Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas 2011

So I wrote this entire post and then realized I had titled it "Christmas 2010" . . .oops, I guess I'm a little stuck in the past! I'm going to be a mess when it changes to 2012 in a few days. Side note: how did 2011 go by so fast? Crazy.

This may have been our most fun Christmas ever. Ok scratch that, it most definitely was. Having a three year old and a sweet-miracle-baby at home made thing even more special than ever. We absolutely loved putting out "santa" presents and Adam was excited that Santa brought Caden a baby bullet. Even though Caden cant eat baby food yet . . . one day he will enjoy his gift.

I will also say, however, that this year's Christmas was straight-exhausting. Seriously. Adam and I got home after 3 Christmas celebrations (one at home, one at my parents, and one at his parents) and crashed. We may have been in bed before nine. Cause we're cool like that. Next year we're going to have to figure out something less exhausting. Especially because both kiddos were somewhat melting down at the end as a result of all the festivities.

 After hurrying around and opening gifts and celebrating lots of family time family (which is wonderful and fun and important . . . ), it's nice to be reminded of the real reason we celebrate. . . I cannot express what a joyful and beautiful time this Christmas Eve campfire was, and I loved hearing Dedric recite the Christmas story from Luke. It was like our very own Charlie Brown Christmas moment.


  1. Caden looks so big & SO much like Jayci! Glad y'all had a great Christmas!

  2. I am glad your Christmas was blessed. The kids had me up until 2;00 am last night. I am EXHAUSTED. And very old. : )

  3. You have a PRECIOUS family, a beautiful ministry, and gorgeous photos! I'm so glad I found you! :)

    Looks like a fabulous Christmas! Isn't it FUN when they finally 'get it'?!

    I'll be following along now! Yay!

  4. I am most impressed that he had the entire verse memorized. The sirens in the background made it even a little more poignant. It seems the Stanley family is changing "the hood" one child's heart at a time. You all are amazing!
    Kris Russell


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