Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas Traditions

Hannah Grace, cousin Isabella, and Noah
at my mom's for Thanksgiving.

I am so sorry for taking so long to post. We have been so busy lately..traveling home for Thanksgiving.. Carlton' s big 3-0 birthday, getting ready for Christmas. I talked Carlton into being Clark Griswald for the day, and he hung icicle lights for us outside (for the first time!). The kids ooh and ahh every night when we turn them on. Such little things can bring such great joy to children.

As many of you know, I am a big fan of family traditions. Sophie's little life has taught us so much about how valuable and precious our time is together and we have made our family traditions even more special this year. A special friend gave us a box of ornaments that are numbered 1-25. Each ornament has a verse written on it and a devotion to go with it. So, beginning tonight (Dec. 1), we will sit around the table and Carlton is going to do a family devotion. We will sip homemade hot chocolate and after our "mini-sermon" (is that possible with Carlton?? :) , we will hang the ornament on the tree. Sometimes, I will surprise the kids with small gifts to be opened. I am excited about this new tradition in our family.

Another change we have made is we have decided to slow down with our traveling and be at home on Christmas morning. My mom has moved her Christmas party to Christmas night and Carlton's family will celebrate on the 28th this year. I couldn't be more excited about being at home on Christmas morning! Hannah Grace and I are going to cook a big meal with everyone's favorite on Christmas Eve. She has really gotten in to American Girl books, so we might even whip up some recipes that are from the early 1900's. I look forward to this Christmas season. Jesus is ever so sweet this year!

Please pray for Carlton and I on Thursday. We have decided to return to UAB for another Level II sonogram and to talk to a genetic counselor. The last time we were at UAB, we were so stunned and shocked, we were unable to ask any questions. We already know that Sophie's diagnosis is not hereditary. The amnio confirmed this. According to medical science, this is a "fluke." Something that is not supposed to happen, a 1:12,000 chance. Of course, we know that this was all part of God's amazing plan for our life. I know this, and knowing God allowed this to happen, has made this process so much easier. Who better to be in control, but the God of the universe! BUT, at this point I just want to know the details of how this all happened medically. You know, from the very beginning, give me exactly what happened. Its just where I am in this process, I need to know medical facts. Dr. Daniel was supportive and immediately scheduled an appointment for me. I know this is going to be hard. I know I will have a bad day. I know this. But, its something I need to do. So, please, I am asking you to pray that I will be a reflection of God's glory and he will sustain me through our visit. We will be seeing a different genetic specialist this time. Thanks so much, and I will post again later next week after our sonogram.

"For if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. " Romans 14:8

Please continue to pray that our adoption process will continue to go smoothly. Our homestudy is currently with DHR.


The Ferrill's said...

I confess, I've been checking your blog everyday for an update! Yall have been on my heart and in my prayers, Aimee. I will especially be praying for your next doctor visit. I know this Christmas is very special as you reflect on how much the Lord has worked in little Sophie and Lily's lives. I have never seen the proclamation ornaments, they look really neat. We do a family advent around the table every night from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and it is my favorite! There is nothing like looking at my family by candlelight and being in awe at what God has done!

The Ferrill's said...

P.S. You will love beginning your own family traditions on Christmas morning. We began staying at home on Christmas day years ago, and I treasure that day! We also have our own Christmas Eve traditions with a single friend of ours, and that too is a very special night for us!
I love this time of year, can you tell? :)

Jeff and Sonya Hodge said...

Those proclamation ornaments look awesome!
We will keep you in our prayers Thursday!