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Capturing December - Day 1
I've never done a picture-a-day series, but a friend of mine posted this on FB the other day, and I thought it looked like a lot of fun. I don't know who created this (Lena, do you know?), so I can't give them credit, but I think it's an Instagram thing (something I don't do). If you have an Instagram account and decide to do this, I'm sure there's a hashtag out there for it!
This was our second year of doing what is basically a minimalist Christmas. Our kids are young enough to have no idea what the “norm” is for most kids. They don’t expect a lot, and they haven’t really reached the age where they ask for things (mostly because they don’t watch commercials and have no idea what they “should want”).
We started the morning with stockings in their beds, a tradition The Husband’s family always did. I loved it.
And then, they came downstairs, we sang “happy birthday” to Jesus, and we opened our gifts.
We went with the
“Something they want,
Something they need,
Something to wear,
Something to read”
theme again this year, and it was perfect.
I love the simplicity of 4 gifts from us.
I know as they grow, the gifts will be larger and probably of more monetary value, but this year was easy. And they were so excited and so grateful.
The kids played outside, and then they came in and drank their first cups of hot chocolate.
This afternoon, my parents and my s…
Oh Buddy! How you’ve grown!
Sweet oldest boy!
How are you already 5 years old?!
Where have the years gone?
You are so adventurous.
You are so smart.
You are so kind.
And you are so good at testing the limits.
And you are so wild.
And you are so silly.
You are so many, many things.
You, my boy, are asking more questions about God.
You love to count and tell me the alphabet and all of the ocean facts you’ve learned.
You enjoy painting and creating artwork that involves monsters and dinosaurs.
You build with your blocks and legos, but when quiet, you most love to look at books and to be read to. You could listen to books all day. ❤️
You adore your baby brother and play chase with him to his great delight.
You love your sister, and she’s your best friend.
You fight like cats and dogs and squeal with joy with one another mere minutes apart.
You are my oldest, my most affectionate, my most tender-hearted, my most strong-willed.
My prayer for you da…
**Updated with video of the ultrasound at the bottom. The last shot in the video is the latest picture we have of the Little One. There is a song that plays in the background (one of my favorite Selah songs), and to enlarge the video, you can click the button on the bottom right.**
This is more for my sanity than it is for anything else.
I'm writing out the events of today's doctor's appointment and ultrasound so that I don't have to keep rehashing it for those who ask.
And, so that our friends and family can begin praying specifically.
It's been a long day.
The appointment started with my weigh-in (up 9 pounds so far) and blood pressure check (normal). Then, we heard the heartbeat, which was wonderful (145 bpm). We headed into the ultrasound room after waiting a bit.
The doctor came in, asked a few questions, (we told her there had been more bleeding this past weekend), and she began the ultrasound.
The good news:
1. The baby looks healthy!
2. The …