Had to start with a picture of her first Christmas! Ellie Grace is already a pro at opening gifts. She might be trouble later ;).
And, whoa! I just realized I haven’t posted in almost a week. A nice, long vacay will do that to you. We just got back from traveling for Christmas and, wow, we feel blessed! We had such a great time with our families and we were spoiled rotten, per usual (although, I must say, having a baby does contribute to the spoilage)!
Most importantly, we were reminded of our Father’s love for us and of the beautiful birth and life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Here’s a prayer my dad wrote for Christmas.
‘Father, we thank you for all you have created and for giving us the capacity to see your creation in its simple beauty and to appreciate how extraordinary it is.
But most of all we thank you for your boundless love, undeniably shown more than 2000 years ago when you entered into this world yourself and, through your Son, became one of us to redirect us back to our original destiny of eternal life with you.
And tonight, Father, we also thank you for this Christmas gathering of family and friends and for giving us the courage to say: Bless us O Lord and these thy gifts we are about to receive from your bounty through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.’
I hope you, too, enjoyed reflecting on His greatness over Christmas!
Now, onto some pictures of family and food, of course!
Well, first things first…
Yep, that’s a Kitchen Aid Mixer! Best gift EVER! Now, if we could find somewhere to put this thing. Our kitchen is teeny! And don’t mind my attire and lack of make-up, please. You can stay in your pajamas all day on Christmas, right!?
Four generations! (I finally got ready for the day!)
Loving Mimi holding her!
Our first Christmas with Ellie Grace.
Delicious Appetizers on Christmas Eve.
The usual–Beef Tenderloin. Mmmm.
The Christmas Feast!
We also had some amazing beets on Christmas Eve and delicious homemade apple pie on Christmas day. I’ll be blogging about the beets in the very near future! No promises on the pie though–maybe my cousins will make a guest appearance to blog about the pie…if we’re lucky. It was tasty!
And, finally, you know it’s a good day when this happens: