Merry Christmas!

25 12 2009

The winter sun is pouring through our windows this beautiful Christmas morning. Frost on the trees behind our home looks almost like snow. The children woke up before dawn, excited about the gifts and celebration to come. This morning we had a breakfast of cinnamon rolls, quiche and fruit salad. We drank mimosas, apple cider, coffee and peppermint hot chocolate.

We then opened the first round of Christmas presents. Almost all of the gifts were for the little boys. They opened books and DVDs, science kits and sweaters. Stockings were full of ski socks, chocolate, oranges and other gifts. The biggest hits were the handmade superhero capes and wooden swords along with a giant wooden castle. Ama suprised Did Dad and the boys with a wooden foosball game that can go in the RV.

After the flurry of activity, the little boys are napping and Asher is playing with the new castle. I have a few minutes to sit, drink a cup of tea and reflect on the year.

It is hard to believe another year has passed. This time last year, we were snowed in, ejoying finally having our whole family together after I and then Zephaniah had been in the hospital through November and December. Zephan was barely 5 pounds and was still only 36 weeks gestational age, although he was 5 weeks old. Zephan has had an amazing year. He turned one in November and is now about 17 pounds and 28 inches. He is crawling and cruising around. Everyday he is learning new words and he delights in playing games like peekaboo.

Micah is going on three. Like is brothers, he is growing and learning new things. This fall, Micah’s been enjoying a preschool class at Community Bible Study. He’s looking foward to skiing with Did Dad this winter. Micah is a very funny little person and we enjoy him so much. Almost every morning, he wakes me up at about 6:45 asking to snuggle. He loves trains and superheroes and Curious George.

Asher just turned five two weeks ago. It is incredible to me that we have a five year old! How did that happen? Asher is in pre-kindergarten at a Christian school near our house. He loves his school and has been making many new friends this year. We’re preparing to send him to kindergarten at the fall. He will begin ski lessons in a few weeks and is hoping to play soccer in the spring.

Mark is still enjoying his job at Microsoft, where he works as a project manager and analyst in the online advertising business. Although he continues to work with people all over the world, he has not had to travel internationally this year. He enjoys working internationally, but I’ve been happy to have him home with the three little boys keeping me very busy. This spring, Mark began cycling to work about four days a week. Although the cold and wet weather in the winter makes cycling difficult, he hopes to get back on the bike in the early spring. In the meantime, he’s excited to go snowboarding at Alpental.

Thanks to my husband’s hard work and God’s provision, I have been able to stay at home with our boys. Over the last year, I have started to run, bike and swim and to race in triathlons. I am sincerely enjoying this sport and looking forward to more races in 2010. Over the summer, we joined a community supported agriculture farm. We went to the farm weekly all summer and fall to pick amazing organic produce. This year I have also been volunteering on the NICU Parent Advisory Council for Evergreen Hospital. In this role, I’ve been able to work on a few projects designed to help families in the NICU. Mark and I are continuing to participate in a Parent-to-Parent mentoring program for other NICU families.

I want to write more, but I only have one minute before I need to prepare for the rest of this Christmas day. Check back in a few days for more posts looking back at this year!

I want to wish you all a merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!



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