December 15, 2009

our christmas cards

This past Saturday morning I woke up early (reluctantly after a late night out for my neighbor's birthday) to stuff, stamp, and seal all of our Christmas cards. My goal was to have them all complete before noon so that I could get them in the mail and on their way to our friends and family. I made a big mistake of not double checking the number of people on our contact list before ordering the cards, because I didn't quite get enough. I could have easily used another 25, but oh well, there is always next year.



As you can see, we picked our favorite family picture from our recent photo shoot for this year's card. I love how they turned out and all, but I can't help to think of what is missing every time I look at them... We're just not complete. I wish Heidi, Lily, Paige and Rylan were in our family photo too...

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  1. The first thing I thought when I looked at the photos was that the beautiful snowflakes at the front ARE Heidi, Lily, Paige and Rylan and what a beautiful way to remember them. I am so sorry they aren't with you for Christmas but they will be remembered and loved. xxxx

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  2. What a beautiful Christmas card. Heidi, Lily, Paige, and Rylan are in that photo. They are in both of your hearts! xx

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  3. gorgeous cards. and i agree - those babies are in that photo, even if they're not. xo.

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  4. Those babies are everywhere you are. I know this Christmas is going to be tough and we are praying for you guys.

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  5. We are praying for you this holiday season. Your beans are in your hearts and the thoughts and prayers of your readers.

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  6. They live forever in your heart and will always be in every photo, just behind your eyes.

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  7. I loved your card! Your babies will forever be in your hearts. Love you!

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  8. BEAUTIFUL!! We all know they are there though we can not see them!!

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  9. They might not be in the picture, but they are IN your heart (and in ours too!)! Wishing your family blessings this Holiday!

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  10. that is a beautiful photo and a beautiful card. but i know what you mean about it not feeling right with so many names missing. this year i had to put "love, the finn family" because i could not bear to send out cards without vivian and annemarie's names on them...but then i couldn't include their names either because they're not here. it's just hard no matter how you word it or what you say. (((hugs)))

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  11. Wish they were here too. Your card is lovely though, but we all know something is missing. xx

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  12. Lauren,

    I admire you for even sending cards this year. It's one of the things that I always love to do, but I just didn't have it im me this year. Perhaps, I had envisioned Christian's little photo on our cards too many times....maybe next year :)

    Love your cards, so sweet, and your angels are with you always. Your strength is amazing and you honor your babies by going forward with your life, honoring and remembering them each step of the way.

    Hugs,
    Andrea
    www.persuitofourfairytale.blogspot.com

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  13. I wish too.
    We miss you and look forward to seeing you in 2010

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  14. Your photo turned out really great! It's hard not to think about what is missing in the picture. Their sweet faces would've made it so much better. This year we didn't do a family photo to send out. We'll take one around Christmas to have though. We sent out a collage of Carleigh.

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  15. there are many ways to include your babies in photos... my husband and I had a bear we got from buildabear that was in most of our photos together or her photo was in our photo too. I need another bear though, for my husband, but I just haven't been able to bring myself to go get one for him. I guess at some point it gets silly, it would be me, two bears and a dog in a family portrait now.

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  16. I know, I felt the same way this year...but your photo is really nice, even though it feels incomplete.

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  17. This has to be one of the best Christmas cards ever! Beautiful couple - and pups! Happy holidays Greens!

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  18. This picture is AWESOME! You guys are such a good looking bunch! We have it proudly displayed on our fridge!

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