Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas 2012

Well, we seem to have made it. Our first Christmas without Chris. There were some hard moments--more than I expected, actually. And there were many sweet moments--spent with family and friends. I hope your Christmas was blessed this year, as well.

Erika and I had our family (of 2) Christmas on Christmas Eve. We read the Christmas story (from the shepherds' perspective) from her Jesus Storybook Bible. The angel ornament ("Hope") was a gift from a sweet friend, who is also walking through her first Christmas without her husband...
Dad kept a fire burning downstairs for us throughout the days of Christmas.

We ate lots of yummy food (this is Erika enjoying Nana's Christmas morning brunch)

and were loved completely (with cousin Audrey).

Erika lets her uncles know when she needs some male attention...and they happily give it every time.  Thanks, guys. I love you for this.
(Uncle Steve above, Uncle Jake below)

Thank you to our friends and family, who treated us so tenderly this Christmas season. You prayed for us, sent us cards, and gave us sweet gifts. We love you more than we can express with words.


  1. I love the pictures of the Uncles! How lucky she is to have great men in her life! Mostly Glad God helped you through what can be a difficult time of year. Lots of love!

  2. Aweeee Em! :) So glad that you made it through with some smiles from your sweet girl and photos to remember this time! :) Love you! :)