Adoption has rocked my world in the most amazing ways. I heard someone say the other day that it's amazing how the most wonderful things come to us out of the most difficult choices. What a beautiful truth.
My most popular blog post was written about this time last year. The subject was the birth of our second daughter which was quite a whirlwind experience for us. As I said then and believe to this day, nothing demonstrates God's power to me more than adoption.
During one church service we attended this month, I was thinking about Mary and how she must have felt when Jesus was born. She must have felt incredible joy, indescribable fear, and overwhelming gratitude---like all mothers. And Joseph---what responsibility to be the earthly father of God's son. Can you imagine?
Christmas is a special time of year for our family. Our daughters were both only about a month old when they experienced their first Christmas. Christmas is layered with beautiful memories, old traditions, and new traditions. There's joy, peace, warmth, anticipation, and cookies, of course, lots of cookies.
I am thankful for my family, my health, my jobs, my abilities, and, most of all, my salvation in Jesus Christ. Without God, I have nothing and am nothing. And in Him, I have complete freedom (John 8:32).
I pray that you have a lovely Christmas---full of laughter, remembrance, food, and family. I hope you relish in some fabulous gift giving and gift receiving. Snap tons of photos, wear your pjs all day, and take a nap. Celebrate Jesus in old and new ways.
What an awesome year it's been. 2012 will no doubt bring more blessings...more than I can ever imagine or create on my own. Cheers!!!