Tuesday, January 12, 2010

In Excelsis Deo

"In Excelsis Deo" was the message of this year's Christmas Eve service at church and the theme of the our holiday celebration as well.  We have a beautiful daughter who fills our lives daily with joy and another family member on the way, we are blessed with steady jobs that provide us abundant food, shelter, and clothing, we have friends and family who love and support us... And the most important gift of Christmas -- we have been given a Savior who delights in us despite our (immense) imperfections and who catches us when we fall.  Glory to God in the highest, indeed.

I spent most of the holiday in the kitchen and loved every minute of it.  I hardly ever get the opportunity to make a big batch of stuff from scratch anymore, but with some time off of work and some babysitting reinforcements, I got to play hostess again!  Boogie and PopPop, Uncle Mike, and Pop all made their way down to BR from Shreveport/Arkansas, and we were so grateful to wake up in our own home on Christmas morning.  Lucy had an absolute blast getting acquanited with all the "big girl" toys Santa left her, and we all ate, laughed, and napped way too much.  I hope this is the start of a new family tradition!

Trying to get a coherent family picture after church... Oh well.

Enjoying the snow globe in a neighbors yard

Whee!  The look on her face when Lucy saw this treehouse slide on Christmas morning was priceless -- something akin to: "Is this for me?  For real?"

Our new Elmo-watching chair

Cooking up some trouble in the pint-sized kitchen.  Thanks Nana and PawPaw -- it's a big hit!

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