Cora’s first gift was this great sled. We spent Christmas Eve with Joel’s family and the grandkids each got a big gift from Joel’s parents after breakfast. Cora loved to just sit in the sled. Now we need some snow!
We celebrated and celebrated. Five family Christmas gatherings and lots of time with family. Here are a few pictures of Cora’s first Christmas:
We tried REALLY hard to get a family “Christmas” picture. You know, one where everyone is looking and smiling. This is our best! Cora claps for everything now.
They wanted a picture with Cora too, but she kept trying to crawl away. Henry tried really hard to hold onto her.
Christmas morning we spent at home by ourselves. It was such a nice relaxing day and so fun to celebrate Christmas with our new family of three.
We had two more Christmas gatherings in Nebraska with Joel’s family, but I managed to not take a single picture. Oops!
New Year’s Day we celebrated Christmas with my family. Ellie was the Christmas elf and helped everyone open their presents.
Cora was quite grumpy this day. I think she was DONE celebrating Christmas. She would only go to Grammy.
And I tried to get a picture with Cora too, but she wouldn’t look at the camera. Like I said, I think she had enough parties and pictures. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!
Tripp Donald Beverlin was born to my brother Matt and his wife Rachel on Christmas Eve. Look how sweet his sister Ellie is with him! I can’t wait to meet my new little nephew. Congratulations Matt and Rachel! If you want to see more pictures check out Rachel’s blog. I “borrowed” this picture from her.
He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first born, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angle said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:4-12
After the kids finished acting out the Christmas story they sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. There is nothing sweeter than hearing those little voices sing to Jesus! Merry Christmas!
Too busy to blog last week.
Here is a glimpse of what we were up to:
This is the ONE convenience we have living in the country. We have a cute little post office right by our house and there is NEVER any lines to wait in. I love it!
Cora had to get bundled up for our outings. How do you like the black eye? We aren’t really sure where that came from!?
The presents are wrapped and under the tree. I LOVE wrapping paper and ribbon. Wrapping presents is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Weird, I know.
Cora got to open her first Christmas present at a Christmas party we went to. Of course, I think she liked the paper more than the gift!
At our Christmas party we had a white elephant gift exchange. Joel and I had fun digging through our basement to find the “perfect” gift. You would be surprised to know what treasures we have. I was disappointed not to get this beautiful wig. Joel Smith is aging so nicely, don’t you think?
We also hosted a Christmas party for our small group. Another white elephant gift exchange AND an ugly sweater contest. The best was a Christmas vest with a musical tie. Even little Emry had a Christmas sweater.
Joel’s sister was in the Homecoming Court. She is the one in the pink dress on the left AND the new Miss Berean. She looked beautiful! My camera battery died, so this is the best picture I have. Congratulations Ivy!
We had a Christmas gathering at Fred and Ruth’s house on Saturday. Here is Cora with all her cousins on Joel’s side. Man, it is hard to get little kids to all look the same direction for a picture. They are a cute bunch though!
And in between all these events I have spent some time at the doctor’s office. My little girl is STILL not better. She is using a breathing machine now, has had three shots, and started a new antibiotic.
Poor baby. Poor tired mom and dad. I am ready to have my happy little girl back. Hopefully by Christmas. That leaves only two days!!
She has been fighting an ear infection for over a week now. Two visits to the doctor. Two antibiotics. I’m still not sure if she is better. When I set her down to try to get something done it usually turns out like this. Lots of crying. Poor baby. Let’s just say not much is getting checked off my Christmas “to-do” list.
We did finally get the tree up and some Christmas decorations put around the house. I LOVE Christmas, but this past week has been a little stressful and long. Hopefully this week will be better. Lots to do…
Hopefully Cora will be well enough to enjoy all the festivities. Hope you are getting lots checked off your Christmas list!