We have been all a flutter with holiday preparations and holiday celebrations! We have been blessed with a wonderful holiday season - time spent together as a family, time spent with friends, another Christmas with Great Grandma, a roof over our heads, food on the table, and warm beds to sleep in. This year was extra special because we welcomed a new addition to our family -- on Christmas morning we surprised the girls with a puppy! It has been a long time coming (years since we last had a dog, forever since we had a pet that showed any interest in the girls) and my husband and I have been keeping the secret (along with a select few) since before Thanksgiving -- it was tough, believe me! On Christmas Eve, my husband drove 3 hours round trip to pick up our new puppy from a Mennonite dairy farm! The woman had lost her husband this past year and this was her last time breeding puppies - she has a lot on her plate handing the farm on her own. Our new puppy is a black and white Boston Terrier and we named her Mabel Rose! She is very sweet, particularly when she is sleeping - which is frequently! - and right now she has a wild, puppy "bite-y" side... We're working on that. That and potty-training. It's like having a toddler in the house again! But we all love her and we're excited to have her join our family! I was thinking the other day that when my husband and I got married we were a couple, when we had our first daughter we had started a family, when our second daughter came along our family was complete. And now, adding Mabel to the mix, our family is "enhanced!"