As this magical time of year has come upon us in full force, I have felt positively inspired to send out a Christmas letter. This will be the second letter I have ever sent out in the course of David and I’s 9 years of marriage. Look for another in about 5 years.
Well, what has this year brought the David and Lora Sullivan family?
For Ben. It has brought his continued existence which was no easy feat at times. He turned 2 in February and though I love him dearly, it has brought its own unique set of challenges. Ben has learned that it is in fact not okay to run around naked even though he is so proud of himself for being able to de-diaper his cute little bum all by himself. He has learned the meaning of time-out much to his chagrin and momma’s delight. He has learned to work the television and the dvd player on his own (I’m still not sure if I should be proud of this fact) but thankfully Netflix still remains a mystery of buttons to him else the mind numbing sounds of George’s Halloween Boofest would be haunting me even more than it does already… oh the horror!
All is not discouraging though. He is talking up a storm and has also learned the sheer delight that it is to sneak up on someone to give them a good fright which makes this momma’s heart melt. He also has a healthy grasp on the letter “W” and knows that if you turn an “M” upside down it too becomes a “W”!! Which is why he so often turns the hymnbook upside down during church as well as looks at some signs with his head tilted.
For me this year has been full of changes and I sometimes marvel that we have all survived. Or rather that everyone has survived me! I am expecting our second child which we received through the miracle of modern medicine. Say what you will about it, but IVF has brought both our children into our home and I’m truly grateful for the doctors and nurses who make it all possible as well as the angel that blessed us financially to be able to pursue it once again. That being said, if any of you have gone through this process… wowza! One of David’s accomplishments this year really is surviving his hormone hyped up wife and that was all just to get pregnant. I’m not sure how he handles things now, though he does spend a lot of time in his office. Hmmm.
So my accomplishments this year include: surviving injections with flying colors, not killing anyone close to me during the process, and making it out of bed every day to at least get my son dressed. Dressing myself seems to be optional these days. I have also mopped my floor at least a dozen times, dusted the entire house all at once, and I even thought really hard about planting a garden.
Now for David. The saint. I mentioned his survival of me earlier which earns him a plethora of brownie points in heaven I’m sure. He still enjoys his job and even got a raise this year, woo-hoo! It was just enough to cover the upcoming raise in our insurance rates! He survived his 3-year stint in scouts and is now enjoying his new calling as High Priest Group Secretary and I enjoy having him home more often. He is still working part time at CAPSA which he also enjoys for more than just the work. Since his regular job has him working from home his outings to CAPSA give him a chance to get out of the house which is also nice.
That pretty much sums up our lives at this point. However I would be remiss in not mentioning my love for this time of year and the reason that it is so special. I know that Christmas has been commercialized to death and that part is not my favorite. But I do love that it is a chance to show each other that you care. The chance to find the gift that will delight. The chance to share with a gift the love that we feel. I know that it is something we should do all year and some are better at it than others. But still, even if this is the only time we put someone else above ourselves I am grateful for the one time. The one time that most people around us are feeling the magic of the season just the same as we are.
May God bless you all this season and this coming year. May we all do a little better and love each other a little more.
David, Lora, and Ben