"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

December 30, 2012


Some of our Christmas fun: 

The Christmas Eve candlelight service:
A beautiful, worshipful event and one of my favorite traditions. You have to arrive super early to even get a seat and there's no seat saving. So, once we arrive, I'm afraid to get up and we always end up taking pictures from our chairs. : ) (LOL)

Andrew and Zac T

Hubby and his brother, Phil
After all the amazing singing we headed home for wedge salads, steak and fettuccine. Yum!

Joy and Bree 

Christmas morning:
Dad's annual Christmas morning sermon 
Joy and Andrew in anticipation of the blessings to come
One of those blessings was a ukulele for Andrew from Nathan!
What followed that was a spontaneous sibling group-hug for Nathan! What a great gift for Roo!  But I missed that Kodak moment and so here they are afterwards.      

It wasn't cold but we can't get over how fun that fireplace "show" from Netflix is. It even crackles. LOL
And in case it was cold there were warm Christmas jammies for all! 

Zac gave the fam an automatic snack machine from that-ever-so-much-fun store: Brookstone! 

You don't want to know how many M&M's we've eaten this week because of this baby!  At least it has a portion control knob. ; )                                                   

A uke lesson followed later in the day
Another special moment happened when Andrew gave him his very nice electric guitar effects pedal which made him cry. Musical instruments mean a lot in this fam!

Uncle Phil gave the boys very nice watches that were his before this stroke. He was so thrilled that they liked them.

We had our dear friend Carlos over for Christmas dinner where more eating took place. (crazy amounts of food were consumed this week!)

It was a wonderful day!
That night we went to see The Hobbit or at least most of us did. Hubby went to help rescue our dear friends who broke down on the way to see it with us. After the movie we all had dessert at our house together, as if we needed to eat MORE.

The rest of the week:
The next morning the painter's wife got the inside of her house painted! Yahoo! Merry Christmas to me! Holy moley, it was a lot of work... and I kept adding more! He and I painted for 11 hours! -Interestingly enough, we couldn't talk any of the kiddos into helping!

Thursday Nate headed to IL for a college road trip/vacation with some friends. Hope he's keeping warm!

The next two days were spent working at a children's home and 'caulking for Jesus' while hubby painted a bunch of bunk beds for them.

We plan to finish painting our house on New Year's Eve and guess who wants their room painted now? So, more painting to follow but with more helpers!
I think it would be safe to say that during the last several days, if we weren't eating then we were probably painting. : )


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