Tonight you found your birthmark. We were in Mama and Daddy's room and you said, "I'm going to look in the mirror!" and then, "What's that??" and you pointed to the little spot up under your chin. I'm really not even sure how you saw it.
I told you it was a little spot you have had since you were born. I showed you my birthmark on my arm. Then I told you that that little spot was extra special and that it is one of the things that makes you, Lydda Grace Wylie, so wonderful.
You looked up at me and BEAMED, pointed up under your chin and said, "Tell me 'bout that 'gain." So I did.
Lydda Grace, I hope you grow up knowing that every little thing about you that makes you different and unique is there because God made YOU just the way you are. And He made you that way for a reason. Baby, your Daddy and I love every inch of you and it's hard to fathom that God's love for you is even greater.
Love you lots,
As soon as I saw these book slings I loved them and knew I wanted to do them in the kids' rooms. Lydda Grace was so excited about them and since we put them up yesterday I have already caught her several times sitting and reading and rocking. The basket has blankets and baby dolls in it so she can cuddle and read to her babies.
It was so very cold out that we didn't even take Wade out in it at all and Lydda Grace didn't seem to enjoy it too much (there are no pictures of her smiling while we were outside!).
Lydda Grace's favorite was the little grocery store. (which is why I have a ton of pictures from there).
Uncle Mark is a pro snowman-maker and Lydda Grace had a lot of fun.
Learning to throw snowballs with PopPop.
I love this picture!
It didn't take much to convince her to go back inside though... two words.... "hot chocolate."
Wade was perfectly content to stay inside and eat frozen bananas out of his little baby food musher thingy.
LG got some baby bottles in her stocking.
Dad got a Jimmy Johnson shirt in his stocking.
Wade watching all the excitement.
BekBek and HaHa got a sled from Bethy and Mark.
The aunts and uncles all got LG an easel, she loves it!
Sewing with Aunt Bethy.
Mom and Dad got a fire pit for the backyard so of course we had to give it a try!
When we got there the guys had a surprise and sent Mom and the three sisters to lunch and to get manicures and pedicures. It was such a treat to get time to just sit and catch up and hang out together!
Then it was off to the Christmas Eve service.
This is the stable where Jesus was born.
This is the cow in the sweet smelling hay, the cat and the kittens and three mice at play, that lived in the stable where Jesus was born.
This is the mother, Mary by name, the mother of Jesus she became, who sat near the cow in the sweet smelling hay.
This is the father, Joseph so tall, who cared for the baby and animals all. But mostly the mother, Mary by name.
These are the shepherds who came in the night. Who left flocks of sheep in their hurry and fright and wished well the father, Joseph so tall.
This is the angel who said, “Fear not.” Who spoke of a birth in a glorious spot and sent fast the shepherds who came in the night.
This is the town of Bethlehem, where families gathered and fill every inn, beheld by the angel who said, “Fear not.”
This is the earth all round and bright that glimmered with hope that first Christmas night at news from a town called Bethlehem.
This is the baby in swaddling clothes. The small, precious baby, the One whom God chose to come to the earth all round and bright, that glimmered with hope that first Christmas night at news from a town called Bethlehem. Where families gathered and filled every inn, beheld by the angel who said “Fear not.” Who sent fast the shepherds who came in the night and wished well the father, Joseph so tall. Who cared for the baby and animals all, but mostly the mother, Mary by name, who sat near the cow in the sweet smelling hay that lived in the stable where Jesus was born.
My favorite is the "smaaallllll pwecious baby" part :)
By the way if you've not seen this book, The Stable Where Jesus was Born, by Rhonda Gowler Greene we HIGHLY recommend!
Lydda Grace and Wade both love Granna Wylie's cats (one of which is Finn, the cat we had before LG was born). Finn would lay on top of the kitty condo and LG would just pile toys all around him while he laid there and she would talk to him, "here's a toy for you Finn".... "you like this toy Finn".... etc. Wade just squealed whenever he saw the cats!
It was great to just play, read and relax with family.
For our "Christmas Eve" we dragged the double mattress into the den and sat on it while we ate supper (pizza and cookies) and watched these little Disney Christmas mini movies.
"Christmas morning" we had the big reveal of the kitchen and had fun opening the few gifts we got the kids. We spent the rest of the day playing!
I think we all were in our "jammies" well into the afternoon!