Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas!

This year at our annual snapshot, baby Elora was just three days old!  Brandon and I have been taking a photo of our children in the Christmas trees since Aria was just a one year old tot.  We have a tradition of visiting the tree farm the day after Thanksgiving, and even though we could have delayed it this year, it was a wonderful warm day to venture out for baby's first outing.   So we did!

In our prayers at a candlelight service tonight on Christmas Eve, a few lines caught in my throat.  As a congregation we wished, "Joy to expectant parents and relief to those who long for children."  And I thought, yes, yes!

This year my family is filled with joy.  I think back to last year when we were so grateful for peace at Christmastime, when joy seemed to great a thing for us.  After Eleni's surgery she seemed so much better and finally in less pain.  So, Peace.  And very grateful for it.  But this year, Joy!  This year... so much can change in a year.

Looking towards next year, I wish joy for us and all of you.  I wish a year in which we are blessed and in which we are a blessing.  I wish Peace, yes; but also Joy and always Love.

Merry Christmas!

22 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family! this year certainly has been full of joy for you and yours!!! your readers have been blessed too.

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  2. Merry, merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family, Rachel!!!

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  3. Merry Christmas Rachel. The picture of your children is adorable. Wishing you joy and the many blessings children bring throughout the new year.

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  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Rachel!!

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  5. So beautiful, Rachel! You deserve so much joy and love! Merry Christmas, friend!

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  6. Merry Christmas!! I am filled with joy for the joy your family is experiencing this year. And don't forget hope... :) This has been a year of such sadness and joy, and what a hope fulfilled Elora has been for you. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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  7. I'm patiently waiting for my children to fall asleep so I can set up the gifts and thought I'd peek in here. What a BEAUTIFUL picture! Elora is so precious in Aria's arms. I'm so very happy for you Rachel! Revel in the joy! Thank you for blessing us with your life's story...it's a great one. Merry Christmas xo!

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  8. Merry Christmas and blessing to your family!

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  9. Merry Christmas from the faraway Athens, Greece

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  10. I'm wishing you and your family a Merry, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays:-)

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  11. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and joyous new Year. I look forward to 2017 with you.

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  12. Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you Rachel and your family! x Teje

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  13. what a beautiful family. merry christmas to all of you.

    sara

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  14. Merry Christmas from Germany ! To see those grown up kids with Elora is such a joy - I wish you all the very best for 2017 !

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  15. So moved by your joy! Yes! So much CAN change in a year . Merry peaceful Christmas to your family

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  16. Sweet precious children! Merry Christmas!

    Leslie

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  17. I love this picture. We had sunshine today in Northern Virginia 35 miles west of the cesspool. It was great to go for a long walk with dad. This was a quiet Christmas, but perhaps all in God's plan. My older sister stayed home with back pain, perhaps from pushing herself too hard, and my youngest daughter stayed home because she had "a cold" and hormonal thunderstorms due to being 6 weeks pregnant! My older daughter spent quality time with her inlaws and little Sarah got her first kitchen.
    This has been a year. One, I am not sure I would want to revisit unless it was to hug and kiss my mom even more that I did, or to love my Pierro Kitty more and perhaps...
    This was a good Christmas. Your three precious kiddos make a sweet trio. Love to all of you

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  18. Happy Christmas from England Rachel to you and your precious family 🎄

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  19. She was so very tiny.
    You have beautiful children Rachel.
    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
    Happy New Year!

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  20. Happy Holidays! What a wonderful picture. All your children are so beautiful. It's such a treasure to get a little insight into your sweet family. As I've said before, you're an amazing mother. They are so blessed by you. May you ALL be extremely joy filled this year. Love, Robin

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