Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas Happenings

Our Christmas season started with a matchup between the Rams and the Steelers. Our friends pulled out all the stops when they came over to watch the game with us. They are from St. Louis so they brought quite a collection of their "stuff" to display in our house. They even made Dean a "crying towel" to replace his terrible towel. Too bad for them it was not needed as the Steelers crushed the Rams!

We enjoyed a staff Christmas dinner at Bucca de Beppo's where Dean sat in the throne in the Pope's room. He enjoyed the power a little too much I'd say...

Christmas Sunday, we enjoyed some time with my parents. It was a little cold that day so we were able to wear those clothes we wear once a year, like the corny Christmas sweaters. I swore I would never have one but that seems to be the thing to do here.

Allie was shocked and excited to get a Wii for Christmas. We had her convinced we couldn't find one. Here are her and Carly enjoying a round of boxing. We had several friends and family over for Christmas lunch and had a great time together.

On Christmas evening some friends from PA came down to spend a night before heading down to Disney so we had to take them to the ocean. It was a bit chilly.
Overall, it was a good Christmas. Hopefully, we will have a little one with us next year. It seemed kind of strange knowing there is a little baby girl a half a world away waiting for us to bring her home. Christmas will never be complete without our whole family together. Since our Emma is gone, there is an empty spot in our hearts that will never be filled. I took some time out on Christmas day to write to her in our special journal and I know she was with us, just one breath away. I could hear her laughter and see her sweet smile and I took her with me as I celebrated Christ and enjoyed our family and friends. I hope your Christmas was as full of laughter, love, and magic as ours!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Musical

Our church Christmas musical was this past weekend and it was really neat. Allie did a great job! We were really proud of her. Her Grandma and Grandpa Partington came up from Lake Wales to see it and we had our Christmas with them. It was a good weekend except for the fact that the Jaguars beat the Steelers and now we have to hear about it all week. Oh well. Maybe next time...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Today is 12/12 and there are 12 days until Christmas and I just found out we are number 12 on The List!! I'm not superstitous or anything but if I were, I would definitely think that was more than a coincidence. Either way, I'm very excited to know that we have moved up so soon!

This is Dean and his cousin, Ben, playing Guitar Hero III at the youth Christmas party last weekend. Dean now has a new item on his Christmas list!

This is a Florida snowman some of the youth had to make at the party. Not quite the same, but still...

Friday, December 7, 2007

Tis the Season

Deck the Halls!!

Well, the Christmas season is here and life is getting a little busier than normal. We have many things going on at the church of course. Allie is in a musical and has been practicing for that since September. She is doing great with her school work. Her days are full of learning, reading, socializing, and creating. She continues to play piano and is taking guitar lessons also. She loves that. Music is a passion for her right now.

She has been collecting teddy bears for the children's hospital here. We are calling them Tear Bears and they are given to the brothers and sisters of the children who have passed away at the hospital. It is a way for her to honor her sister's memory. We are very proud of her compassionate heart.

I'm sorry if this sounds like a Christmas letter but since I don't write them, I guess it is. I guess I am feeling reflective. Last night we attended a remembrance service at the hospital where Emma died. It is a sad service but a necessary one. It makes me think of how much we are missing with Emma not here for Christmas but it reminds me of what she has gained. Experiencing life with our Savior in Heaven is beyond my comprehension. It is Christmas everyday and much more. Being at the service also made me so thankful for Allie and the comfort she brings us. I am amazed by her. Some people comment on how much she has been through and I know they feel pity for her. I admit, her life has been different. There has been a lot of pain but there has been so much joy. She is who she is because of all of that pain and all of that joy and I am so very, very proud of her. I can't wait to see the amazing things she does with all of these life experiences. I think the world will be changed by a girl like Allie Olson!