Speaking of the baby... there are lots of positive updates that I should share, but I'll save it for another post. Suffice it to say, that the baby appears to be totally HEALTHY right now and we are relieved and excited (and also, strangely, a wee bit terrified) at the thought of a typical delivery and bringing home a newborn just a matter of days later. The official due date is Memorial Day, but since Clara was a c-section this one will be too and it will be scheduled sometime for the week before that. We'll know that date sometime next month.
2013 was a really really hard year for lots of reasons, many personal, that I didn't write about. There was lots of loss and grief for us and it was a tough season of life. My prayers are that 2014 will hold much joy and more peace. I also hope I might return a little more to writing, which I love and have missed, and to photography which is a great source of fun and joy for me. If those things do happen, perhaps there will be some more activity on The Hardy Life this year than there has been in the past twelve months or so. I want this second-born child to be chronicled as well as any second-born child can be. I've clearly set the bar far too high for it to be done as thoroughly as Clara's beginning was, but I'll do my best for this sweet little one to not be overlooked.
With all that said, I'm going to skip right over the baby updates and Thanksgiving and even Christmas fun to TODAY, because I just want to post these fun photos of Clara playing in the (tiny tiny tiny bit of) snow. I will do my best to catch up on all that's passed since with a few quick posts on the holidays another time. For now, President Bartlett is calling me. I'm afraid if I don't answer there might be a national disaster.