoying the company of our littlest family member…a new baby! By Christmas time, our bundle will be nearly six months old, but I know that we will be celebrating with a special kind of joy as we once again have the honor of celebrating someone’s FIRST Christmas.