“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
The final month of the year is one which we greatly enjoy. We don’t have nearly the amount of Christmas programs to attend, family to visit, or yard decorations to put up as we have in the past. Instead Crystal has a list of traditions we keep in order to enjoy the season, our family, and the expectation of Jesus.
For those of you who were following along with the pregnancy and birth, we hope these photos give some perspective to what Crystal walked through over the past months. We thank God for a healthy baby and a healthy mother.
Not all of the shots are shown here, but this is a majority of them.
When Crystal had to ice and then give herself the shot, Grant would push as far away as he could from them. I imagine this picture brought back tough memories!
Today we do both! It is our annual Celebrate Life Day and it is full of tears and laughter. We thank our good and gracious God for another year to walk beneath this sun. Each March 10th is a reminder to us to both squeeze all we can out of this fleeting life, and also to hold our very existence loosely for it is a vapor.
The finite nature of our life reminds us we are fragile, and the lovingkindness of our God reminds us that we are safe. Weep and laugh. Mourn and dance.
That summarizes fairly well where we are at in the adoption process. All of our paperwork was sent in at the end of the summer. Now all there is to do is wait for the government offices to make a match with our family. Our adoption agency has kept us informed on how things are moving (or not moving), and we continue to pray for the child that God will bring into our family. Thank you for praying with us!
Crystal has been hard at work creating new jewelry to raise awareness and funds for our international adoption. You can take a look at what she has made over at the new Etsy store here. Additional items will be added in the next two weeks.