If I had a dollar for every time I've said, "what a difference a year makes", I'd be rich! Last year I was still recovering from my c-section from having Ruby, we were majorly sleep deprived, Elizabeth had an undiagnosed ear infection and both girls had colds. This Advent, dispite many colds, the season has been truly meaningful, filled with anticipation, wonder and excitement. Elizabeth finally "gets" holidays, and though she still regularly says "Happy Birthday Thanksgiving!" we're definitely moving on and have many conversations about the meaning of Christmas every day. Daddy told her the Christmas story using the characters from her new Playmobil nativitiy set and she plays with it every day.
Her current favorite person in the story is Mary, who has a ponytail, so Elizabeth wants a ponytail. The shepard has a staff, so Elizabeth spends some time everyday walking around the house with a broom as her staff. She does remember an amazing amount of detail about the story though, and I'm humbled by how much she absorbs and how much we are writing on her heart already.
We picked out a beautiful chistmas tree and both both girls love seeing the lights.
Since Elizabeth's health is so stable, we are thrilled that we get to fly to California for the holidays. We'll be with ALL the Harms family for Christmas and some of the Peterson clan for New Year's so we are counting the days until we get on the plane!