Again this year, God used death and grief to super glue Brian and my hearts together and yet bless us farther than seems possible with love and LIFE. We celebrate Jesus and are grateful for living hope and the fullness of joy that draws us to know him more and more.
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
We've had fun getting away over Christmas, and also made sweet memories at home. New memories. Memories without my Mom and Dad.
We spent two days before Christmas with Brian's family. They were tender and compassionate, and it was great to be together.
Brian wants us home on Christmas Eve. He wants the girls to wake up in their own beds and sleepily walk down to their own tree on Christmas morning. Just like we did when we were kids. So we always are home. But this year, it was just us. Usually my Mom and Dad are here with us. New memories.
I told Brian Christmas morning while we were in the middle of the early morning excitement. The girls were unwrapping gifts... the joy and squealing... I realized a truth, 'Somehow, this is my favorite Christmas yet.'
That certainly isn't right... Is it? Is it possible that my first Christmas with no parents sitting and sipping coffees while grinning at little girls, could be good? Christmas Day WAS. I am carried by the Lord. Somehow He met me and comforted me. In a very special way.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
2 Cor 1:11 'Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of MANY.'
MANY prayed for me. For my family. For my heart. For the day. Those prayers were heard.
'But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.'
2 Cor 12:9
Without exception, the BEST thing God blessed us with in the Year 2012 is our little Eleanor Bliss. We adore our baby. She IS Bliss.
Potentially I have created a monster. We were on the way out the door this morning to the gym and Evelyn put on lipstick before we left.
Thoughtful taste testing...