December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

If you have been eagerly anticipating a Christmas greeting from us...wait no more. I decided that I would send out cards after Sally's cast came off. It would be a great way to show her post-cast and give me a little more time before undertaking the huge mailing. History dictates that I'm lying to myself and the rest of you. Lets not kid ourselves into thinking I will make time to collate and mail cards next month. So prepare yourselves...this is our Christmas greeting.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We hope that you read this after a wonderful day spent with family and friends. We have been blessed beyond belief in the past year. God has answered our prayers in ways we never would have imagined. It has been awe inspiring for me to remember what I was hoping for last year. Anticipating the arrival of two more children and wondering what our family would be like once we became seven. From the outside it would seem that our lives have unravelled in the past six months, but don't be fooled. What seems like turmoil is nothing when we have the understanding that God is working in our lives to make us stronger. Perhaps we can help others through our adversity. Please revisit our Christmas greeting from last year to get a better understanding of having real hope.

Here's the best we could do as far as a Christmas photo. This was an impromptu picture taken on our way to church. I think they did pretty well, considering there are five kids (one of them a squirmy toddler) and an impossible number of things that could happen to ruin a picture.

7 comments:

E said...

Merry Christmas! How cute! I'd love to get one this good of my TWO. Not going to happen. Resigning myself to it is the only way to go at this point. ;)

Have a Happy Christmas and great start to the New Year!!!

Jen said...

Nice picture! You have the coolest family!

Penny Smith said...

Merry Christmas!!
I know I will likely never get to meet you in person now... we only have something an adoption ago in common... but I still hope our paths cross someday! And I pray for your family still... and I am fortunate to know you , and to be blessed by your lives, even if it has to be long distance. :)

All the healthy and blessings you can stand this coming year!!!

small world said...

Apryl,
Beautiful pic of the kids. Your family is so precious.
Love, Theresa

small world said...

Apryl,
Just so you know...that one Christmas pic that was good came after about twenty that were bad and still all my kids can't be seen! What a crack up!
Love, T

Anonymous said...

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My husband and I are wanting to adopt internationally and have just found out about Dove.

Have enjoyed your blog very much and look forward to hearing from you if you have time. (Of coarse you have very little time, but if you wouldn't mind contacting me, I would appreciate it.) :)

Thank you,
Sarah
karahn7@gmail.com

Apryl said...

Okay Penny, way to be discouraged. It's only been 4 years, I'm SURE we'll get together at some point :)

Happy New Years! Love, apryl