Archive for December, 2015

A snapshot in time…

The children each completed a brief handout to summarize their thoughts and preferences as 2015 comes to a close.


2015 worksheets




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Christmas 2015


We had another great Christmas. I always enjoy seeing both of sets of grandparents (the second arrives tonight!) and the children certainly appreciate the extra attention and love.


Christmas Eve we opened all of the gifts from my parents and spent the day celebrating. Wes led a great Christmas Eve service for almost 200 people. The children got to sing a few songs and light the candles for Silent Night. Two years ago at this time we hosted a few advent worship services for 30 people. It’s amazing to see what God has done to establish and grow the church.

Our Christmas Day tradition for the past few years has been to be together just the six of us. Those grandparents reading this should know we are always eager to have them, but I do find without the extra family there is no fuss with hosting, cooking, getting out of pjs, etc. The kids just play, and play, and play all day. It’s the one time of the year when there are more toys than they know what to do with. They were very good at sharing and helping one another. That is not necessarily a normal occurrence.

We usually end the evening with pizza and a movie. This year, we watched Inside Out, which they received as a gift from my grandmother. It is a great movie and gives the adults a lot to think about.

My kids make me smile when I see their enthusiasm about giving. James gave Thomas an F3 shirt. Thomas LOVES it. Ellie picked out a new tie for James. It is interesting to see the bonds the simple act of giving can be when they see in each other the love and thoughtfulness in selecting something that fits them perfectly.

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Ellie’s main gifts were a large platform swing and a Kano computer. I suggest Googling Kano. It’s pretty cool and she has probably never had a more perfect gift, given her budding interest in computer programming. I see her developing a blog in the near future.

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Jack was super excited about his Lego police station. He has been asking for it since August. He works with great perseverance at each step.


James got a practice putting hole. He’s always practicing basketball and football, so this should expand his repertoire.

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Thomas got a Domino rally game. He’s probably most excited by his drawing book and F3 shirt.

I am thankful for another year of health, happiness, laughter, and the love of family.



crazy fam


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