i love every part of the christmas card process. i love taking the photo, designing the card, and ripping open the box when the man in brown delivers the cards to my door (ok, i can't stand addressing all of the envelopes, but that doesn't sound very cheery, now does it?). but last year as we were saving up money for our adoption expenses, we made the decision to forgo the paper card portion of the season in lieu of a cute little online ditty that we could share with all of our family and friends.
but then the christmas photography rush came, and our plans never made it past the first thought.
well this year, i'm proud to say that while i don't have any witty year-in-review letter to share with you like i had hoped to, i do have a picture. on a card. on the internet. whoo-hoo!!!!
(you can click on the card to make it big enough to actually read.)
since the christmas letter didn't make it to fruition, i thought i would link back to a few of our favorite posts from 2010. some make me laugh, some make me cry. but they're all a part of our story.
january. the month i was really funny. i don't know what got into me (or, more importantly, where it's gone since then), but january's stories make me giggle. the new year started out with a bang (and not necessarily a good one) that i documented through song here and here. i wrote a blurb about our not-always-so-reverent family worship time, and for you fellow adoptive-mommies-in-waiting, "god's voice in the waiting" is a must read. while the baby we really want home isn't here yet, we did add one member to our family early this year. she's a gem. and yes, i did dress her up for the photos. :-)
the "overheard at our house today..." posts are true reflections of what goes on in the house of the five lewis crew. this one makes me crack up every time i read it (as long as i'm not trying to eat at the same time). and although this conversation with myself wasn't technically an "overheard" post, it's definitely telling of some of the real parts of life around here.
july 30 was one of the best days of our year while august 13 was the worst. i could link into so, so many other posts during the weeks following judah's death - moments i forgot, days that i ugly-cried, the gift of answered prayers - but this is the day i want to remember and celebrate the most.
what a year it has been! the blessing of a beach trip with friends and a mountain trip with family, the scares of a car accident and a hospital admission, and the pain of growth. we've climbed to the mountaintop and we've tumbled into the valley. it's our story, and we're trusting the lord to bring about great good for us and great glory for himself through the events of this past year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and much love to you all!