Merry Christmas to All! (my 500th post!)

One year ago today, Charlie and I were in Minnesota visiting family and timing our return trip to Colorado to coincide with our first RE appointment in Denver. It was a great trip to visit family and friends, but sadly, the underlying frustrations of ongoing unemployment and infertility worries weighed heavily on our hearts, our happiness, and our marriage.

Flash forward one year and 245 blog posts later, and this is our new Christmas morning reality…our new amazing normal.

Big stretches as she wakes up… 🙂
Just Chilin’ while Momma packs her bag to spend the day with the fam!

At Christmas Eve service last night, I caught myself bawling while holding a candle and singing Silent Night in the darkened church. We were surrounded by the love and support of all 16 members of our immediate families (including some significant others), most of whom were in town visiting from 1,000+ miles away. My wonderful husband had his arm around me (just after this pic was taken *grin*) and was swaying and singing along with me… and I was looking down at our beautiful little girl in my arms, feeling beyond blessed and grateful to be in this place, in this moment, with these people.

Thank you, God, for sharing your son with us all those years ago, and for giving us our own child to love and to cherish. The struggle to get here was beyond difficult, but we’ll do our best to never take a moment of our time with her for granted.

Merry Christmas everyone. 🙂


  1. love the pics! such a sweet moment. it's amazing what a difference a year can make. i am so happy for you! merry christmas!!!

  2. Merry Christmas…I just love looking at pics of your family. 🙁

  3. so sweet. Merry Christmas!

  4. How totally adorable. Merry Christmas!

  5. I wish you could know how much your happiness and the love of your family warms my cold little heart. Happy Christmas wishes to you, Charlie, Stella, and the rest of your family. Much love to you all!

  6. What is it about that song that brings everything into perspective, especially with a precious sleeping baby in your arms. LOVE that picture in the church!

  7. That is truly beautiful…Miss Stella is gorgeous and fits you perfectly. xoxo

  8. Very sweet post! Really nice pics too!

  9. What a beautiful post. And what a beautiful present to you and yours right before Christmas!

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