Sunday, January 6, 2013

Christmas 2012 in Review

This Christmas was one for the record books.  First of all, it was the first one for Emma to be out of the hospital!  That in and of itself was special.  We did our best to begin family traditions for just the three of us.  We picked out a "real" Christmas tree together, went on a carriage ride to look at lights, decorated our upstairs "family ornament" tree, opened pjs, ordered in pizza, watched a Christmas movie, and read a Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve, and spent Christmas morning opening gifts and being together and later that day "Friendsmas" with our neighbors eating many mini meals, watching movies, and enjoying the White Christmas.

The weekend before Christmas we went to Oklahoma for a whirlwind of family celebrations.  I got to hostess at Citizen's Bank for the first time in two years.  It was great to see everyone and visit with many familiar faces.  Emma got to meet Santa Clause and did so great!  We had "Christmas Eve" with my side of the family on Friday night.  It was great relaxing, eating appetizer-like foods, doing our traditional "Night Before Christmas" reenactment, and opening gifts.  We spent "Christmas Day" with Scott's side of  family.  It was nice all being together, opening gifts, relaxing, and relishing in the fact that none of us were hospitalized.  We spent Sunday afternoon at the Gerth's: eating, visiting, and catching up.  It was a great weekend and felt NORMAL!

Enjoy the Christmas 2012 Slideshow Video!



  1. Emma is such a precious gift from God! She has taught our family so much about God's love, the power of prayer, the need for perseverance, and the blessings to be found in each Today. May God continue to walk with her every step of the way, may her Joy spread to each of her thousands of Prayer Warriors, and may 2013 be her best year yet!
    Love always and forever from Nana Jana

  2. What a blessed Christmas! So glad you shared and so thankful Emma is doing so well!

  3. Thank you for sharing your Christmas with all of us. Such a special time for you all. We wish you a wonderful new year.The Abners

  4. Wow! What a wonderful Christmas season you all had. Such great memories with family and friends. What a blessing sweet Emma is home this year!

    We follow the blog and enjoy hearing the updates.
    Praying for continued progress.
    John & Elise Donaldson
    Melody, Olivia, Karis

  5. I love Emma's smile. She continues to be in my prayers.

    Gob Bless
    Stacy Ehrsam