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Merry Christmas from Elijah

Merry Christmas from Elijah

This Christmas is very special for me because it’s my first Christmas ever! I was born on August 30, 2008 in South Carolina, so I’m almost 4 months old now. And it has been a fantastic four months. I spent the first week of September in Myrtle Beach with my new mommy and daddy and we spent plenty of time bonding. I made sure I woke them up several times every night to make sure we could spend even more time together 🙂. My mom and dad even took me to the beach three times that first week, but don’t worry we didn’t stay in the sun very long!

At the end of September we traveled to Western Pennsylvania. We stayed at the beautiful Nemacolin Resort where my dad officiated our neighbor’s wedding. I’m sure it was a great place and I even heard there were some cool animals there, but I don’t remember much since I slept most of the time. On Thanksgiving we went to Richmond, Virginia to see Mimi and Poppy (daddy’s parents). They tell me I am their first grandchild so they were very eager to hang out, read to me, feed me and give me a bath. They even watched me one evening while my mom and dad celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary!

In early December we went to New York City where we saw the tree at Rockefeller Center and had lots of great food with our friends. My mommy loves NYC at Christmas; she says it’s magical! Also in December mommy and I stayed with Aunt Emily and Uncle Peter in Philadelphia while daddy was on a retreat. We had a very nice time in their new home. This year we are spending Christmas in Huntington, West Virginia at my Gammy and Papaw’s house (where mommy’s from). My Gammy spoils me a ton and loves to give me attention and buy me new clothes.

When we aren’t traveling we’re usually chillin at our house in Washington, D.C. Mommy stays with me during the days and daddy spends lots of time with me during the evenings and on the weekends. We have so much fun together singing, playing and napping! And I’m almost potty trained now, which makes mommy and daddy very happy.

I wanted to give a shout out to everyone who has sent me gifts and cards this year. I’m not able to read the cards, but I do enjoy looking at the pictures. While I’m thankful for all the clothes, diapers, and toys I made sure that I wrote to Santa and asked him to send me some sugar and candy. I’m starting to get sick of this formula! It’s all mommy and daddy ever give me.

As I reflect on the last year, I’m very thankful to have been born the same year that America elected its first black president. It will be a constant reminder that I can be or do anything that God has called me to do.

I am very thankful that God found a special home for me. My mommy and daddy say they are even more blessed to have me in their life. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus this year, we also celebrate the birth of our new family!

Pray for the children out there who are spending this Christmas alone. May God bring peace, love and justice to their lives. Merry Christmas and may God bless you in the New Year!

Love,

Elijah Wesley Graham

(cc: Aaron and Amy)

P.S. Here are some pictures of our family:

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Photo Fun

So, several of my blogging friends have challenged me to create a post that has a random picture from one of our folders. This is how it works:

Here’s the rules:

1) Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on your computer

2) Select the 4th picture in the folder

3) Explain the picture

4) Tag 4 people to do the same

NO CHEATING! (cropping, editing, etc!)

Here’s our picture:

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This was taken on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. We were on vacation with Aaron’s family in Sooke. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. This picture was taken on the deck of our rental house. There were evergreen trees all around us and the water was right in front of us. We caught a glimpse of God’s glory and promise as we looked out over the horizon.

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Elijah meets Santa Clause

Elijah wanted to meet the “real” Santa Clause at the Macy’s in NYC. However, if you read my previous post, you will see that we realized Macy’s would be insane with people and since Elijah slept through most of our time in NYC, we thought he should meet Santa in a place that was a little easier. So, we met one of Santa’s helpers in Philadelphia while visiting with Aaron’s brother and sister-in-law.

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While this Santa may not be the “real” Santa, he was pretty good!! He had a real beard and has been  Santa in Philly for at least 10 years.  Elijah did great! He didn’t smile, but he didn’t cry either! Lots of little friends who went ahead of Elijah did indeed shed a few tears….Of course, next year may be a different story for Elijah. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it!

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Elijah goes to NYC

Last weekend Aaron, Elijah and I had the opportunity to go see some of our good friends in NYC. We had a blast! New York is magical at Christmas. It was fantastic! We had a fabulous brunch at Alice’s Tea Cup. Their scones were amazing and I fell in love with their Christmas tea. The atmosphere was delightful and it was more of a locals place, which we always prefer. We then walked through the city reaching the famous 5th Ave.  The windows were all decorated and there were people…EVERYWHERE!! It was insane.  I wanted to go see the tree at Rockefeller Center and to possibly have a family photo in front of the tree.  HA! That’s funny. You’ll see our “family photo” in front of the tree.

I wanted us to then go to Macy’s to see the REAL Santa Clause. After our experience at the Tree, we decided maybe we ought to skip Macy’s. So funny.

After a bit of a respite, we headed to Greenwich Village for a lovely Italian dinner. Afterwards we walked around the Village and it was perfect. It even started snowing. I LOVED it!

Here are some of our photos from the weekend:

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Elijah (a.k.a. Little Man) ready to take on NYC!! He has no idea what he’s in for.

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Here’s our first “family photo” in front of the tree. There were so many people around us, it was nearly impossible to even get this one.

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Here’s our second “family photo” in front of the Tree. Elijah slept through most of NYC…but the worst part was the fact that people were literally swarming around us.

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Here are our fantastic (and very hospitable) friends, Chauntee and Joshua. They were fabulous hosts!

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Here’s Aaron walking in front of us walking with his butt out just to get a laugh trying to clear the way from the crowds of people.  He’s so silly!

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Here’s little man all snuggly…sleeping once again.

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Elijah finally woke up…when we were back at our friends’ apartment.  He’s such a happy baby!

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He’s got a fantastic smile…I’m glad I get to see it often.

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Chauntee’ and I enjoying our Italian dinner

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The whole gang…Elijah is there, but he’s sleeping…of course.

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Handsome boy in his big boy coat.

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All smiles!

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This is how Elijah looked most of the time we were in NYC. We thought his little cap made him look a little like a Russian Grandpa…a very CUTE Russian Grandpa of course!

We had a blast. I LOVE that city!

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Elijah is 3 months old!

I’m just a couple days late…However, on Sunday, November 30th, Elijah turned 3 months old!! He’s weighing in at 15 lbs. now (such a big boy). He’s smiling, laughing, and cooing A LOT!! It’s so much fun! He continues to sleep through the night 10-11 hours each night and he is just overall a fantastic baby!

We were in Richmond for the Thanksgiving holiday, and we had our first baby shower. It’s fun to have the baby present for the baby shower!!

Unfortunately, since (mommy forgot our camera) we had to remember so many things to take with us, we left our camera at home and therefore don’t have any pictures of our own from Thanksgiving…but I’ll post some when I get them

Here’s a picture that was taken not too long ago of all three of us:

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