When I’m overwhelmed at this time of year I gravitate to the nativity scenes I’ve put up in my home, often stopping to contemplate them at the end of a long day when the lights are low and instrumental Christmas music is playing softly in the background.
Each of them is very different but this is the one I’m most drawn to.
The manger itself was designed and built by my Uncle Lou, which makes it really special and I love the simplicity of the Willow Tree figurines, each of them infused with calm and reverence, all of them focused on the baby.
All is serene.
Our family had a beginning this week….the ultimate beginning….a new life!
She was breech, born by C-section, and inhaled some amniotic fluid, so like both of her brothers, has spent the first days of her life hooked up to tubes in a NICU. Thankfully she’s improving rapidly and already pulling those tubes out so we’re pretty sure she’ll be in her mother’s arms soon.
Her brothers aren’t old enough to visit her in the NICU so they’re waiting patiently at home for their first introduction and they’re very excited. Well, the older one is, the little guy is pretty clueless about how his world is about to change!
And what better day to be born into this world than January 8th? Our little Princess, the first girl to be born into both sides of her immediate family since her mother was born almost 28 years ago, shares her birthday with The King!
When I first saw you with your smile so tender,
my heart was captured, my soul surrendered.
“It’s Now or Never”
Details….this week’s P52 Photo Challenge
These were the details of my life on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
A phone call at 5:01 a.m. that woke me out of a sound sleep.
384 miles in the car in just over 6 hours with 3 pit stops.
2 hours later, 100% effaced and 10 centimeters dilated.
3 pushes and a birth at 5:21 p.m.
5 weeks early.
6 lbs. 3 ozs.
18 inches long.
Xander is born…our second grandson!
Sometimes life is all about the details.