Monday, December 26, 2011

First Christmas!

Eliana's first Christmas, our first Christmas away...lots of new experiences for us this year!  We had a wonderful Christmas and even though we weren't with our families, we were blessed to be able to be with our friends and to celebrate with our sweet Eliana.  I just can't say enough how amazing it is to have a child after waiting to so long and to finally get to have Christmas with her was just such a blessing!  I am overwhelmed with God's goodness to us.

When thinking through traditions we wanted to start with our family to try to keep the focus of Christmas more on Jesus' birth, we decided to do our Christmas gift time on Christmas Eve morning and then spend Christmas morning worshiping together as a family.  Of course with Eliana being so small she didn't know what was going on, but we still did it and it was really sweet.  I look forward to our times together in the future as Eliana grows.

Also, on Christmas Eve we went to our small group and had a service and then on Christmas afternoon we celebrated with friends with a meal and an afternoon of games.  We were able to Skype with our families too, which was a blessing.  Technology is wonderful!

Praise the Lord for the celebration of Jesus' birth!  In the words of the angels, "Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men on whom His favor rests!"

Here are some pictures (and a video of her opening her Daddy's present at the bottom)...

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