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Many reasons for a joyful season.

We kicked off the holiday season this year with a fun trip to Disney, one of my most favorite places!  There was thirteen of us and we had the chance to stay in the Animal Kingdom Lodge, where we awoke each morning to the sight of giraffes & zebras just below our balcony.  The Christmas season is a wonderful time to go to Disney as it is even more magical with special parades and fireworks at the castle, an amazing light display at Hollywood Studios & Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party at the Magic Kingdom.  The boys had many exciting adventures including becoming official pirates and Addie had fun watching all the action from the safety of daddy’s lap (usually peeking out through her fingers).  It may have had something to do with the fact that the first show we brought her to was “It’s Tough to be a Bug”.  Just in case you are wondering, a sure way to freak a toddler out is to be in total darkness with scary sounds and then have humungous insects crawl out of the ceiling.  The days passed much too quickly but I guess the best ones always do…

disneystoryboardAfter Disney & the whirlwind of preparations leading up to Christmas, I have truly treasured time to relax & spend with family.  Highlights included sampling all of my Mom’s cookies, cuddling with my sweet Grandma, watching Addie master the act of opening presents & catching up with my little brother & my sister-in-law visiting from Santa Cruz.  I loved watching the boys pour over World Vision catalogs together trying to choose the perfect gifts to give with the change overflowing from our Christmas jar.  We celebrated old traditions & started new ones too.  We had the chance to share all that God has done in our lives during our Christmas Eve service.  We remembered all that we have to be thankful for & all that we have to look forward to in 2012, like holding our sweet Teagan for the first time & bringing him home.  May your heart also be filled with gratitude for all of the blessings in your life & hope for the new year.

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January 1, 2012 - 10:02 am Riann - Your photos in my mailbox made my heart sing. Thank you, lovely friend! Your ability to capture your children -- and ALL that children are -- truly makes me marvel. Your artistry points to Jesus. Much love to you and yours...

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