This Christmas I feel incredibly blessed to be celebrating as a family of four! It's been so exciting to watch Levi experience Christmas here for the first time.....seeing the wonder in his eyes and the excitement at each new thing. He literally comes downstairs each day and ooohs and ahhhss over the tree as if he is seeing it for the first time.
I think my favorite ornament this year is the one below. First because I love the sweet girl that gave it to us.....whose love for this little guy is so evident, and who did so much to help him come home. And second because I so wanted Levi to have a 1st Christmas ornament hanging on the tree like his big brother, but it just didn't fit. He's already had two Christmas', they just weren't here...with his family. I love that this ornament acknowledges that, and that it celebrates this being his first Christmas home.
Some of our 2013 Christmas memories........
Cousins getting to enjoy one another!
Singing happy birthday to Jesus and celebrating with cupcakes!
Pure joy and excitement over dinosaurs!
Levi opening his very first Christmas present this year. He was pretty excited about being allowed to rip paper!
Reading about the most amazing gift given to us!
And acting it out as we read......
Some more gifts for Jesus on Christmas morning.....Caleb picked out some bunnies for people in Asia. "They're furry. They're cute. And they can change someone's life. A pair of rabbits will quickly multiply, providing a steady diet of healthy meat, and plenty of bunnies to sell. Rabbits are easy to feed and can be raised in a small space—an important consideration in the crowded areas of Asia."
And Levi picked out some chickens!! For the people of Asia, a pair of chickens can create a steady income. Chicken eggs provide food for the family and the extras can be sold at market. Through this simple gift, you may help a malnourished child become stronger every day because of the tasty eggs.
Love my boys!!!!
Our first year with the three gifts....this was their "myrrh" gift : )
And their "gold" gift.....microphones and a stage built by daddy!