Well we look forward to the year 2013 and what it holds. We now have 13 in our family. Miss Marina Joy is lucky number 13! We got her home on Friday the 21st in time for Christmas! We were broke because of the trips and extra expenses incurred but wouldn't you know it, God came through again! He is faithful, doesn't know how to be anything but faithful.
Our friend, Jeff Guill, took it upon himself to raise money for us this Christmas and we were so blessed! We had 13 online donors who gave a total of $967.05! Thirteen for the number of children we've been priviledged to call our own. Isn't God good? Thank you Jeff for being a "burden bearer". Isn't that what we're called to do in the body of Christ? Bear one another's burdens. What grace we have experienced.
Our grown son Bill came home with his girlfriend Erin and we opened our presents on Christmas eve day, something we've never done before but they had to leave so.... We enjoyed our gift exchange with them. They are great shoppers, Erin even wrapped Anya and Emily's presents with Justin Bieber wrapping paper! What fun!
The next visitor to arrive was of course Santa, aka, Liz and Bryce. They sneak in every Christmas Eve to eat Santa's cookies, which they couldn't find this year (someone forgot) and put MORE presents under the tree. I ran into Liz in the hall at 3:30 as Marina was up for some reason. Must have been the excitement. We just had to go see the tree. We never put the presents under the tree till the kids are asleep.
Don't you just love a Christmas tree? We sure do. We went to the lot we normally go to and all the kids had a blast looking at all the trees. We picked out a nice one and the folks there gave it to us for free! What a great gift! Here's a picture of our other gift this Christmas in her first nightgown.
Back to Christmas! Finally the day arrived and the kids were thrilled with all the presents. They are allowed to get into their stockings but nothing else before breakfast. A cruel tradition I know. We always have a big breakfast and then go into the living room to open presents. We skyped Bill and Erin so they could be in on the festivities with us. It was a great morning for all. Mike gave the kids a 47" TV which made the day! Emily got a CD player and she spends lots of time in her room now listening to her Justin Bieber music. She and her sister Anya got lots of nail polish and even a dryer for their nails! What teenagers!
We got another family picture with Liz in it this time. It is always a challenge to get so many people to look at the camera at the same time. Bryce did a wonderful job getting everyone's attention.