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christmas wishes


Merry
Christmas
!!

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hanuh-riah


“Are Hanuh-riah coming over today?”

“Can I go see Hanuh-riah?”

“How ’bout Hanuh-riah come over now. ‘Kay, mama.”

Ava loves Hannah and Mariah, my two cousins, also known at our home as “hanuh-riah.” These girls have been our goto babysitters for the past year, and Ava absolutely adores them. They come over at least twice a month to watch Ava and her friends during our small group Bible study. Throughout the week, I am likely to hear that “Hanuh said …” and “Riah does it like ….” We are so thankful that Hannah and Mariah take such good care of Ava!

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shop girl


Ava’s new favorite activity is to go shopping (at home). She fills her little bags with her play food, kitchen accessories, and all her dishes, and then totes them around the house. She even uses small plastic bags to hold fruits and vegetables (just like mom), and tissue paper to wrap “glassware.” Happy Shopping!

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daddy’s sweetie baby

Oh this has to be my favorite picture of 2006. Our good friend Russ, who shot our Christmas pictures this year, snapped this while I was switching sweaters and I just love it!

Almost as amazing as becoming a mama has watching the man I love become a daddy–a sweet, good, strong, hilarious daddy. Right before this picture she was stomping her hot pink boots up and down the halls of Nazereth Chapel as fast as her legs could carry them. The echoing clomps were far to exciting to quiet and her energy was delightfully uncontainable. And yet for this sweet moment she is still.

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"peanut’s with jesus"

Last July Ava and I visited a sweet, little children’s bookshop near our home. Ava instantly bonded with Rosie and Peanut, a cockatoo and parakeet respectively. For no particular reason, we had not returned to the bookshop until last evening. Over the past five months Ava has often inquired about Rosie and Peanut, and asked to go visit them.

As I pushed open the door last night, Ava spied Rosie’s cage and let out a excited squeal. Rosie was enjoying her bird-seed, lettuce-wrap and was less than conversational, so Ava sang her a song. I was busy looking for potential Christmas gifts, so I don’t remember the song. Ava did tell me that Rosie liked it.

With her Rosie reunion satisfied, Ava set off in search of Peanut. Last summer the little parakeet was perched on the shopkeeper’s shoulder as she stood behind the bar of the café. This evening, the owner’s daughter was serving the hot beverages and Peanut was no where in sight.

“Where’s Peanut?” inquired Ava as I ordered some hot cocoa. “She’s not here” was the reply. Unsatisfied with that answer Ava asked again and received the same answer. She then asked me and I referred the question once again to the girl. “Is Peanut at your home or has Peanut died?” The girl’s irritated eyes answered the question as she once again said, “She’s not here.”

“Ava,” I said quietly, “Peanut died.” Ava looked right up at the girl and began nodding her head as she said, “Peanut’s with Jesus.” The girl ignored her so Ava tried again, louder, “Peanut’s with Jesus!” The girl, busy swirling whip cream on our hot cocoa, kept her face towards the counter.

“Mama, Peanut’s in heaven with Jesus.”

“Yes, Ava, Peanut is in heaven with Jesus,” I said quietly and quite conscious of the stares of the other customers. Ava did not pick up on my subtle quieting cues and went on to tell the girl that Jesus liked Peanut and was happy she was in heaven with him.

This is the same child who had only minutes before had explained to all the present-laden, postal customers in ever increasing line that this baby on the gold stamp was baby Jesus and this was his mama Mary. “Christmas’s not a person,” declared Ava from her stroller pulpit. “It’s baby Jesus’ birffday. It’s baby Jesus’ born! Santa’s a person, though, but it’s not his birffday. It’s baby Jesus’ birffday!”

And this is the same child who sings at the very top of her lungs, “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it” through the aisles of Cub Foods desperately trying to make eye contact with hurried and preoccupied shoppers.

So here at Aunty Em’s, she was not dismayed by the girl’s lack of interest in her or her thoughts about Peanut. “Jesus loves Peanut,” Ava told the girl once again. “She’s in heaven now, and that’s good.”

Yes, Ava it is good. It is very good. Bless you little child for your lion-hearted faith. May you always remain unashamed of the Gospel.

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handcrafted by ava

This year Ava is making Christmas gifts for her special friends and cousins. Ava deliberates over each individual bead that she adds to the strand and talks to the colors as she goes along. Each bracelet is truly a custom design by Ava.

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