Thursday, December 20, 2007

Celebrate Me Home!

I heard the song "Celebrate Me Home" by Kenny Loggins on the radio this morning and it made me think of Hope being home! Welcome home my dear friends and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Over the River and Through the Woods

My friend Ed in Miami sent me a web card today that he made and it had the cutest picture of Santa that I had to share it with you all. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

We All Age

I am newly addicted to the show Brothers & Sisters! It is so fantastic and now it is on hiatus due to the writer's strike. Darn...just when I got hooked! Anyhow, last week's episode had a guest appearance by an old favorite from the 80's...did you all catch the ending when a "mystery man" showed up at Holly's house? It was Ken Olin who was the good-looking 30 something star! I recognized him almost immediately despite the fact that he looks quite different! Check him out! I think he might be Becca's real father, which sets the stage for Becca and Justin to get together. I think she really loves him! This show is so great! Thanks Susan for prompting me to watch it! Comments welcome!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Cheri & Shane

Guangzhou Airport
Our very good friends, Cheri & Shane, left this morning on their journey to China to get their daughter Hope! I couldn't be more excited if it were me leaving to go get Aidan. I am thrilled beyond words for these two wonderful people who are getting ready to be parents for the first time. They are scheduled to arrive in Guangzhou tomorrow morning and they will meet Hope the following day, I believe. The girls and I called Shane & Cheri last night and wished them well. They were so excited, but at the same time calm, becasue they were going to be able to hold Hope in their arms very soon. They had everything packed and were absolutely ready to leave. The next time we see pictures of them, they will be a beautiful, happy family of three!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Feast Day of St. Nicholas

My girls woke up this morning full of joy and anticipation of seeing whether or not St. Nicholas came to our house last night. Here are the pictures.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

St. Nicholas

Tomorrow, December 6th is the Feast Day of St. Nicholas, who was known for giving things to people in need. Now, he is better known as Sinter Klaas in Belgium and Holland, Pere Noel in France, Sankt Nikolaus in Bavaria and St. Nikola in Russia. The children leave their shoes by the fireplace and St. Nicholas rides in on a white horse and leaves little presents and candy for the children while they sleep.

We celebrate Christmas Around the World in our house. I try to celebrate as many Feast Days as I can to teach the girls about how children in other places celebrate this season. It is a lot of fun and you can get very creative with your ideas!

Our Advent Wreath

We have a beautiful Advent wreath an Claire is lighting the first candle each night this week. Kate understands that she will light the second candle next week, and all is well. The girls are accumulating good deeds that we write on a piece of brown paper and place under Baby Jesus' cradle in the manger. The brown paper represents hay. This is a great way to get the children involved in the Advent season.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah

Our Cathedral is so beautiful that I wanted to share it with all of you. If you are ever in Savannah, be sure and walk inside. It is a magical and joyful place.

The Season has begun...

Last night we went to Mass and they lit the first purple candle on the beautiful Advent wreath at the Cathedral in Savannah. The priest spoke about the value and the gift of waiting and I thought it was very apropos given our long wait to get our babies. He reminded us to slow down our thoughts and our minds during this frenzied time of the year and to really enjoy the season and what it has to offer. I always feel a sense of renewal at this time of year. The season really brings out the joys and blessings that we have in our lives.