Merry Christmas

What a wonderful first Christmas! We spent Christmas Eve with Tanner's family opening presents and eating way too many lil' smokies. Went to church with my parents this morning. What a blessing to see old friends! Cooper got more toys than any 10 month old needs and we haven't even opened gifts with my family yet. I think we are going to have to sort some things in the playroom.

Cooper surprised Mommy and Daddy with an early present. He stood all by himself on Friday night (Dec. 23rd). Granted, it was only for about a second and a half, but it was AWESOME! He has also learned how to open the cabinet doors. Before now, we've been able to distract when he tries to open them. Now he knows that where we hide all our best stuff - haha!  Life is about to get very interesting!

We took a few minutes this evening to read the story of Jesus' birth from Cooper's new bible. Hoping that will become a family tradition. We read about how Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room anywhere else.  I pray that I make room for Jesus and don't force him into the dirty, stinky places of my heart. I pray that I give him the place he deserves.

To my sweet little man:

Merry Christmas! I hope to teach you that Christmas is about giving, not about Santa, or presents. It's about the incredible gift God gave when He sent His son as a tiny baby. He sent that baby to take all our bad and make it good; make it beautiful. Although you got lots of fun presents from people who love you very much, I can't wait for the day that you accept the gift of Jesus. Praying that God will give you a heart that loves and chases after him! I love you so much!

- mommy

Christmas Music

Tanner and I love Christmas music. We have to try very hard to let halloween pass before we bust out our collection of cds. They range from Shane & Shane to James Taylor to Dean Martin and I love them all. Music has a away of extracting emotion that nothing else can. There are songs that remind me a very specific time in my life. Every time I hear one of those songs, I am instantly transported back to that time.

I wanted to share a couple of amazing songs with you. The first is exactly how I felt this time last year. We were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our sweet little man. Dreaming of what he would look like. Longing to hold him in our arms.  We were trying our very best to be patient and prayerful. That's tough when you've already waited 8 years!

Take a quick listen to The Last Christmas Without You - trust me. Ya gonna love it!

 The next song is one that I've heard before, but it never struck a chord with me until a few weeks ago at church. An expectant mommy (with an amazing voice) sang this song. It was such a poignant moment; watching her sing and tenderly touching her belly. It took all I had not to cry. Not the sweet, solitary tear, but a raging flood of ugly cry (you know the kind when you can't control your face?).
Never could we have imagined what a blessing we would received when God put Cooper in our lives. I've always heard parents talking about how life is never the same after you have children - well, duh! But until your a parent, it's impossible to comprehend. Life is different; you are different. Everything is different, in the most amazing way imaginable. 

  A Baby Changes Everything - ain't that the truth!

Hope you enjoyed some of my new favorite Christmas songs. Remember, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. If you don't know where that comes from, you've missed out on one of the best Christmas movies of all time. Buy (don't just rent) Elf. It's hilarious.

One last thing - Cooper was diagnosed with RSV yesterday. He's struggled with allergies for several months, but this is the first time he's really been sick. I think he'll make a quick recovery. I know he won't want to miss out on all the fun on his very first Christmas.