Mary // Christmas

6:02 PM

Christmas this year was extra special. Not only because of our (homemade!) matching Christmas pajama pants, or because the Iowa weather has been uncharacteristically warm (50 degrees!), but because we got to share it with our very own BabyGirl. Obviously Lyds will remember nothing of this Christmas and I'm sure future Christmases will be even more magical with a child who understands what's going on, but there was something distinctly different about this Christmas than Christmases of the past.

It's really not a secret that if it had been up to me, we would have waited a bit longer to start our family. I was planning on teaching at least one more year before having a baby and becoming a stay-at-home mom, but the Lord had different plans for us, and even just 7 weeks into this new life-adventure, it is so easy to see that the Lord always knows best. I've always known that I wanted to have children someday, but I've mentioned before that I'm not particularly drawn to babies and I honestly didn't believe that caring for something incapable of actually doing anything could be so amazingly fulfilling. But, as it turns out . . . I was wrong! Taking care of Lydia has been so much more rewarding than I ever thought, and it seems like everyday she does something to top the cutest thing from the day before.

This Christmas season I've felt a particular connection with Mary, the mother of Jesus. If there's anyone who knows about having a child in a timeframe that was not quite what they'd pictured-- it was definitely her! And, if someone can relate to feelings of inadequacy in being a new parent, I'm willing to bet she might have a thing or two to say about that as well ;). When I think of Mary, I think of her similarly to the way she was portrayed in The Nativity Story movie that came out in 2006. Although the movie takes its fair share of creative license, I really like it -particularly the way Mary and Joseph's relationship is depicted. 

And so, with Mary on my mind, I was delighted when Stephen and I were asked to play Joseph and Mary in the annual Nativity reenactment on Christmas Day.

I have a few more Christmas-related posts in the works, but in the meantime: Merry (Belated) Christmas! 
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  1. Love the picture of Stephen holding Lydia in front of the Christmas tree!