Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Card

Right now it's actually fun to get the mail; beautiful Christmas cards fill our mailbox.
Thankfully, I was able to complete the yearly task of getting ours sent out. I have nine aunts, seven uncles, and 38 cousins. Add on top of that my husband's family and our friends, and you have a rather long Christmas card list. To make things a bit easier, I've kept the recipients to two categories: family and friends that live out-of-state.
So, to rest of you dear friends, here's your Christmas card. It may arrived in a more unconventional way; but in a season of celebrating the perfect gift of God's Son sent to rescue us from our sin, we're also grateful for the gift of your friendship. We love you!


  1. I guess I'm glad we live out of state so we get a REAL card :) lol... Thank you for the flickr offer, but I fear I will do nothing but covet a DSLR if I join. There's only so much bad-job-blurring you can do with my wimpy software and flash-happy camera. I've been trying to put that dream on hold for a LONG time :) Maybe this spring ... Anyway, welcome back! I love the black and white of Steve and his tiny date :). That J/J dress was MADE for that moment! You know ... you might get a discount there if you let her model for them :) So we've been raiding the online Old Navy clearance rack lately for baby clothes. She's at that age where she's starting to actually WEAR her clothes ... they actually get dirty, pilled, and need multiple washes now. I hate selling non-mint cond. stuff, as everyone's opinion of EUC is different. Anyway, so I've started cheaping out on the clothes front for everyday clothes. Not NEARLY as fun to shop for :). Are you guys going to have a white Christmas out there? How was the trip back to MI? I hope it's getting less exhausting now that A. is walking and not so dependent on you guys as much. I'm reading a REALLY good book by John Piper right now ... the Pleasures of God. I would HIGHLY highly recommend it. Elaina just went through the worst growth spurt ever. She ate 24 hours a day, got up for bottles at night, slept like crazy, and threw about 7 fits a day. I totally lost my patience and resorted to lazy, pushed-to-the-edge parenting. Once, I actually caught myself asking her, "Do you want to be in trouble?" when she started getting all whiny. AS IF she'd answer anything but no. lol... I was mortified. Humbled. And totally failed the 18-month-growth-spurt parenting patience test. Let's just say I had some major confessing to do by the end of the week. Anyway, our usually obedient dearling morphed into a tantrum-prone monster (we're talking 2-year-old wailing until she was purple in the face fits). You know what ... the only thing I can compare what she was going through is PMS. I honestly think she was just as fed up with herself as we were getting with her! lol... Anyway, after about a week of this, one morning, she woke up and had her normal breakfast (vs. 5 scrambled eggs, a bagel, a banana, a milk sippie, and cheese). And she was a delight all day. So it's officially passed, but my oh my, I hope that A. spares you that when she hits her next growth spurt. I was halfway in total shock at the foaming-at-the-mouth act, as E. has never even thrown a fit before. I hope you guys are looking forward to a peaceful family Christmas ... love your way! - the 3 of us

  2. Hey girl, we loved getting the cute card! I have it hanging up on my refrigerator and Matt's great grandmother just LOVES looking at it. "Look at them pretty children" is what she says. You DO have pretty children! I hope I am as fortunate if the Lord blesses Matt & I with some. We are running behind on our newsletter. I decided to change our "funny" section to what we had originally wanted to do, and Matt loved my idea, and I hope you will as well! We should get them out Monday morning, a little later than we had hoped, but atleast it will still be during the holday time.

    Merry Christmas!


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