Christmas eve, 2006. We arrived home after a wonderful evening of visiting families and friends. All the way home we talked about how Christmas would be different next year, and how we would concentrate on pacing ourselves. How we would focus on teaching our girls to cherish the spirit of Christmas, while de-emphasizing gift competition and gift envy.
Waiting for us was an emailed photo from R in Maryland who had just returned home with her 4 month old boy. This photo is amazing. The girls are backlit, M's hair is beautifully braided, E actually has hair growing in, M has her arm draped over E like a loving big sister, and E's eyelashes are so long they touch her eyebrows. We can't wait to meet them.