it’s {embrace} the camera day!

as i get 
more and more
excited about the beginning of this advent season, the
more and more
my mind goes.
goes to last Christmas season. 

last year, we were on track to have a wonderful couple of weeks
preparing our minds and our hearts
for Christ’s birth into the world. 

and then,
we were thrown into one of the most horrible
experiences we have ever experienced. 
in no time, B and i found ourselves 
handing the bigs off to my parents 
(yet again),
sleeping at the hospital 
(yet again)
and not knowing when we would be back 
(yet again). 

everything about this season takes me back.
our advent wreath
(which we didn’t get to finish lighting last year),
putting up Christmas decorations
(which we didn’t get to enjoy),
baking sugar cookies
(which we didn’t get to eat),
driving around looking at Christmas lights
(which we didn’t get to do),
sending out Christmas cards 
(which i did while at L’s bedside in the PICU),
our Christmas eve service at church
(which we missed),
and putting the kids to bed on Christmas eve
(which we didn’t get to do).

as i can’t help but think about last year,
the fear begins to slowly seep in
until it has gripped me and has total control over me.
then, the joy is completely lost. 

“Do not be afraid… your prayer has been heard.”
Luke 1:13

but everything about the anticipation of this season 
also takes me back to the comfort and faithfulness of God.

although we didn’t experience
a typical Christmas morning at home,
we felt God’s comfort and experienced His faithfulness
the entire time L was in the hospital.
and even more so when he was released.

which did happen.
much earlier than doctors expected.

that’s right, bright and early on Christmas morning, 
B, L and i got to come home.
and boy was that joyful.

i am savoring every moment i can this Christmas season. 

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…”
Joel 2:25

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516. being with all of my babies
517. lighting the advent wreath
518. putting up Christmas decorations
519. baking sugar cookies
520. God’s faithfulness

21 Responses to this season last season.

  1. Amber says:

    Sweet pictures. I am glad that L is doing better this Christmas season. Enjoy your bambinos. ;o)

  2. my name is carey! says:

    Wonderful post. Praying for your advent season. With Joy, Carey

  3. Mrs. S says:

    Love your family photo! Precious!

  4. Wendy says:

    Great pics! I pray you are able to slow down, enjoy and savor EVERY moment 🙂 And I have to admit… I'm looking forward to that headband tutorial ☺

  5. 2littlehooligans says:

    What a beautiful post! My eyes are FILLED with tears! May you be blessed with the most wonderful Christmas this year!

  6. Mommy Girl says:

    Our God is Redeemer. Joel is right – He will give back! So get ready for the best Christmas ever!!! xoxoxo R

  7. Jackie says:

    OH sooo excited for the DIY's. 🙂 Adorable! And I'm so sorry about the fear. I'll pray for protection for your mind, that the arrows of fear will just drop away and you'll find His perfect peace.

  8. Fawn Teresi says:

    Praying for your holiday season this year. What a beautiful family you have 🙂

  9. Kristin says:

    I have a feeling this will be the most beautiful holiday season for you! Enjoy!!!

  10. Super Lily says:

    Congrats on the nomination! How awesome is that? Love the pictures…you really captured some sweet smiles. 🙂

  11. rebecca says:

    love the photos! 🙂

  12. Mom's the Word says:

    Your posts always get me. Beautiful.

  13. Hannah B says:

    Love it!

  14. Jenna Lewis Cox says:

    SUPER cute lil munchkins here! So glad to have found your cute blog from Embrace the Camera!

  15. xo katrina says:

    wishing you and your beautiful kids a very blessed christmas season! 🙂 i'll be on the lookout for your DIY posts!!!

  16. Jennifer says:

    LOVE the photos!! May this year bring you the peace that you so wanted last year!

  17. My Love is..... says:

    Gorgeous pix!!

  18. Sarah Jane says:

    Thank you for your comment. You have a beautiful family and I hope little L is doing well. Have a very merry and blessed Christmas this year.


  19. lhassler says:

    Beautiful. As always. You are utterly amazing. How do you find the time to do such things?

  20. Grant & Jill says:

    Okay, now i'm crying. 🙂 What a year! xo

  21. Allison says: