"Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!"

Miriam riding MichelleZephaniah’s announcement proclaimed this Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, takes on extra special meaning this year:

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
   Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart,
   O daughter Jerusalem!

Miriam is now eight months old and, though not yet singing, certainly does her fair share of joyful shouting.

Miriam riding MichelleSince our last update Miriam has begun uttering syllables, enjoys pulling up on furniture, and has started cutting some teeth. She is rapidly crawling everywhere and has begun trying to climb stairs. She delights in these ventures most especially when chasing Linus and the cats that results in some of those aforementioned shrieks of joy. In the past month her firsts have included playing Cranium on Thanksgiving, being transfixed by Aztec dancers for Our Lady of Guadalupe, and accompanying me to a harmonica lesson. We spent Thanksgiving with my Aunt MaryAnn, cousins, and their children. Michelle’s sister, Anita, arrived this weekend and will be spending Miriam’s first Christmas with us. With the many Masses Miriam and I have been attending during these holidays I have found that Miriam indeed joyfully sings as one at festivals particularly when entering the church, seemingly greeting everyone else entering. For those keeping track, Miriam weighs in at precisely 18 pounds which will no doubt continue to increase as she is now willingly eating many fruits and vegetables.

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