Yesterday, my family celebrated Christmas a little early. We switch off Christmas Eve every year and this year it's Ortonville's turn. So the Walsh girls and their families gathered at Renae and Craig's house in St. Joseph. And it was just wonderful.
I know collectively we have a lot of kids (mom has 10 grandchildren!) but it doesn't seem like a lot until we are all in one room together! Everybody except Jordan (boo!) was there, which makes a grand total of 18! We are officially outnumbered by kids! This year, the kiddos were able to let loose in the basement, which helped a TON!
Here is a short montage of pics from the afternoon (hopefully it works, I don't have a good track record with videos!).
And one of the many highlights of the day was Finn reading the Christmas Story from the Bible for everybody. Austin did it last year and Finn was told it was his turn this year. He did NOT want to. I started prepping him about two months ago. We found a passage that he liked in one of our Children's bibles and he practiced with me. Then he practiced once when Sasha was here and once when Stacey was here (so there was a "crowd"). He could read it just fine, but was scared to be in front of people. Fast forward to yesterday on our way there...I forgot the freaking bible with the passage he knew! He didn't freak out and when we got there, we looked online to find one he liked, we practiced a few times and he was set (Austin was on-call in case he was needed!). Him "practicing":
And he did GREAT! I think his nerves got the best of him a little as he didn't pause for periods, but that is minor. The fact that he even did it shows how far he has come in terms of doing new things, being in front of people and not having a fit when things change! I'd being lying if I said that my eyes were completely dry when he was done!
Thank you, Renae and Craig, for hosting (and tackling your basement!!). Everything was perfect as usual. May all of your Christmas season continue to be merry and bright. Safe holiday travels to all over the next week or so!!
In addition to the video, here are a few pics:
Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.