Well, Thanksgiving and Christmas were a blur. And even though the boys (all three of them) are still bouncing off the walls, things are starting to quiet back down...relatively speaking. We had an amazing Christmas and thank God for the many blessings which were bestowed upon us. And the neat thing was, we stayed focused on the real reason for the season...the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Now, it's 2009, and we wanted to take a moment to reflect on a few of the things that stick out in our minds from 2008...pardon the random rambling, but it's what we do best. Brandon turned one and Trevor turned six (and a first-grader to boot)...Marcie turned 30 and Kevin hit 40...yikes...and our marriage turned eight. No more trips to Vanderbilt Pediatric Gastro Dr...yay. We discovered the City Museum in St. Louis...and Kev barely survived it. Saw our beloved StL Cardinals lose up close and personal...twice. Marcie went back to shool...no not like that...she became a preschool teacher for two-year olds. Came to the conclusion that Brandon may never get his hair cut again. Mourned and celebrated Grandmommie's going home. Saw Disney through the eyes of a six year old (highly recommended). Watched Trevor learn to ride a bike without training wheels. Watched Brandon's personality blossom. Discovered that Wii injuries are real (see age discussion above). Followed God's path and began the process of adopting our little girl from China...now that's a pretty big one. All in all, it was a great year...and while much more happened, these were a few of the things that stuck out.
As I posted earlier in November, we went to Nashville to get fingerprinted as a part of our Department of Homeland Security USCIS approval. It went well and there haven't been any agents knocking on our door since...so we must have passed. :) Once that application is approved, maybe in February, our Dossier should be ready to send to China...and then we wait. Months or years, we are not real sure...but as we know...God's timing is always perfect. We continue to pray for our little girl's birth families and their individual situations and know that He has his arms wrapped around the entire process. He is a good and loving God and to Him goes all the Glory!
Happy New Year to each of you and your families.