Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Snow Fun

With all the snow we have had this year, the kids have spent lots of time out playing in it. Enjoy...


I'm going to get you, dad.

Daniel was running from daddy and the snowball he just threw....I can't remember if that one hit him or not (it probably did)

The kids LOVE the snow!

Those little red discs can really go fast!
Sarah's first time ice skating....she LOVED it!
Weeeee....this is fun!

Daniel made a beautiful snow angel - then he got up....no more snow angel :(

Andrew's first time ice skating - he did awesome!
Caleb gave ice skating a try to, but it didn't go well. His little ankles just couldn't handle it. He had much more fun sitting inside with mommy and daddy drinking hot chocolate and watching the other kids.
Now, go drink a cup of hot chocolate and warm up a bit.

Christmas Day 2009

Christmas morning in our house was rather quiet...at first. Sleeping in was great, but then excitement filled the air. Tradition in our house is doing the stocking first thing...while still in our pajamas. Then we eat breakfast and begin our day.

Before the first present is opened we gather around with the Bible and read the Christmas Story from Luke chapter 2. Then we enjoy a time of GIVING gifts to one another - remembering that God is our example. He gave the greatest gift of all....His Son - JESUS!

In the weeks before Christmas people get "sneaky" and have secrets. Well, it was fun as our kids did that to mommy and daddy this year. On a trip in to town the kids each took their money to do some Christmas shopping (they had very little - just little bits they had saved here and there). It was a joy to watch the three oldest put their money together to get Ron, Caleb, and myself a little something.
They were so excited to GIVE us our gifts. So, Christmas morning when it was time to open gifts, the kids requested that we go first. Now, I am in no way saying that my kids were not excited to open their gifts...they were. However, I was so proud of them as they experienced first hand that it IS "...more blessed to give than to receive".

Another tradition in our family is that everyone watches as each gift is opened.

The boys playing together with their gifts.

Great fun!!! A new LEGO computer game.

getting some fresh air before Christmas dinner

Our Christmas was simple....but special. We enjoyed things this day that money can't buy. We have each other - our family - if we had nothing else, we have much to be thankful for. But, God has blessed us with much, much more.

My precious children. I love them SO much!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Tis the Season for Baking

Don't you just love the way the house smells when you are baking??? I love it! We had so much fun baking pumpkin bread, banana spice bread, sugar cookies, snowball cookies, and chocolate peppermint cookies. Everything turned out delicious! Although we enjoyed eating (and sharing) our goodies, our memories are of spending time together in the kitchen baking them.

Daniel cutting out sugar cookies

The smell of these brought Caleb to the oven hoping they would hurry up.

Sarah is the BEST helper in the kitchen!


Decorated by...Mommy, Daniel, Andrew, Sarah, and Caleb

Since we can't get canned pumpkin here, we bought a whole pumpkin. I cut it up, cooked it, then peeled it. I was able to make pumpkin bread, a pumpkin pie, and I still have some in the freezer for next time we want to make something with pumpkin.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Day

Happy New Year to all of you! Our family is excited to begin our journey into the year 2010. Our prayer is to be vessels unto honour, meet for the Master's use (II Timothy 2:20-21).

On the first day of this new year we enjoyed playing in the snow. We have been getting lots this winter. The kids have spent hours playing, sleding, and having snowball fights.

This evening we took some time and wrote down a list of goals we would like to accomplish or things we would like to improve in the new year. The kids' list will be posted above their desk at school for a daily reminder to them. Ron and I also wrote down goals that involve the family. One thing on my list is to have a more joyful spirit and wear a smile (even if I don't feel like it). This is something the kids will notice if I do it or not - since my attitude has a big effect on their lives. Proverbs 15:13 says, "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance:..."

Sarah wants to work on kindness and obeying.

One of Andrew's goals is to not be a "king me first". Great goal isn't it??? So many people in life live to please themselves. I am so proud of his desire to serve others. It won't be easy, but with God's help, he can do it.

Daniel wants to read his Bible through this year. Mommy is going to be his loudest cheerleader as I encourage him to make his goal. Proverbs 13:19 says, "The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul:..."

I am ending the first day of a new year with a heart full of joy. God has blessed us with more than we deserve. My heart is also challenged to please my Heavenly Father in 2010.
Our Christmas and holiday activities will be in my next post.....


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