Friday, December 25, 2009

The Weary World Rejoices...

I am straight-up in love with the past two days.

We've been living in our jammies.

And I'm completely infatuated with my kitchen.

I already had an inkling, but now I know for sure.

Next time I feel blue, bundle me up in my robe, toss me into the kitchen and throw away the key.

I will surely emerge feeling brand new.

And my little family? Well, it's the best one ever.

I'm not trying to hurt your feelings. I'm sure yours is alright, too. Some things like this are just indisputable.

The kids are now robed.

Some mamas indoctrinate their young on fashion statements such as skinny jeans. Around here, it's all about the indoor fleece over-garment.

Comfort is the new Cool.

We learned this year (again) that less is more.

And I'm not left with that sinking "Christmas is over" feeling.

We set out to spend time together, to share the anticipation and joy of the season with our little people, to give beyond ourselves, to remember the Reason. And we're left feeling satisfied.

This year, for Christmas, I got knee socks and a surprise Snuggie. It was fun to have a couple of surprises - it always is.

But my heart has been more fixed on things that don't come in a box, and I'm so glad.

I'm thinking of our little guy across the ocean and hoping he's being spoiled a little and wondering if his Foster family loves Jesus and praying that they do. I'm hoping his first Christmas is a good one.

Next year, we'll be a family of Five.

It's hard to imagine having one more thing to be so thankful for, but I think I'll figure it out.

Merry Christmas, friends. If you're on EST, you have 2 more hours to soak it in. Make them count!


  1. sounds like the best christmas ever!! can i have some of your kitchen?? mine is sooooo tiny, but christmas baking makes it feel better in there :)) anyhow, i hope your new little one had a blessed day as well!! im can't imagine your anticipation!! merry christmas!!

  2. what a beautiful post! and great pics too!

  3. I LOVE your family, and your blog! I have friends teach in Korea. I am praying for your new little one that soon you will be able to wrap your arms around him.
    God bless your sweet family!

  4. Love it all! Love you! Love your family! Love your attitude! Love that I can call you my friend. I'm happy your Christmas was all that you wanted it to be.

  5. What a perfect Christmas for you and your family. In your very own words...swoon.

  6. Just found your blog -- love it! Love your home!

  7. Beautiful post! Your thoughts of your new addition brought a tear to my eye! God Bless you and your family!!

  8. Merry Day After my friend. Beautiful Pictures and wonderfully said.

  9. I just found you blog tonight and now I'm following. Love it! We have two children through the miracle of adoption too :)

    God Bless.

  10. What beautiful photos and a post...I'm so glad all was a delight...nothing better than that!

  11. OhmygoodnessShannan, you are my 1st read this morning and you are totally trying to make me cry aren't you? Perfect post in every way...every way, thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos and words...blessings, Tara

  12. I am new to your blog but have quickly been sucked in by the darling love you have for your sweet family. The children are beautiful. Your priorities are right. Keep on keeping on.

  13. That photo of the kiddos holding hands looks like it's from Pottery Barn kids or something.

  14. Hi there...I just found your blog and wanted to let you know that I am in love!!!
    I love your photos and there is NOTHING cuter than kids in jammies!
    For 4 days now I have had a craving for cinnamon rolls....seeing your photos I think I gonna have to bite the bullet and make some. I am also happiest in my kitchen.
    Have a wonderfully blessed year.