Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year

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Yes, I am alive!!! I know it has been so long since I posted last, but I honestly don't know where the time is going. I do know that there is not enough of it, though! We had a really nice Christmas...everyone was healthy and we enjoyed the family time! The pictures above and below were taken on Christmas Eve. I wasn't able to get any really good pics, but I did not spend much time trying...didn't want to torture my kids on a Holiday. lol! Chels will read that part and ask "since when?" : )
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I tried so hard to keep Christ in Christmas for the little ones. Mostly for Ella as Sophie is still not really in the "present" enough to understand. It is really tough to keep the commercialism out of Christmas...the pull is so very strong for the materialistic part of Christmas. But, I did the best I could, not really sure if I was succeeding...but about a week before Christmas, Ella started counting down the days and kept saying, 4 more days until Jesus' birthday and so on. She was truly excited about the upcoming Birthday and no mention about what she might "get". And one night, she came into me with a towel over the back of her head and told me she was Mary. Not a Super Hero or cartoon character...but Mary! Success!
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The girls each had 3 gifts under the tree to open. The 3 gifts were to represent the 3 wise men that traveled and brought gifts to Jesus after He was born.

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We are all well. Chelsea is packing to go back to College this Saturday. :sniff sniff: I do not like her being far away!! We were away over the week-end to attend Dave's Uncle's funeral. He was 91...lived a good and long life and it was his time to go home to his Creator. His quality of life the last few years has not been so good...it was time. Now, Dave's mom is 89...it was her brother who passed away. There are 5 siblings in the family...all in their 80's/90's and he was the first to pass away. Their parent's also lived into their 90's....some real longevity in their family genes!!
We had to travel about 6 hours each way and the little ones were really good on the trip! The big kids did their typical get-on-each-other's-nerves thing that they do. It was nice to be able to see so much of Dave's family as it has been a long time. Several of his relatives mistook me for Chelsea...thought I was Dave's daughter...not his wife. I think we may visit those relatives more often. hee hee! Okay, you are right...I did just tell you all how up there they are in age...but still!
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These 2 pictures are just for your viewing cuteness!!!
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The picture below was taken by Ivy. I love it! It is my girls to a T.....mesmerized by those goodies...the only thing missing is a little drool! : )
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Happy 2009.....may it find you all happy and healthy!!!!!!

 

40 comments:

Steffie B. said...

Lovely pictures....are you loving your Olympus? The picture of all four together is such a treasure....hope your 2009 is a blessed year....

Hugs,
Steffie

OH MY #6 said...

I enjoyed the cuteness. Glad you had a nice holiday. Happy New Year!

Lea
xo

Keisha said...

Alwlll! Your children are beautiful! Love the bows in the girls hair. So cute!!
Hope you have a wonderful New Year!!
Keisha

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Happy New Year girly...
Love the pictures... Getting them all together I know is a priceless and hard thing to get them all to smile...lol..
Love the 3 gifts.. that is great....
The girls are tooo cute..
Have a Wonderful Week..girly..
I am hosting a bow swap in a couple days .. stop by..
Love ya..

Jackie said...

Those pictures are great! But then again not hard to take a picture of four beauties! Seriously your kids are SO cute!

mommy24treasures said...

your Christmas sounds lovely, I think its wonderful Sophie is making better contact with the camera, smiling.
Ella is just darling. I pray 2009 brings contiued healing and growth for Sophie and blessings for your entire family.

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Gorgeous family!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I just might go into sugar shock from all of that cuteness! :) Glad y'all had a wonderful holiday... Christ-focused and fun. And how did I not know that you and Ivy are Real Life Friends?

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, what a beautiful family you have.... I am so glad your Christmas was blessed and full of Jesus! Sophie looks so filled with joy..... stay the coarse my friend.... she is healing.
I miss you,
Love,
Daleea

The Princess's Mommy said...

WOW! You've been busy! So glad you had a nice Christmas. The pictures are wonderful! It makes my heart sing to see that smile on Sophie's face!

Love you,
Monica

ps-LM just saw the cash register and said "she got one just like me!" She loves it!!

Colleen said...

It's so good to hear all about your Christmas!!!! The girls look so sweet as usual!! I wanted to thank you too for your beautiful card! What a nice surprise!
I can see real changes in Sophie in these photos! Ella reminds me a lot of Faith. Faith too got a cash register...but a MC Donald one at her request!
Here's too a wonderful 2009!!!!!

Mr.Brian said...

Love the pictures.what a great looking family.
sounds like Christmas was very special as well.
As for the relatives who thought you were Dave's daughter....does dementia run in the family?LOLOLOLOL sorry I just had to tease you on that one.I' would put those relatives on the top of my favorite list.I would say that is prtty good to hear.
what ever you're doing keep it up.

Beverly said...

what sweet pics!

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh Michelle...these are just adorable. I love the way Sophie is just grinning from ear to ear.

Emma Jane didn't get Christmas this year either but yet we don't do alot as you know.

I LOVE your idea with the three presents and three wisemen! Awesome!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Hi Michelle,

You have been on my mind!! So glad to hear the holidays went so well...the pictures of the kids are just beautiful!! That last one of the girls staring at the cookies is priceless!!

Hope your New Year is off to a great start...may it be filled with Health and Happiness!!

Lisa

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

Happy New Year Michelle! Great photos of your beautiful children! I think its wonderful that you chose to keep "Christ" in Christmas...and how sweet that little Ella was pretending to be Mary! Good job my friend!

Love,
Robin

Kristin said...

Very cute update!! Love the pics of the girls with Chelsea (and with Ryan, of course----just like my Alex. I'll sit here but not smile).

I love the idea of the three gifts for Christmas. I've heard that a lot this holiday season. What a great thing....

How cool that your husband's family mistook you for Chelsea! That wouldn't happen in my family...bummer. But yeah for you!!

And, I didn't know you and Ivy are "getting together" kind of friends. How neat! We've recently "found each other" on blogger. :-)

I love how the adoption community, as well as other communities, are closely linked. It is wonderful!

Colleen said...

I found your blog through Kim's blog. You have such a beautiful family!!!! I am mom to older boys and little ones. My son just went back to college and my other son leaves in a few weeks. I miss them when they go back. Happy New Year to you and your family!
Colleen
www.crazy-eight.blogspot.com

Meredith Teagarden said...

O contrair, I think you got some gorgeous shots!

Mom To Six said...

Happy New Year my sweet friend. I love the pictures, especially the ones of the girls looking at the food. SO CUTE!!! And yes, I think you look SO much like Chelsey. You're definitely one good looking Mama.

By the way, with Ella wanting to Mary...you are doing an awesome job.

Hugs,

Ohilda

sara said...

Chelsea & Ryan even matched in the Christmas picture!! Your four kids are so beautiful!!

you know I am loving the bows :)

Doug and Terrye said...

Well worth the wait for all the pictures. I know what you mean about the time flying by! We are trying to get more organized for 2009, and I just can't find enough time in the days :)

Great idea of 3 gifts under the tree...love keeping it simple

Terrye in FL

JShannon said...

Oh how I love seeing pictures of Sophie ! Again, is it just me or is her smile reaching her eyes now?
What a good idea about the 3 gifts, I hate the feeling having to "out do" yourself from the year before.

Heather said...

How sweet is that last picture! I am so proud of those two little girls. My Zoe would have had her hands all over that stuff.

Tiffany said...

Happy New Year!!!
Oh my.... you are so right... where does the time go? Seems December is a distant memory.

Love the photos of your beautiful family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shawnstribe said...

Happy New Year to a lovely lady!!!
I love your family photos
xxx
s

Jennifer said...

Happy New Year!!! The pictures of your children are wonderful!

I love the last picture of Ellie and Sophie with the cookies. What a great moment Ivy captured!

Jen

AZMom said...

Love all the pics as usual :-) Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to you!

Ivy said...

HI Michelle,
I forgot to mention that Daleea told me that how much she adores you and your sweet family. She didn't realize we ran into one another! What a great, small world this is, huh!

I just love looking at the girls and their sisterly love for one another! Too precious I say.
Oh and you'll get a roar out of this, as I was scrolling down and saw the photo I took, I said to myself, gee this sure looks familiar! Duh, I think I needed to ingest a few more cups of coffee! Thanks for the byline!

Well, hope to hear from you soon.

Hugs,

Ivy

Femin Susan said...

Hello……. !
Very cute all these pictures... Great……. may god bless you !

Sharon said...

You are a beautiful soul, do you know that!?!? I love coming over here!

I know just waht you mean about time with family too. But then I start feeling bad that I've neglected my poor blog! haha

Love all your shots!!

Andrea Nielsen said...

What great pictures. Love seeing Sophie look so much more engaged. Glad you are all well. Lillie wouldn't have just eyeballed the candy, I would have had a picture with chocolate all over her face!

delucchi family said...

Hey Michelle, I love love the photos, esp the last one!! Happy New Year to you!! Praying for a peaceful, fantastic 2009!!
Love Jules
xxxx

Colleen said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind messages. This was a tough surgery but will hopefully fix the problems I was having ; )
Again I just wanted to tel you what beautiful children you have.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Michelle!


Wow! What beautiful Christmas and New Year Greetings you bring! I loved reading all of your journallings about your Holiday! What a special heart you have! Your 4 children are just beautiful! I love the picture with Ella and Sophie in their red Santa hats! I truly love the idea of the 3 Presents under the tree for the girls! I am thinking of doing that for our family next year, too!

See you on Tuesday!

Love,

Maria XOXO

Patricia said...

How the girls have grown! It looks as if you all had a wonderful Christmas!
Patricia

Rhonda said...

I just found your blog and love it. Where are your China dolls from?

Blessings to you!
~Rhonda

Shanna said...

So happy to see that your holiday was nice. The kids look fantastic!
The 3 gift idea is wonderful. I totally know what you mean about trying to seperate how the retail world wants us to celebrate Christ's birth and how we know we should.
I have been MIA also! but having so much fun this morning catching up on everyone's blogs!!
Hugs!

Michelle said...

Hi Michelle,
There was a whole lot of cuteness in this post!! Those smiles are contagious! I'm glad to hear you had a great Christmas, but sorry to hear you spent part of it at a funeral. On the bright side, if I were you, I'd be spending more time with your husband's family, too. Daughter not wife? You go, Michelle!

Denna said...

Love the pictures. That last pictures is to cute.

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