Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Joy to our world

It is hard to believe at this time last year Vivian was spending the majority of her days in a crib in a cold orphanage in China.  No Christmas joy in her life.

We were waiting for her and feeling her absence in our lives.

This year we are all together and I don't think any of us could have imagined the joy she would bring into our world.

I am so excited to watch her experience her first Christmas. 

I have to share these few "out-takes" from the day we tried to take our Christmas card picture. They make me smile so big.  We had a hard time getting a good picture and the main problem that day was Vivian!!  When she first came home we could hardly get her to smile, so seeing these pictures of her being wild and fun and crazy is awesome.  The big kids get such a kick out of her.

"joyful, joyful we adore thee"

Feeling incredibly lucky this Christmas for all that we have been given.

"the wonders of His love"


  1. lol, she is a hoot!! I love how the big kids think she is so funny!!

  2. I love the second picture down; great capture of all their joy!

  3. What joy and beauty in all of them!!