Our Little Bundle of Joy

Growing up, I remember the classic Christmas stories: Home Alone, White Christmas (our family fave), The Santa Clause, & National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I vividly remember watching Miracle on 34th Street and falling in love with the puppy under the Christmas tree at the end of the story- big red bow, adorable. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always dreamed of getting a yellow lab (or golden retriever) on Christmas morning. One year I got a gold fish! That was exciting!

Well, on Tuesday that dream came true!

Jeff had told me earlier that week that he had to drive down to Oregon on Tuesday for a business trip. I busily worked through the day, and then at 4pm he called me and said “So while I was down in Oregon I picked up your Christmas gift…you know, no sales tax there. But it’s really big, so I need you to go in the guest room, close the door and turn up the music really loud as I bring the box in and hide it somewhere.”

Totally oblivious I said, “Sure babe”.

3 minutes later, I hear Jeff calling my name. Coming out to the living room, I started to say “Hi Jeffey. How was your da….”

And there under our glowing Christmas tree was an adorable, yellow lab with a big red and white striped bow tied around his collar.

“Merry Christmas Lyss. I wanted to give you your gift early. Surprise!”

My heart immediately melted. 1. For my husband who is so thoughtful- he not only got us a puppy, but also remembered my wish to have a Christmas puppy with a red bow! And 2. For our new buddy.

Ah! He’s adorable. Absolutely adorable. He is the sweetest guy, who loves to play, but also still takes lots of puppy naps, right by my feet. I’m so thankful for our little bundle of joy.

Everyone, please meet Aslan. “Azzy” for short.






  1. That’s so great Alyssa! That puppy is way cute 🙂 love the name and the story behind it!

  2. What a sweet gift! And I love love love the name!

  3. Awesome name for an awesome puppy! He is so cute! 🙂 Hope the three of you have a Merry Christmas! 🙂

  4. Aww!! You are totally living my dream: Fall in love with a God-fearing man, get married, buy a house & get a puppy! You are beyond blessed! Not many people get to experience such wonderful moments in life. Thank you for sharing those moments with us, because it gives me hope that someday it may happen for me & that’s something to look forward to.

  5. Wow, how precious! You have definitely picked a good man to spend your life with, and now you have a puppy to share that time with as well! Enjoy, Labs are the most loyal dogs out there(:

  6. Such a good story thanks for sharing!!

  7. He’s adorable! I remember that puppy stage. Sooo sweet! Labs are the best as you’ve seen the ones at my house. Have fun raising that little bundle of fur!


  9. Aw! My family got a puppy for Christmas this year too:) Her name is Remi and she is an Australian cattle dog. I cried (tears of joy of course!) Such a great surprise:) Have fun!

  10. Very sweet! Congratulations on your new “baby” 😉 he’s very cute. Aslan like from Narnia? 🙂

  11. He is so So SO cute!!!!!!! I want to squeeze his face!!!! Congrats, puppy mama!

  12. Oh how wonderful is this. What a wonderful husband and wonderful gift. Our white lab is now 9 yrs old and I can barely remember her as a puppy, nor can I remember our family living without her. Many many many blessings to you all. Am so thankful for young people with your wisdom too.

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