It's hard to believe that this time last year we were wishing our little girl could be with us. It was our last Christmas with just one child, and I looked forward to a time when Miles would have a sibling to share all the excitement with, as only children can share with each other. Now that is a reality, and I am so thankful. It touches my heart to watch as Hannah discovers this holiday, from picking out and decorating our tree, to hearing Miles sing in his school Christmas program, to sitting on Santa's lap. Of course, she has no idea she'll be waking up in three days to find our Christmas tree surrounded by presents for her to open. I can't wait for that morning!
I've had so much fun Christmas shopping this year! I mean, I've bought presents for my nieces before, but this is different. This is for my own daughter, something that not too long ago I thought I would never have. It was such a pleasure to pick out all the little girly things, things I know I would have loved myself as a little girl. I can't wait to see the look on Hannah's face when she opens those presents!
I put together a slideshow to express how this past year has been for us, and how much it means to us to have our daughter with us for Christmas. I hope you enjoy it, and I know many who read this can totally identify with our family. Merry Christmas to all of you and, whether by birth or adoption, your precious children.