Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Past and Christmas Future ..... (also titled: It's a.....!!!)

The very first Christmas card we ever sent as a married couple featured a picture of Santa Claus covered in some unknown, brown, spotty substance. The inside of the card said something about remembering to add more fiber to the reindeer's diet next year. yeah. Guess who picked out that card, had to have it, LOVED it? And, well, being the diplomatic wife that I am (was?) I agreed. However, since that year (or maybe BECAUSE of that year), I have taken full charge of selecting and sending the holiday greetings! As the years continue, I find such joy looking back at the photos sent to say "Merry Christmas". Four short holiday seasons captured on film.

Yesterday we had the ultrasound. IT'S A BOY! How happy we ALL are. I just keep staring and staring at the photos of Christmas past and can't help but imagine what 2009's card will look like...a welcome addition of bouncing, excited boy, similar in age to the little guy in the first photo.
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My first pregnancy was so new and exciting. And maybe that, coupled with the fact that I was busy, busy teaching, made it seem to fly by. My second pregnancy was tiring. Mostly because I had an 11 month old and was busy, busy with a church calling. This pregnancy is different. Although home life is fast paced, outside demands are slower. I find myself really THINKING about the miracle of being pregnant. I am cherishing this time a little more. And always in the back of my mind I wonder just how many more times I will experience this wonder that is pregnancy. David and I have never had "a number" in mind. It is always up for reevaluation after each babe! :) So here we are, surrounded by the number 4. Fourth Christmas with children. Four people in our little family, looking forward to the new one in only four short months.

20 comments:

the boyd family said...

yeah, congrats on a baby boy! that's so wonderful!!! what a neat surprise for Christmas! i love the collection of Christmas cards over the years, they all are gorgeous!

(to answer your question, 7 times... it's sad, it's pathetic i know, i don't deny it, but i just always had someone else who wanted to go so i just kept on going)

Bailey Family said...

A BOY! I am very excited. You could probably tell by my response on the phone but I am cannot wait to meet this new little painter Boy! #3...I am very excited for you and David. What a blessing and treasure children are. I love you!

Stacy F said...

I love all the cards from past to present. Such a beautiful family, and congratulations on the new little boy!

Lora said...

HORRAY! That is so great! The nice thing about having one of each is there's no pressure! Congrats!! I love the photos VERY CUTE

Missy said...

I had chills reading this whole post. I'm SO excited for you guys to have another boy. Can't wait to see how cute he is and SEE him next Christmas card.

Kellie said...

Yay for boys! Girls are great too, don't get me wrong - but there's something about brothers. (Obviously, I have a very limited/biased opinion with two boys and no girls :) Congratulatons! I can see how once you have kids who are a little older, pregnancy takes on a whole new facet of everything to look forward to. Way to go, Mama.

~The Stevens Family~ said...

Yay!! I love all those pictures, its so fun to see how Zach and Lily have grown!!! You look beautiful and stylish, as always!

Zach 'n' Jack said...

WOW, what cuties your kids were when they were smaller (before we met anyway). And on that note, I can't believe how much older Zach and Lily look between this year and last year's pics! Happy boy baby!! How fun! But....I still have yet to see a shot of your adorable belly...Merry Christmas!

Zach 'n' Jack said...

lol...by the way, i just noticed that Dave is wearing almost the exact same thing in every picture :-) button down shirt and v-neck sweater. Hey, if it works, don't mess with it!

dixonfamily said...

Love all the pictures of your beautiful family!! Congrats on another little boy!! I am so glad that you are enjoying the wonder of this pregnancy. What a blessing to bring another person into the world! Four more months and there will be another Painter in the world! I am so excited for you guys. Merry Christmas!

Jill Revell said...

Congrats! That will be so fun to have another little boy. All of your pictures are so cute!

K2 said...

That is so great! Congrats on adding another boy to the family. You are such a great mom and David a great dad. I hope I get to see you guys sometime soon! Love you!

Christy said...

hooray, a boy!!! that is SOOO exciting, i bet zach and lily are very pleased, because isn't that what they were SURE it was going to be? also, it was so fun to see all those pictures of your little family growing up! especially zach and lily as babies, so cute!!

hope you guys have a merry christmas!

Lisa said...

Yeah! A boy! I love ultrasounds and I love finding out what people are having. It makes it seem so much more "real". Congrats!

Isaura said...

Tara, what exciting news!! Congrats. Little boys are so fun. i got major baby boy fever spending the week with my nephew this last week. They're so cuddly and love their mommas and anyone else who looks like their mom. :) I agree with you that pregnancy is a miraculous thing. Many blessings this year to you and your little family.

Whit said...

Oh how fun...it seems like there's an abundance in boys lately! Don't you just love baby boys though? Congrats that's so exciting! Hope you're enjoying home as much as I am :) I got a good laugh at your story about your mom introducing Dave...that rings a bell, hehe. :) Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful day!

kat and jason said...

hooray!!!! i'm excited for you!! another boy--zach will love it-and boy, lily will be taken care of!! she'll have 2 bros looking out for her.....so excited for you. enjoy christmas

shakenbake said...

Yeah! Congrats! Now you have to have at least one more to try to balance out the group!

Haney family said...

Congratulations!!! On both the baby boy and awesome family pictures. Seriously you guys need to sell your pictures to frame companies! Your beautiful!!!

Rapp Family said...

Yeah!! How perfect! I love the boy-girl-boy spread that we have, and I'm sure you'll feel the same way. What a lucky little boy to come to your family. I feel the same way about pregnancy. I really tried to enjoy this last one because I know there won't be a lot more. What a miracle!
P.S. I loved your Christmas card! Thanks for sending it.