It is the day after Christmas, and I love the calmness of this morning....I can't sleep for too long anymore thanks to my active bun in the oven...but I don't mind at all. I have always loved my morning times when Jason is sleeping and I have some time for myself to read, pray and journal. :) Well, Christmas was wonderful...I don't know how we did it, but we had 10 (we were originally planning for eight and weren't sure how that was going to work in our place) people and 3 little dogs at our home. It actually got to the point where people showed up that we weren't expecting, and we didn't have enough chairs or cups...thank goodness my Grandma was on her way and was able to turn back and grab what we needed! :)I loved cooking a ham dinner with all the fixins' and was blessed with the amazing help of my awesome sister-in-law. It was special for me because I had my side and Jason's side of the family over and was able to celebrate with the people I love. (We missed you though mom and dad in Portugal!!)I was pretty tired by the end of the day, and I realized that my legs were swollen from standing most the day, but it was all worth it, and I am so glad we were able to have everyone over.
I also have a joy in my heart this morning because I have been not only thinking about how close we are getting to meeting our little Ryan, but because of the great news of life that we have heard lately. It is definitely the season of love...we have had about 5 of our friends get engaged within the past two weeks, and we are so excited about the joining of lives that God is doing. We were also engaged around this time on December 18, 2006, so it is fun to remember the excitement of that time, and all that God has done for us since then. Also, last night we found out that our friends who were in ministry with us last year are pregnant, expecting in August, and when I got on facebook this morning, one of my dear friends from High School posted that she gave birth to a baby girl! Hearing about the new life that God brings never gets old!! In the past few months, one of my best friends, Sara, found out she is pregnant with her second, my other super close friend, found out that she is pregnant with her second, and I have had some other friends tell the news as well. The journey of life is so exciting, and I love this season that I'm in right now. I love how God brings love, we share love with others, find the person we desire to love for ever, and that love produces new life....so cool! I can't get over it...Praise be to Jesus for what He is doing.