Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Perfect Christmas Morning - Wordless Wednesday

Lily's first Christmas with us. Watching mother and daughter together - it doesn't get any better than this. A precious moment for this husband and father.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Atop the Great Wall of China

As I took a closer look at this picture, I thought the color, slight as it is, takes away from the picture. So I converted it to black and white. I'm leaving the original up but wanted this one up even if just for comparison.

Original post

Something about this young boy looking out from this high vantage point amongst the vastness of China told me I needed to take this picture. It's among my favorites (of the non-Lily shots that is) from our trip. Taken July 07.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Not So Wordless Wednesday

Up until today, I've not participated in all the activities out there in the blogosphere. Since I love love love photography, I decided to start contributing to the Wordless Wednesday posts that I've seen on other blogs I've come across. Although my first post is a picture that is not recent, it is one I have enjoyed revisiting. I took this at a little bed n breakfast we visited a few weeks shy of a year ago in Ojai. It was one of our many "last getaways" before we got Lily due to the much longer than anticipated wait. Now that we have her, we'll have to be sure to make time for such pleasant occasions. I'll try to follow the rules on future Wordless Wednesday posts! Enjoy

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tis the Season

I love Christmas. Everything about it. And we have been looking forward to this Christmas for several years now. Each of the past few Christmases, we have said that this would be our last without Lily, only to have to wait another year for her referral. Well, as EVERYONE knows by now, that is in the past and our beautiful baby girl is finally with us. This indeed is a Christmas long waited for.

We so enjoy the season and for so many reasons.

I always insist that Christmas music NOT be played until Thanksgiving and that it end my New Year's Day. I never win. (I don't really mind but please don't tell Julianne.) I love the old stuff I grew up on: Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Frank, & Dean. I've included some on my playlist so turn up your speakers. Of course I had to add Brian Setzer's Jingle Bells. And I'd be kicked out of the house if Amy were not part of the mix!

Holiday Decor
We love to decorate. This year was a treat as we had a little tree trimming party. The above pictures show the finished product as well as some of our new lawn additions.

Family and Friends
Since Julianne's father passed, we have been hosting Christmas Day. We love preparing the meal and opening our house to family and friends. Look for many pictures to be posted after Christmas Day.

Yes, because of the ease of internet shopping, I enjoy Christmas shopping once again. No lines. No rude drivers. Just click click click and hope it arrives on time. How easy is that?

The Reason for the Season
Above all the previously mentioned, the greatest part of Christmas is its true meaning: The celebration of the birth of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. So many of us can easily stress out during this time of year. Even though I love the season, I admit it can be stressful for me too. But all that fades when I'm able to focus on what God has done for us. God sent to us His Son, to live the perfect, sinless life that we could not. But He was not only sent to live, but to die in our place so that we might have life and restored fellowship with God. Nothing in us was deserving of such a gift. But it is with much gratitude that I receive His gift of grace. Pray that we always keep this foremost in our thoughts and actions during this wonderful season. And even more that we teach this to our daughter.