Saturday, January 19, 2013

2012 Christmas Letter, a little late

Dear Family, Friends, and Others,

Merry Christmas!  The biggest news in the Bird family in 2012 is that we had a new little baby girl, and we named her Greta Ann Bird.  She’s a month old now and she’s healthy.  She cries a lot, like right now, for example, but I suppose that’s just what babies do.  She’s a sweet little baby.  She was born on November 20th, and she weighed six pounds, nine ounces.   

Ben has been doing well this year, making movie screens and just chillin’.  The back yard looks a lot better.  We got pavers and grass and trees and bushes put in.  And we got more gravel and another bush in the front yard, so it looks nice. 

Erin has been busy with pregnancy and childbirth, and with two church callings as the primary singing time leader and ward choir director.  She has such a beautiful singing voice, and a talent for leading groups of people, so her church callings fit her wonderfully.  I love to hear her sing and watch her direct choirs. 

Trudy took a ballet class this year from a lady in the neighborhood.  I was opposed to the idea from the get-go.  I saw her participation in ballet as only the beginning of a never-ending parade of school activities, bake sales, sporting events, club meetings, and other stress-inducing, needless busywork-creating activities, but once I saw my darling three-year-old in her pink tutu, raising her arms and spinning around, my heart melted like snow under the warmth of a springtime sun.  Now she’s signed up for a lifetime of ballet lessons. 

Another interesting thing happened this year.  We saw a documentary called “Forks Over Knives” and it scared us into becoming vegan. But that only lasted for about three months.

Normally we send out cards and letters through the mail, but this year with Greta being born so close to the busy Christmas season, we thought we would just send emails.  If there are any on our Christmas card list that we don’t have current email addresses for, or that don’t have email, well, there’s nothing I can say to you, because you aren’t reading this.  But for those of you who are reading this, let’s keep in touch.  And merry Christmas.  It’s wonderful to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Ben, Erin, Trudy, and Greta Bird