|Keep on Smilin'!|
Izzy, Christmas 2011
Izzy especially loved the ones that had an animal on the card and we all enjoyed the handmade creations, ornaments, bracelets and other crafts. A lady sent in one with a photo of her pet duck and her story and this made Izzy smile BIG : D Other folks drew pictures or made puzzles for Izzy, sent coloring sheets and cards that played music...some sent money or gift cards or candy...the list of colorful creations and warm wishes seems almost endless!
|hand drawn creation|
Many schools sent stacks of cards and I was touched by the sentiments expressed by children. Reading through those leaves no doubt as to why Christ says we must become as children or we’ll never enter heaven. The faith and joy revealed through their words is incredibly uplifting and I know we’ll read these again and again through the years. Of the relatively small portion of cards that my mom went through, over 20 states were represented as well as numerous countries, including Germany, Ireland, Korea, France, Israel, Afghanistan and Thailand. She received warm wishes from a few famous people too, such as our former governor, now US Senator, Joe Manchin, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Justin Beiber and several women vying for Miss USA.
Thanks again, for taking the time to bring cheer not only to Izzy, but the entire family.
|Izzy and her Uncle Will putting make-up on her doll|
|Izzy with her big sister on Christmas Eve 2011|
|Smokey...the new kitten at Izzy's house|
In other news, our family celebrated Christmas like always, with a large gathering including lots of food, toys and laughter. Even though I was disappointed not to have a white Christmas, the mild weather did allow us to visit the ice arena where Izzy put on ice skates for the first time....
|Izzy at the ice arena over Christmas holiday 2011|
There’s nothing this kid can’t do ; ‘ )
As always, we ask for your prayers above all else and wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2012!
Glory to God for all things †