I can't believe
Christmas is here
and gone already!
I love the spirit of togetherness and generosity that surrounds Christmas.
But there's also places that it isn't that way. And too many people have forgotten
what joy is and where it actually comes from. It doesn't come from pretty wrapping
paper, thoughtful gifts, glitzy lights, fragrant trees, savory food, or festive music...
but from a baby
wrapped in rags
in a feeding trough
who grew up
to bear the sin
of the world
on a splintery cross
and conquered sin
and death once
and for all.
Thank you, Jesus!
|Mom had saved the filet mignon from our steer for a special occasion.|
This was it!
|We ate in the garage this year. |
The kitchen/living room is not quite big enough anymore for all 19 people.
|The little people made these. The icing wasn't sticky enough and it was hard to get the houses to stay together. We finally succeeded.|
|Family time - opening gifts, having fun, and the entire contents of the toy closet scattered around the house.|
|Breanne & Mariah|
|For a diy gift, I turned these paper mache letters....|
|I've always wanted to try to make these little gingerbread men.|
This particular kind is vegan. But I don't think the niece was super-excited with these as a replacement for the marshmallow -snowman-topped cupcakes she couldn't have.
And some pics from earlier this month and last month....
|I looked for deer again this year, but no luck. The day after the season closed, four deer stood outside my kitchen window for a few minutes....just my luck! :)|
|It wasn't all in vain though, I got to see some beautiful sunrises!|
|Piper is still as crazy as ever. She would've laid here like this as long as I would've let her.|