We have been getting so many wonderful gifts from our loving friends and family, this little bear is seriously so lucky in love already! With Christmas two days away, I'm sure we'll receive so many more, and I have to stop and express gratitude for all the love expressed in so many ways thus far, and so many ways to come.
The gifts have been so thoughtful, including everything from unexpected gender-neutral and stylish baby clothes (than you Aunt Sarah and Uncle Derek!) to much-needed and functional baby furniture and carseats (thank you Grandmas Terri and Lupe and Sue)! I'm personally loving purging our own things to make room for babies necessities! But more on that later...
But outside of the things we've received, I feel even more grateful for the gifts of care and love Kevin and I have received and continue to receive ongoing from our tribe. So many of you have sent us love from near and far:
It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.
And then there is perhaps the greatest gift that I have received of all - I can't help but get a little mushy here, so bear with me. Thisi past week my husband took some of his much-deserved vacation time to rest up and relax after a the huge feat of completing yet another successful project. For those of you who do not know, Kevin is a consultant- and he works his butt off on various projects at different companies, often travelling and working long hours. His dedication and skill are truly impressive and I probably don't tell him enough how proud I am of him- for the actual work that he does, and the reason he does it- to help build our wonderful world and life together.
Now, back to this vacation time he took. Kevin took the full week off, ahead of when we travel, to do a sort of stay-cation. But he didn't rest a bit all week. Kevin, instead of taking an actual break, spent the week putting so much time and effort into preparing for our little baby bear to arrive- and I didn't even ask him to! He did all of this completely on his own, which makes it even more sweet. He made trips to IKEA (that deserves a standing ovation on its own), put together furniture, replaced our carpets, organized closets and he even trained Louie to stop barking and to not be scared of the rock 'n play! :)
The love and dedication he put in this past week has just blown me away and has truly been the best gift I have received yet. So, he deserves a big shout out here and gratitude everyday- I love you Kevin!
Thank you to everyone who is in our community- close and extended, near and far. We appreciate you <3 And our little bear, who is almost 28 weeks now, she appreciates all the love and can't wait to give you all cuddles when she arrives in early Spring!
I hope we all enjoy the many gifts of the season, most importantly our special time with loved-ones.