Today and tomorrow mark our first major holiday as a waiting family. It's not as hard as I thought it would be, but we've only been waiting for a couple weeks. We'll see how it gets as time progresses.
In the meantime, I wanted to tell you a little bit about how Christmas is for our family, at least how it is this year. I'm sure once you come everything will change.
This year, we have a small white tree (it stands at about a foot and a half), with quite a bit of presents under and around it at the moment. The presents are mostly for other members of our family: Grams Marie and Paps Jon, Aunt Joyce and Uncle Jeff, Aunt Jan, Grandma Ann, Cousin Alex and his girlfriend Haley (all on your father's side), Grandpa TC, Auntie MayMay and Uncle Isaac, Grandma Cheryl, Grandma Mel, and several students of mine (those are all on my side). We've also mailed a ton of them out (Stephanie and Eric have already gotten theirs, as have my GodDaughter Emma, Grandmas Maia and Jackie, and Aunt Jill and Alicia). We also have a couple gifts for us - some from each other, but most from our wonderful loving friends and family. I imagine once you're a part of our family, ALL the gifts will be for you :)
On the tree we have a couple of small blue ornaments and a really beautiful ornament that is in the shape of a heart and says "Our First Christmas, 2013" which was a wedding gift. Someday I hope to have a "Baby's First Christmas, 201_". Above the tree, we've taped all the Christmas cards that we've gotten to the wall. Dad wasn't sure about this idea at first, but I think it looks pretty nice. I've got a video of a crackling fire playing on the television, and a pumpkin pie candle burning - so the house smells delicious and sounds nice and cozy.
There are also some pretty decorations up. Gold ornaments hang from the dining room chandelier and in some doorways. There is a small red table runner on the dining table with red candles and a quaint little decorative tree with a cardinal on top. There is also a lit up garland on the kitchen island.
We're going to be having some of my students over today so that I can give them their gifts. Tomorrow, Grandma Cheryl and Grandpa TC are coming over to our house to have Christmas dinner and open presents. I'm going to make some sugar cookies (because yum), and buy just a couple more presents, and then we're all ready for tomorrow!
Someday you'll be here, opening gifts with us. Someday we will be helping you to clean up the mess and put everything away. Someday we'll all sit down as a family to decide what we can do for others this time of year. Someday we'll ring the new year in together and make plans on how we're going to be better people. Someday.
But for now, I do have one present for you. When our Home Study became final a couple weeks ago, we asked Stephanie and Eric to be your God Parents. Stephanie and Eric are two of the kindest, most loving people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. In the lowest times and the highest times of my life, I have always been able to turn to these two wonderful people who have seen me through. Stephanie was one of two bridesmaids in our wedding (Auntie MayMay was the other), and Eric performed most of the ceremony that joined your father and me. I know that these two will smother you with unconditional love, and support you through the wonderful times in your life as well as the difficult ones.
Wherever you are right now, please know that you are loved by so many people who cannot wait to meet you when the right time comes.
Merry Christmas, Baby.