As an adoptive parent of older little ones, I remember being so sad to have missed all the “firsts”: first smile, first bath, first tooth
(which in this mama’s opinion might actually be a perk. Teething is so not fun for anyone!), first crawl, first step….
BUT seriously, no doubt, every mama longs to have had each from the moment they needed care, but that’s not how life has been. My heart has broken in a million pieces at times for missing every moment we weren’t together and knowing what each had to endure until they came home forever….
Yet, God in His goodness redeems each situation and although we don’t have some firsts there are beautifully joyous firsts that we do have – and we will celebrate those!
Like the First Christmas….
Let me tell you, Vern could hardly wait!! I mean he beamed and would say over and over and over, “My First Christmas!” Yes, son, it would be your first time authentically celebrating the birth of the Savior you love so much!!
And it went like this:
They were all waiting in the boys room!
We have always had this tradition where the kids line up Christmas morning…youngest to oldest (although Birdie doesn’t quite get that “stay right there in front of Ruby” thing – yet!).
It struck me this year how that line has changed over the last almost 34 years…such a beautiful line and kinda’ maybe one of my favorite traditions…
Each year the kids exchange names and keep it a secret till Christmas morning…
Nehemiah had Vern…(and gave him some Wii games)…Vern’s smile tells it all…
Although horribly blurry, clearly Nee’s pretty pleased with Vernon’s overjoyed reaction!
Birdie wasn’t quite sure to make of all of it…
But suddenly she realized they were PRESENTS!!
Yippee Jesus!! Birdie’s smiles are coming!! Birdie’s smiles are coming!! Birdie’s smiles are coming!!
Emma and Josh skyped in for the opening of the presents they had sent for the gift exchange…
Vern had Elijah’s name (and on an unsolicited side note: Dang those darts sure sting no matter how much padding our bee-hind may have!!)!!
Making our traditional cinnamon rolls – with a special treat of gluten cinnamon rolls for the gluten-loving people! They were thrilled. I made special GF ones for those of us who can’t, which frankly were not all that yummy. Oh well. The tradition was carried out…although we may have to revamp for next year.
Our two little girlies don’t think “hold still” should be part of the plan!
Yeah, I know, I know. The cords are sloppy and showing. Dust bunnies. Spots on the floor. Jubilee’s socks (Bwahaha)..
But this is my real life and although hardly Pinterest worthy – this mama (who has only ever longed for a big ol’ pile lovingly gathered from around the world) has this:
And my heart sings!
First Christmas for Vern and Birdie = Joyful Success
I will sing to the Lord, because He has been so good to me!