"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them close to his heart, and shall gently lead those that are with young." Isaiah 40:11

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Seven Months Old!

Dear Rachel,

Seven months ago, you came into this world.  That same day - your casket arrived from the U.S.  But we didn't need it yet and we had to have it stored at the funeral home.  Here you are alive and so very loved by so many people. 

Yesterday was a busy day for your mommy - she finally manged to unpack the bags from our stay at the Flames House and wrestled the house into some semblence of order....You wanted to eat every hour or more - maybe you were missing mommy's attention a little more today too.  You wanted to be held alot and you barely slept at all.  We almost got to see your Auntie Jenn and Uncle Paul this afternoon - they were on their way to Winnipeg (stuck at Heathrow airport for several days) but their plane was late and there wasn't time between that flight and the connecting one. I'm sure they would have loved to see you if they could.   

In the evening, we went to a fabulous Christmas party at the Flames House.  You got passed around to all the staff.  Mommy would have had to fight to get you back:)  And I was happy to let them hold you - you were a little angel - smiling at everyone and finally, you fell asleep in someone's arms - perfectly content.  There were lots of volunteers we have come to know and love - to do crafts with the kids, yummy food, and Joe, one of the chefs made an amazing gingerbread train (each family decorated a car to take home later).  I think your brother and sister loved the balloons the best though - and we took home a big handful.

I am so very thankful that God has given us all these days with you - and for the gift of celebrating Christmas and your seventh month birthday with you! I love you so much it hurts.

hugs and kisses, mommy


JoLynne said...

I can't believe Rachel is 7 months old already. Rachel and the rest of your family are definately loved and in my prayers. Merry christmas!

Anonymous said...

I love the photo of her sleeping. I can't believe Rachel is 7 months old already! It sounds like she had a very happy party... I'm so glad you guys have found such a great network of people to carry you through the holidays. And especially people who understand what it is you're going through, and how it feels at a time like Christmas. Love you, we were so sad to miss you yesterday! Jen

Brenda Funk said...

Wow -- looks like a great party! And Ethan seems to be enjoying the food! Glad you could have a good time.