The day after Christmas Scott and I hopped in the car and headed to Cincinnati for a quick visit with Elena and family. We were greeted with hugs, gifts, food and Leo and Max talking non stop. Scott and Gino headed to the toy room, playing with the boys and I headed to my favorite place...my bar stool in Elena's kitchen. It seemed like just yesterday that I was sitting there. Chef Elena was so excited to cook for Scott and packed in as many meals as she could in the day and a half we were there! We ate and ate and everything she cooked turned to magic. We spent the evening visiting and in the morning we all headed to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for a routine checkup that Leo had. We arrived at the BMT unit and when Elena signed in Leo's name, she smiled and pointed to the clipboard. The name right before Leo's had the last name Little! Wow! Here we are all together, connected in the most awesome way and visiting Cincinnati Children's for the first time and someone with our last name was on the sign-in sheet right before us. Coincidence? I think not. I wanted to mention this in my blog so I'll never forget the way God is moving in all our lives. What an amazing God we have! We met Dr Kumar and his staff and spent the morning walking the halls of the BMT unit...the place where magic happens. We also toured the day hospital, peeked down the hallway at ICU and met Chaplain Paul as we were entering the chapel. I had the opportunity of reading Elena's care pages/diary of those two years in the hospital that she called home and it was quite humbling, walking those same floors. I watched as the staff embraced Leo and Elena with passion and excitement at seeing them again, giving big hugs of love. They have a special bond of family and it was indeed humbling meeting them face to face. God bless the staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital for their care and support in helping Leo walk out of those hospital doors. Thank you Lord Jesus. We headed back home for the most awesome lunch and while the boys napped and Gino and Scott visited, Elena and I made a quick trip to Costco. After dinner that evening all of us headed to Trader Joe's and later that evening Leo and Max made homemade candles for us. We stayed up too late, ate too much and had the best visit. We left the next morning loaded up with gifts from Elena and Gino and enough healthy food to last us for months. Thank you Elena, Gino, Leo and Max for your love, hospitality and generosity. We love you and pray God holds you in His hand until we're together again.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
O holy night the stars are brightly shining, it is the night of our dear Savior's birth.
Merry Christmas to our family and friends. Even though we live miles apart, you're thought of and held close in our hearts. We spent Christmas Eve day with Nana and Steve, meeting at the Olive Garden for a wonderful late lunch. The crowds were low and we spent several hours visiting and enjoying each other's company. On the way to our luncheon, Brenda surprised me for some face-time. Love you dear sister. Christmas Day was extra special this year as the whole Little clan was able to gather together. Randy and Hillary arrived with Nerf guns which led to a Nerf gun war and I learned quickly that Hillary can hold her own. Charles and Brittney brought Rocky and Scruffy. After a family picture, we opened presents, each receiving gifts from dear ones that touched our hearts. Dinner was our favorite this year...cube steak and mashed potatoes, plus making a video of us singing Jingle Bells around the table. "Do you hear that?...I think I hear Jingle Bells." Yes, we've got a Little talent! We pray blessings on you this Christmas day as you celebrate our Savior's birth. I'm thankful for the gift of salvation that God has given us through His son! For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
For a Christmas gift, Charles came over and helped Scott and Ethan move several large items/equipment from our driveway. Now we can park in our driveway.
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Guess who got back from NY? Randy and Hillary flew out to spend a couple days with Grandma and Grandpa Little. Hillary learned all about conversations around the kitchen table and Grandpa shared lots of stories past :) They were able to spend time with Uncle Perry and Aunt Darshan, go ice skating with Chantal and Michelyn and visit with Uncle Randy at the train station. They headed to the Big Apple for 2 days and the picture below was taken from the 100th floor of the World Trade Center. Randy and Hillary arrived safely home with lots to share.