But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christmas preparations

Two people asked me recently, "How are you REALLY doing?" I guess my posts sound really up-beat, and indeed, that is how I am feeling!: very, very blessed; provided for on every front by my Heavenly Father and His vessels here on Earth. I even have dear Sarah to stay with me at night while Gavin is gone! [For more on why he's gone, see next post.]

This picture of Sarah wrangling babies is hilarious because David is contorting poor Gracie's face in his excitement, and Sarah is trying to intervene without the free hands to be able to do so! Welcome to our world. :)
In addition, I am encouraged by how eagerly and abundantly Seth is eating and drinking. I am also encouraged by the fact that during his small motor skills assessment he scored higher than his unadjusted age (i.e. at the level of a 16-month-old when he's "actually" not quite 13 months based on his due date of Nov. 3rd), so he no longer qualifies for occupational therapy! And last night I was moved almost to tears when I saw him react to the wreath that had hung in his bay at the NICU last year. He was just as entranced by the flashing snowflake lights, but whereas last year he could only see it from my arms or from his bed, this year he could stand up and touch the lights, looking hale, healthy, happy and hearty! We revel in a thousand gifts like this. We are overwhelmed by God's grace as we look back and see how far we've all come, and we never cease to be amazed at God's care of us through you and so many others. He is good, all the time, and He has been so kind and merciful to our family.
Seth exploring his wreath from last year. (The bulbs remain cool to the touch.)
Marcie was pretty interested too! The other babies were already in bed.

Three cute babies (Seth, Marcie, Gracie) on the couch with their good bud Jonathan. He volunteers with his mom, much to Gavin's amazement. (Babies were a foreign, somewhat scary other life form to Gavin before he had his own.) Thanks to their help with babies and cleanup last night, I was able to decorate for Christmas. I had the fun job!

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care. I can't believe the kids haven't pulled them down yet!
Left to right is Jonathan's mom, Marcie, Gracie and Seth.

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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