I am so thankful and so tired from 2 weeks of Christmas, KB's baptism, and a wedding of 2 dear friends. So instead of attempting to write a coherent, thoughtful treatise, I will use pictures instead.
A few days before Christmas, this wonderful surprise package arrived from KB's blogger aunties. Thank you so much!! The IF blogging community is awesome!
Then my Advent prayer buddy, Shoved to Them, sent a most wonderful (and appropriate, considering the title of this blog) gift from Mystic Monks Coffee. Here's KB sniffing the bag, contemplating when she will get to drink her first cup of coffee someday...
At Christmas, for the first time since my wedding, the families of my husband and me were gathered together. We celebrated Christmas Day at our house. Of course, KB had no shortage of arms to hold her. As a bonus, the California/Oregon contingent got to experience a white Christmas for the very first time! (nota bene: we didn't take a picture on Christmas Day so I'm using one from the baptism instead)
Snowman or snow-woman? Hey, we had powdery snow and a thin layer of it to work with. :)
KB was baptized on Dec. 27th, wearing the Barrett family gown worn by me, my mom, and my sister. To finally have a baby in our arms, bringing her to the church for baptism, and having so many of our family and friends present was such a gift.
Me crying during the blessing of the mother. I wanted to ask the deacon, "Are you really talking to me? Is this real?" Two of the members of the SHE group attended the baptism, which really touched my heart.
Finally, I'm grateful for the gift of Katie Beth's life, and for all of you readers/bloggers. 2010 was quite a year, and I continue to hope and pray that God will bring blessings upon you and your families in 2011. And as always, pray for those still waiting...