I hope you had a beautiful Christmas Day! Look at this big girl with piggy tails opening her stocking at Daniel’s folks house:
We still have our tree up, lights shining, and I refuse to stop using our Christmas china cups until Epiphany. Especially since we received this amazing coffee mill from Daniel’s family for Christmas. A thing of beauty is a joy forever!
In the Liturgical Year: We’re smackdab on the middle of Christmastide enjoying our plans for the 12 Days of Christmas. Tonight we’re singing Christmas carols with a few friends, eating cookies, and drinking hot apple cider. On Tuesday we’re celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and it’s a Holy Day of Obligation so don’t forget to make it to Mass
Quote: I love this quote Sarah shared on FB yesterday:
“The beauty of the Gospel touches our hearts, a beauty that is the splendor of truth. It astonishes us, again and again, that God makes himself a child… so that we may love him, so that we may dare to love him, and as a child trustingly lets himself be taken into our arms. It is as if God were saying: I know that my glory frightens you, so now I come to you as a child, so that you can accept me and love me.”
(Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas Homily, Midnight Mass, 2012).
In the Garden: So many greens, sweet potatoes, and carrots. And even a valiant sunflower that struggled to bloom on Christmas Day!
Pregnancy Update: I’ll spare you all my whining about the continued nausea and vomiting. We’re having our big ultrasound next week (on Daniel’s birthday!) and I cannot wait to find out our baby’s gender and share with you! Let’s start a poll. Leave your prediction for Baby Carrot’s gender in the comments
The Quotable Benjamin:
Listening in to Benjamin playing with his new pirates and pirate ship: “I need you to come up here, please.” “OK! I’ll be there in just a minute!” Most polite pirates ever?
“Who is God’s grandpa?”
“How do you spell ‘I love you, Mama’?”
“I want to ride a bear soon.”
“Do mice have beards?”
Mama Time: shouting hallelujah (A beautiful reflection from a new mother.)
Instagrams Worth Sharing: (I’m carrotsformichaelmas on IG)
We are very into dollies these days.
My sweet loves.
Ok, folks. What are your predictions for Baby #3’s gender? My guess is boy!
Wishing you a wonderful Christmastide!
p.s. More severe morning sickness and then Christmas fun have me completely behind on responding to comments and emails. So sorry and I’ll catch up soon, promise!