It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! We’ve had a wonderful fall season and winter has been beautifully mild to us so far. It’s been a little chilly, a tiny bit rainy and perfect sweater/coat weather. I love it. I haven’t posted in a while, so I’ll share some pictures of fun things that have happened since October.

We celebrated Halloween. Lily was a puppy.

She LOVES her puppy stuffed animal, who happens to be named “Puppy.”

happy little cutie!

We walked the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge at twilight

Lily discovered a new love for stickers

We celebrated Brett’s 28th at the Museum of Natural History

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my Mom’s side of the family. So fun! Here I am with some cousins and their babies

sad Lily at the winter photoshoot

that’s better, Lily

kissy lips

We saw the giant Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Plaza. It was awesome!

And that brings us to the Christmas season. Truly, the most wonderful time of the year. People are happier, nicer and more aware of others. I’ve been offered more help with carrying the stroller up and down the subway stairs in the past week than I have the whole 4 months we’ve been here. Awesome.

We had our Christmas program this past Sunday at church. It uplifted me and really focused my thoughts on Christ. And Mary. What a woman she was! She loved her son as only a mother could.

With the tragic events in Connecticut this past week, I am reminded just how fragile life is. In one short moment, your life could be drastically changed. Now more than ever, I am aware of the blessing it is to have my daughter. So I hug Lily a little tighter, I kiss her a little more. I relish in the joy of her sweet baby laugh. I tell her I love her more often. I appreciate the opportunity to be her mother a little more everyday. She is changing every minute and I know she will never be the same tiny girl I see her as right now. I want to enjoy her today and everyday, especially since we don’t know what tomorrow holds. This much I do know, we will be a family forever thanks to Mary and her beloved son, Jesus Christ.

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