Last Christmas I received this ornament from my sweet friend Tina, who knew how desperately I wanted Ava home with us. It was such a sweet reminder that while she could not be with us for the holidays, she was with us in our hearts, and hanging on our tree. For those adoptive mommies who are longing to have your babies home for Christmas, I know all to well how hard that can be.
This year, hanging next to that ornament is this ornament that my homeschool buddy Delahne helped the kids make for our homeschool Christmas party. I feel slightly sentimental when I see the two ornaments hanging next to each other. The little snowmen are made from Ava's fingerprints. Her wonderful, chubby little fingers, here in my house this Christmas. What a wonderful thing we have to celebrate this year.
And I just had to throw this in here as well. I have a grandmother who lives in California. She is 90 years old, has battled breast cancer, injuries from a terrible car accident, and arthritis to mention a few. Yet she still managed to make and bake this bread wreath and mail it to us for Christmas. What an amazing woman she is. I hope I will be doing the same thing for my great-grandkids when I am 90. (Don't tell Grandma, but we all picked off the red and green "candies" just as I used to do when I was a kid).