Our Christmas arrived early this year... on December 19th, to be exact.
At 6:51 A.M, when Ian Maxwell Clark entered the world.
Yes, we were richly, deeply blessed with a second grandchild, a grandson, pictured at left with his beaming father, who happens to be my beloved son.
Mother, father and Ian are healthy, happy and at home now. Big sister Gabriela, 2 1/2 years old, is healthy and at home, of course, but not yet happy about this 7 lb. 2 oz. interloper into her universe.
In many ways, we're enjoying perhaps our most joyous Christmas season ever. Or maybe, just maybe, we're focusing on our blessings this year, and consciously noticing and appreciating all that God has gifted to us.
All four of our children, plus their two spouses and two children, will gather at our home this year (first time in three years!) for presents, festivities and a meal to celebrate family, traditions and God's love.
Like I do each year, I'll post our Christmas dinner menu once I finalize it tomorrow. Until then, savor the season...
And if you have the sacred opportunity this holiday season, hold a newborn baby close in your arms.