Saturday, December 26, 2009

four going on five

MM: We passed on our typical Louisiana road trip due to Ginny's current state of 34-weeks ripe. It turned out well, as we were able to enjoy some great family fun, as well as Fayetteville's first white Christmas in quite some time (3-4 inches). Ginny is doing well, and feeling very...pregnant. Bedrest has pretty much dissipated back to normal life. We have an appointment Monday, and baby & mom are doing great by all indicators- going on strict bedrest at 19 weeks, and now having arrived at 34 weeks is something we are celebrating this season. This "little" one is on track to beat out its big brother & sister in the birth weight department.

Hazel did not quite grasp Christmas yet, but it was really fun to see her running around- excited about something- because mom & dad's inflection let her know she should be. With some help, she managed to open each package and explore the contents with unmatched curiosity. Four stockings watched over it all- perched atop the fireplace. It will be five when Christmas comes around again. And it is this fact that calls me back from all the trappings of a typical holiday season. God put on flesh and came as a baby, overcoming death and offering hope in place of my ache for an empty stocking.

It is our hope that you have a meaningful holiday season.
Our Christmas card said it all as we approach the New Year...

"This year we remember the One sent to earth as a child...as we ourselves:
remember one.
enjoy one.
anticipate one."

7 comments:

Tracy Family said...

I love love love your last quote. I had to put it on my family's blog, I hope that's ok. It couldn't describe better how we feel too. Thank you, Merry Christmas! Your wife and I are exactly the same week along too :)Blessings :)

Joy said...

Merry Christmas sweet Mooneys. Love you guys.

Chris, Laura, Kristin, Moses and Austin said...

Hi! I live in Siloam Springs and have been following your family since Eliot's birth. My family goes to church at Harvard Avenue in Siloam and I just realized today that Ron Mooney is related to you...I was reading the list of who had bought poinsettias and who they were in memory/honor of. When I saw that they had purchased one in memory of Eliot and in honor of Hazel, it all clicked!!! What a small world we live in!

christina said...

a smile in the midst of pain. thank you for that. love you guys.

22 weeks and counting..with you.

Erin From NY said...

Beautiful quote at the end. So true. Merry Christmas Mooneys, att 5 of you :O)

Mercedes from Philadelphia said...

I understand loss all too well but your family is inspiring,take care & god Bless. I hope your holidays are full of joy.

Lori at The Davidson Den said...

Beautiful. Just beautiful.