Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas to all this beautiful Christmas day in 2010. This was a very special Christmas in the Stansel household. This is the first Christmas for Haley and Rachel to celebrate at home with mom and dad and family.  We celebrated Christmas in Austin with both sides of our families.  We enjoyed spending time with family, eating good food and celebrating Christmas together as a family.  Although we know the girls are a little young to understand all that was going on, they seemed to enjoy this Christmas day. They loved opening their Christmas presents with help from Grandma Benedict and mommy. I still don't know what they liked more the presents or the wrapping paper and bows, either way they were going in the mouth. It was very special to Thomas and I to just have them with us at home this Christmas day. They bring much joy and happiness to our home. We love and cherish them so very much. We are so grateful this Christmas season to have the most beautiful little girls with us to celebrate this sacred season. Most importantly we are grateful to our Heavenly Father for his Holy Son Jesus Christ. Without Christ there would be no Christmas, and without Christ there can be no fullness of joy.That knowledge alone brings the greatest comfort to me and my family. We declare to the World that Jesus Christ is indeed the first born of our Heavenly Father in the Spirit, and that this Jesus, the Christmas child, condescended to come to earth from the realms of His Eternal Father, here to work among men as healer and teacher, our Great Exemplar. And further, and most important, He suffered on Calvary’s cross as an atoning sacrifice for all mankind. At this time of Christmas, this season when gifts are given, let us not forget that God gave His Son, and His Son gave His life, that each of us might have the gift of eternal life.  Merry Christmas!

In front of our Christmas tree before we went to Austin

Here are pictures of the girls opening up their gifts.  They loved the bows and paper!

They like the curly ribbon

Rachel eating the paper

Haley likes her toy and Rachel likes the bow

Playing with the paper

They got a telephone

Haley playing with the telephone


Daddy holding Rachel.  She's so happy!

My parents, Thomas, me, the girls and my brother and his wife and kids


  1. Great pictures!! By the pictures it looks like Rachel sitting all by herself.It is so wonderful at the progress they are making. Who knew that they would come so far being born so early and so small.

  2. Merry Christmas! I've been following your blog since your pregnancy. Thanks for keeping it going!


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