Just in time for Christmas

There are so many Christmas memories being made for this little man.  
It's fun to experience this season through his perpetual sense of wonder and enthusiasm.
After having Santa show up at a couple different Christmas programs/parties he is officially a fan.

Santa was his new best friend.

 That's what -40 degrees Celsius looks like.

It turns out we have some strange traditions here in Canada...like instead of eating our cookies we make houses out of them. 

Today Elijah finally got his casts cutt off.
Daddy and his boy were up super early on this very cold day to drive to the city.
He wasn't so sure how they were going to take those casts off.  When they brought out the noisy saw, he told them "No, no thank you.  No like it".  

This brave boy happy was happy to see the casts go.

He came home to his first real bath in several weeks.
We got all the gnarly-ness scrubbed off, lotioned him up and it's so nice to see his little legs and feet again.
He has some new incisions though that were hiding behind the casts.  This is where they lengthened his Achilles tendons.  

He's not so sure about using his new straightened legs and feet though.  Now that his feet can bend those tendons are a little sore.  It's crazy how fast muscles atrophy too!  His legs look like skinny little sticks. He'll be on his feet again in no time though.  Mommy is making him do all kinds of exercises.

Tomorrow is Christmas eve! 
I'm thankful for so many things right now. At the top of the list is the gift that we celebrate at Christmas.  
Jesus giving us himself.

"Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn king!"
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"

That last line just blows my mind every time I hear it.  

"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, 
because he has come and has redeemed his people. 
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us 
in the house of his servant David
as he said through his holy prophets of long ago,
...to remember his holy covenant...
to give his people the knowledge of salvation
though the forgiveness of their sins,
 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace." Luke 1:68-79

"Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests."

I want to share a super adorable video made by some very dear friends of mine.  The camera man (Dad) is my pastor, and these cute kids are my kids best buds.  So, because they have way more talent than we do,  I'll send you a Merry Christmas wish from another family.

and a classic...because I love Christmas music.

"O come, O come Emmanuel"

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