Monday, November 2, 2009

Merry Christmas

I know, I know . It is just the beginning of November. Some people aren't ready to think about Christmas yet. If you are one of those people you might want to stay away from our house now. We are so ready for Christmas! We absolutely love the Christmas season and we started listening to our Christmas music today.

There is a certain song, though, that has such a special meaning to me that I wanted to share it with you all. It is a song by Third Day called "Merry Christmas". I first heard this song the Christmas that we were in the midst of the adoption process and it brought tears to my eyes every single time it came on. It is the story of a family waiting to adopt a little one from China and it talks about Christmas without her. Of course, it made me think of our little one. We didn't know who she was yet but we knew she was out there. Without a family. It broke my heart to think about it. In the end of the song it talks about her being with them for the next Christmas and it always brought me hope that it would happen and we would have many Christmases together as a family.

As you know, it did happen. Actually, it turned out that Anna Grace did have her first Christmas with us and we look forward to many, many more. It is so strange to listen to that song this year and look down and see that little face. It has really made me remember those aweful months of waiting. I get frustrated with her sometimes because, you know, she's a toddler and can be rather frustrating. Today, though, I felt the need to just enjoy her and appreciate the gift that she is to us. It is so amazing to think about the miracle of adoption.

Listening to that song now makes me so thankful and grateful for Anna Grace but it also makes me so very sad to think of all of the children out there who have no family. Not just at Christmas but every single day. If I had the money I would just keep filling out that paperwork and bringing them home. But, for now, I just look at that sweet little face and thank God for her every single day. And I will do everything I can to make her Christmas magical every single year.

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