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48 // 52 Lillia & Zane

“A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014.”

Lillia: This week you had a holiday concert at your school. I love watching you go through the process of deciding how you will dress because you have very particular ideas about how you want to look. You always like to wear a tie to special events — it’s your “signature style.” After your part of the concert was over, I noticed you were animatedly chatting with your teacher. It makes me so happy that you enjoy school, and that you have such a great relationship with your teacher. As we know from experience, it doesn’t always work out that way. I feel very thankful that the past two years at school have been, by and large, very good ones.

Zane: This week you got to start your advent calendar (we started on the first day of advent, rather than the first day of December). I don’t think anyone has ever been more excited about Christmas than you are this year. I keep reminding you that the big day doesn’t come for several more weeks, but every morning you still ask me, “Is today Christmas?” I kind of wish there was a way to rein in the excitement; Christmas is built up to such a huge degree that it’s inevitably a little disappointing. I do try hard to de-emphasize the gift-getting part of the holiday, but it seems like the whole world is working against me sometimes!

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Kelli Ann Wilson

Kelli lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband Damian and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, taking pictures, walking in the woods, and celebrating the seasons of nature and the feasts, festivals, and holy days of the Christian year.

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