Even with all of that, though, the excitement of decorating our house for Christmas with our family of five still makes me giddy. We are so lucky to have been blessed with three wonderful girls and times like this make the blessings feel even richer! Eventually the girls got into silly mode while we decorated and we listened to Justin Beiber's Christmas music (although I think he just recorded his usual stuff and threw in a few "snow" and "holiday" phrases to pass it off as a Christmas CD!). We reminisced while we pulled out all of the ornaments, telling their stories as we place them on the tree. I got the honor of placing the star on top of the tree! Despite the fact that it didn't happen as I had hoped it would, it happened like it was supposed to... and we did it together and we had fun!
Later in the week I had the honor of photographing my dad playing Santa at the children's rehabilitation hospital. I remember going around the neighborhood with him when I was a child, caroling with a group of people while he went door to door and handed out candy canes to each house. Now that he is