Friday, December 24, 2010

Crescendo

Christmas is merry with this guy under our roof for the very first time.

He shook this family up, elbowed his way in, and I kiss that baby neck so many times a day and it always smells so sweet. How did I ever live without those eyes?


Christmas is merry with my big-boy-growing-bigger. He is officially two teeth down and it hurts my heart just a tiny pinch. He is claiming courage that we never knew he had and he told me at least five times tonight how much he loved my soup. How did I ever live without those eyes?


Christmas is merry with my girl who went on a date with me today to Panera Bread and Aldi. She stood on the front-end of the cart like I used to do when I was her age. She hung on for dear life. We sang Vacation Bible School songs in the dairy aisle and she called me "Her special love Mommy." How did I ever live without those eyes?

We are in from Christmas Eve service where my eyes filled twice. It is official - God has melted me this past year. There are no two ways about it - I am the girl who cries now over the smell of hay that conjures up a stable full of livestock and Glory. I'm the girl who cries over a word choice so inspired that it remains unchanged after all of these years. I'm that girl. The crier.

Our gifts are opened and now we prepare for the reason we came in the first place. My heart feels ripe.

In a few minutes, I will sit at the coffee table with the man with the beautiful blue eyes (I never really did live without those eyes) and slice up fruit and stir together casseroles while we watch some vintage Ally McBeal.

Then tomorrow, we will celebrate.

26 comments:

  1. Shannan - love you and love this post! Merry Christmas, my new friend who I'm so thankful to know! :)

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  2. Shannan, you stir me up with every post. Those three pairs of eyes are beauty full.
    p.s. I'm a crier too.

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  3. ~*~*Merry Christmas!!~*~*Hugs,Rachel

    *French Farmhouse 425*

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  4. Merry Christmas. The "eyes" have it! Beautiful post. Enjoy the birthday party celebration! Blessings to you in 2011!!

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  5. Ahhhh those eyes are something, that's for sure. They make me smile every time. Merry Christmas to you all!!! God bless!

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  6. Have a wonderful day enjoying the blessing of your special family!
    Tracey

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  7. you are so dear to me.

    promise you'll party up His coming in your neck o' the woods, and we shall hold down our end with gusto.

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  8. Amen. And Merry Christmas. I'm a crier too!

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  9. Beautiful! I call my babes my little heads and I often wonder the same thing. What on earth was I living before, before them?

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  10. Nádherné...Krásné Vánoce...

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  11. I hope you are having a very special day girlie! Love ya, Becks

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  12. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I look forward to more of your wonderful writing in 2011!

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  13. Merry Christmas Shannan! I hope it was a good one for you and yours.

    Blessings,
    Sasha

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  14. Kill.
    Me.
    Now.
    How can you survive those faces every single day? I would be melted into a puddle with all that cuteness.
    I'd give them whatever they want. They'd run the show. People that adorable deserve to rule the world.
    Enjoy the rest of your wonderful Christmas with your wonderful Flower Patch Family, Farmgirl.
    Hugs and kisses,
    T

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  15. So glad that you are surrounded by all those beauties this Christmas, Shannon. Hope you all enjoyed this special time of year together!

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  16. Stinkin' cute kids. Thanks for sharing them and their stories. I have a feeling our girls would get along like two peas in a pod and could cause a LOT of mischief together. I'm all teary too. The Christmas service with sweet little kids all dressed up and singing makes me bawl. I complain about the work and then I melt on this special day of grace. Truly full of miracles.
    Merry Christmas to your family!
    Leslie

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  17. Merry Christmas. You have such a gorgeous family and love your faith in the lord. The last photo melts me - the facial expression, the apron, you name it.

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  18. Ally McBeal...that makes sense. : ) Have you seen the new "True Grit?" Saw it last night...it made me happy.

    Merry Christmas, beautiful family!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  19. Love all three of those pairs of eyes. Merry Christmas, Shannan!

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  20. I am a crier too...there is so much to be thankful for! Your little sets of God-eyes are beautiful treasures...blessings to you all today and every day!

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  21. Hope those beautiful eyes had a beautiful Christmas! Oh, and you too. :)

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  22. LOVE this post! It couldn't be any sweeter! Don't worry you aren't alone! I think I've cried every day this week - it's a Mom thing :) I feel like you - I couldn't live with out the sweet eyes in my life - how did we think life was great before those eyes?!?

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