And this Christmas they have everything: arms to hold them, food to fill them, hearts to love them.
So many of you reading have done so very much to give everything to these little ones, and we are so very grateful.
Starting Christmas Eve they had no idea what was in store for them! We went to our church's Christmas Eve Service- charming and delightful, families dressed in their Christmas finest singing carols, holding candles and watching little ones pile onto the stage to tell the story of Jesus.
We brought a shepherd.
And a little girl who so desperately wanted on that stage! No photos, but her screeches could be heard throughout the room! We dressed her in angel wings and decided to let her try to go on with the other angels (this is a very low-key "production") but little one couldn't wait her turn without a tantrum so she and mama had run for it down the center aisle to get her away from temptation!
Looking our finest!
to Christmas jammies!
the sweetest thing. a girl transformed. look at all that chub! and those curls!
Just 6 months ago... to now!
laughing so hard she can't breathe (daddy is pretty funny!)
that is laughter, not tears!
the best big brother and the sweetest guy- makes this mama proud!
well...we can't all be happy all the time!
While wrapping gifts Christmas Eve, James and I had a little helper. She had been tucked away and hidden in our master bath since Tuesday night and still not been discovered!!!
Christmas morning brought more excitement- James and I couldn't wait for the little ones to wake up!
So fun to have added some Ukrainian decorations to our Christmas decorations! I've just been itching for Christmas so I could put this beautiful egg out- it is quite large- about 5 inches tall!
This matroyshka family is Charlie's keepsake from Ukraine.
Two precious ornaments from a sweet friend showed up on our front porch on Christmas eve- precious reminders of the sweet new fulfilled promises in our home!
Once the boys were awake I had to awaken this little one from her slumber.
They boys were thrilled with new pieces for their train track...
...and sister shed a few tears... (don't worry, she turns it off as fast as she can turn it on!)
And a surprise Christmas kitten! He was oh so surprised!
He named her "Bird".
In the afternoon we moved on to Grandmama Tootsie's house. Full of cousins, laughter and yummy food!
Betsy Kate convinced her Grumpy to follow her all over the house and keep her out of mischief and Charlie convinced Dougie to toss him around!
Funny Face! It was the best I got of our busy girl in her plaid dress.
It was the merriest of Christmases!