Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Samuel's First Christmas (in pictures)

First thing after waking up at Grandma's house Christmas morning...
I wasn't expecting Samuel to get that into it but he saw a present
sticking out of the top of his stocking and dove right in!

Almost thirty years ago my grandmother knit this stocking for me...
This year she lovingly knit one for her great-grandson - priceless!

Making stuffing with his Grandma

I read some time ago on someone else's blog (no recollection who!)
about how each of their children receive three gifts on Christmas:
one thing they want (i.e. something fun),
one thing they need (i.e. something practical),
and one thing to give away (i.e something that helps someone else).
I loved the idea so much that I decided to adopt it for my own family.

Here is Samuel with his "something fun"!

My little chef spent the rest of the day cooking, 
his absolute favourite thing to do!

Something practical - Samuel loved this hat so much I could hardly get it off him to go to bed!
Thank you to the incredibly talented Sarah and Rachel from Handiwork For Elijah
The hat is absolutely gorgeous, so thick and soft and the best part is, all the proceeds go to help 
bring orphans home to their forever families! Check it out :)

Samuel's "something for someone else" was an Angel Tree Ornament from Reece's Rainbow.
Little "Colby" is five years old and loves dancing to music just like Samuel.
We're praying that next year Colby can spend his first Christmas with his forever family, just like Samuel!
Might there be room around your table for this fun-loving little boy?

Ok, so I kind of cheated this year...
I'm calling this bonus present the "because I want you to know how much you're loved" present.

There's nothing Samuel loves more in this world than his family and he insists on keeping a
slideshow of family pictures playing over and over on my laptop all day long.
Now he has his own pictures to hang in his room that he can look at whenever he wants.
Samuel loved it and couldn't stop staring at it all afternoon!

Enjoying some cuddle time with Nana

Samuel loves his Poppy!

With his favourite aunt and uncle
(we're in that stage right now... you know, the one where you say, "Samuel, smile!" and you get this face...)

Because every little boy needs an uncle to help assemble new toys on Christmas!

From this...
... to this!

God you're so good!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

This Christmas

Today is December 1st which for my family always marks the beginning of the Christmas season. This year it's especially exciting as Samuel will be spending his first Christmas surrounded by a family who loves him. He will decorate Christmas trees and bake Christmas cookies and open presents and participate in reaching out to those in need... Meanwhile, 163 million children around the world will spend yet another Christmas without a family.

As we prepare to celebrate this holiday season...

  • There are 30,000 children living in foster care in Canada who are waiting to be adopted (115,000 in the US). 
  • There are approximately 25 million children in Asia who have been abandoned and are longing for a place to belong.
  • There are over 50 million orphans in Africa who are in need of a family.  
  • There are approximately 1 million children living in institutions in Eastern Europe who are desperate for someone to give them hope and a future. 
Would you consider opening your heart and home to a child who wants nothing more than a family of their own? 
No, it won't be easy, but it will be the greatest gift you could give yourself / your family this Christmas.