I'm sitting here, doing the very same thing my mother used to do before Christmas morning rush was official, and that is bask in the glow of this holy night. It's late, the house is sparkling clean, the stockings are filled, presents wrapped and under the tree, and it is now that I offer my thanks to our Lord for the both of you.
I am moved with such love by the Holy Spirit on this night, that my eyes are brimming with tears at the amount of joy you two have brought me this year. I can hardly believe how natural it feels to have the both of you here this Christmas; how natural it has felt all along. While I hope you enjoy your gifts later this morning, I hope even more that this holiday becomes such a celebration of your walk with your God. Remembering this miraculous birth of Jesus, so close to the birth of you, Mary, just fills my heart with wonder and awe. It's still so fresh in my memory. I hope to instill and pass onto you, the traditions of our faith, and the traditions of our household. I hope that this holiday brings you joy, fills your heart with peace, and brings you both such love.
As you slumber peacefully in your beds, I pray over you. I'm so very grateful for healthy, vibrant, smart, beautiful children. You are the joy of my heart, and I find myself so wrapped up in your smiles and laughter. This family is blessed beyond measure. I hope you two are as close as you are now for the rest of your lives. I hope that you know how loved you truly are. I hope your future brings happiness with each of the challenges that you rise to meet.
I love you Gavin. The charming boy who brought me my highest honor by making me Mama first. I love you Mary. The sweet little girl who has charmed the world around her.
Smiles, hugs, laughter and love,
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