This was our Christmas card this year and I love it. I don't mean that in a bragging way. Trust me. I love it because there is a slight (albeit HUGE) homage to my Dad on the back. And I love it because I know how hard it was to get those photos. It was our very first professional family photo shoot. With a real, professional photographer who, it turns out, is also a magician. I thought that Brian would be the wild card - but, as it turns out, Gavin was the one who melted down in the 3rd minute. Full out sobs. The more time we took to calm Gavin meant more time for Brian to lose interest. Our real Christmas miracle (because my plastic surgery appointment has been postponed until Tuesday...big SIGH) is that our photographer got any good shots at all - we were not an easy shoot for her. But the sign of a true pro is getting good shots from difficult children. (And getting a sad and tired Mommy to look not as tired as usual and not so terribly sad). If you live in the Philadelphia area, please - please - check out J Rosser Photography and please tell my good friend, Julie, that I sent you.
If I could, I would have sent our Christmas card - with my heartfelt wishes for you to have a happy holiday of your choice - to each and every one of you. I would have wished you a happy new year, too.
And I would have included a thank you. For everyone who supported me during Gavin's pregnancy and his birth. For everyone who started getting to know us through my CaringBridge when Gavin was so critically ill as an infant. For those of you who sent me well wishes after my many miscarriages. For the hundreds of you that reached out to me after we lost our daughter, Darcy Claire. For all of you who joined us here on this blog. For the new readers that are just figuring out our story. I tell people all the time that I'm never sure why people read my CaringBridge...or why they currently read this blog. I don't mean that as a way to fish for compliments...I really don't understand. But for some reason, you are drawn to our story. Maybe you think you're gaining something from reading about our trials, our tribulations...and most importantly, our victories and celebrations. But trust me when I tell you - it is ME that benefits from you coming every day to read what I type. Your support...your encouragement...your presence...your prayers...it all has meant so much to me. To us.
Every year at Christmas, I thank God for the gift of all of you. Some of you might *think* I've helped you...but I can assure you that it has been all of you that have helped me (and my family) get through our hardest times. Whether you have commented a thousand times - once - or none. Doesn't matter. I'm just so grateful.
From the Leong family to all of you and your families...we wish you a very Merry Christmas. A Happy Holiday. A healthy 2012. And please, in honor of my beloved father, please...always remember to "Keep the Faith."
I will be back after Christmas with stories and photos of the boys and all that Santa brought them. They sure have been good...so I better clear a LOT of space under our tree.
In the meantime, here are some shots from our photographer to share!! Gavin and Brian look especially handsome...