Last year, we had three menorahs for the three people in our family:
For her gift, Ellie got her beloved toddler CD player, which she plays and rocks to to this very day!
I was pregnant with Moshe, and received a cute little "Watch Me Grow" frame to fill up with his photos.
Besides for all of the fun and games (and food fried in oil.....mmmm) Chanukah is about celebrating the big miracles in our lives--the moments where the seeming randomness of the world falls away, and you can so clearly see G-d moving.
Last year, on this very day, I gave birth to a baby boy--who was so sick, we weren't sure for days if he would survive at all, and what kind of quality of life he would have.
This year, I have a beautiful and completely healthy baby boy:
And we now have FOUR menorahs lighting up our home, within and without:
Today, we will celebrate one year of the sweetest little boy. And we will also remember to take note of the miracles--the ones we see and the ones that hide in small moments and happy coincidences--that fill our lives, day after day.
Happy holiday season to everyone--from our house to yours!