My Riendeer & Gifts

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Seeing our family does not celebrate our Christmas season with Santa, I was surprised to find these children playing a game at breakfast this morning. They placed red stickers on their noses to be Rudolphs, to pull Santa and his sleigh. I was cracking up! Never a dull moment.

We do teach our children about St. Nicholas and his part of history, but we do not play the Santa game. We do not want to take that attention away from the baby Jesus.

We do give our children each three gifts, reflecting the three Wiseman bringing baby Jesus three gifts. We attempt one gift to be a fun thing, another be something they wear or need physically, and a third be educational.

As our family grows, each year has changes. This year our children drew a sibling’s name out of a hat, and are being a “secret sibling giver”. They are excited, but haven’t been great with the secret part! LOL

Musical Sabbath

“My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.” – Psalm 71:23

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We started this Lord’s Day with a delightful choir singing Christmas specials at church. Our church usually does the Living, Singing, Christmas Tree – which Hunter was finally eligible to participate in this season. He was disappointed when he learned that there was not going to be one. I was so proud of him when he chose to still join the adult choir all by himself – and be the only non-adult! Brave, bold and praising The Lord.

Isaac also sang in the children’s choir. I loved listening to him practice around the house with his Ipod and headphones! I pray both boys continue loving to sing and worship ,
That they can continue to grow in voice skills and hopefully begin lessons again on 2014.

Irv treated us to a surprise lunch to celebrate, and Hunter chose Panera. Yummy and I was grateful for an easy lunch!

The three older boys had a Christmas piano recital also this afternoon. We made a quick departure for the senior living center , whose residents greatly enjoyed the performances. I have made multiple attempts to load the video but it isn’t working.

This was Isaac’s first recital, starting piano at age 7. He did great! This year is Ving and Hunter’s 8th year of piano! Ving is requesting to stop, continue with guitar and possibly consider keyboard for worship music. We are providing him with a goal oriented discontinuation, so he may retire his piano season in February after Federation recital. Hunter will continue through this year and hopefully next as well….

I’m thanking God for the provisions to take in-my-home music lessons! So grateful.

Girl Night

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Happy 9th Birthday to sweet Kiya! Eden Grace and I enjoyed a fun girl night with Manicures, dinner at Red Robin and ending with watching The Sound of Music.

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We love Kim and Kiya, and are blessed to call them family! What a lovely Princess of The Lord, Kiya is. I am excited to see all God has in store for her. I can’t believe it has been nine years since I watched her enter this world and breath life. God is faithful, awesome and good.

Painting Date

The boys ask frequently throughout the year, “when will we get to go to the pottery place again?” Today was the day. This is our third year going on the Color Me Mine field trip and we love it. We enjoy using our pottery throughout the year at home, and we are excited to add five new pieces to our collection. The four boys painted a mug, and I painted a bowl to be used for cereal or soup for the girls in the house. The inside has a stamp of a princess crown and reads “Princess of the Lord”, I’m excited and Eden will love it.

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Afterwords, we walked in the plaza and had our traditional lunch at Japanese hibachi restaurant. The grand finale was to our favorite store, Savers.

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Snow & Sunshine

What a beautiful day The Lord made! The sun was shining and fresh fallen snow weighted the tree branches.

We have three little people with a tummy bug, so our schedule changed a bit today. Little people had a sick /snow day and the Biggies were diligent students.

The baby was super fussy all day, but I managed to sneak outside during his only hour nap. My snow buddies were shocked that I owned snow pants! Ha!

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A gift from God, we have a special hill we built fall 2012 with approximately 90 loads of free dirt, and it is a huge blessing to have in our yard! Today it took multiple trips,
but we were able to get the sled trail run packed and going.

Eden Grace had a special Cheerio ring she made at Gopher Buddy group last night for the birds. She explained that it is to teach her patience. She said she had to be patient to make it and she will have to be patient waiting for the birds to eat it! After she hung it on the branch, she pouted and semi-cried that the birds were not coming. I laughed! We had another chat about patience. LOL.

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My snow angels are delightful…

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A pot of soup for dinner, more outside time with Daddy at night, a Christmas movie, and a successful run to Savers followed by late tea for me and a special friend …. A wonderful day unfolded!