Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas

"All I know about Christmas, I learned from Jesus"

The above quote was written on a wall hanging my mother-in-law gave to me. Isn't it so true?! All that makes Christmas truly Christmas is found within the pages of Scripture! Praise God for the indescribable gifts He has given us in His Son, the Holy Spirit, and His Word!!!

It was a fun filled, wonderful Christmas together! We missed having my brother Andrew with us as well as my brother James, Kimiko, and Hannah...but so thankful that we will, Lord willing, be together this summer! My sister Kimberly flew up to visit with her husband Aaron and their adorable girls, Linnea and Natalie. And, of course, my brother Paul and brother David came up with his wife Michelle. Did I mention my parents, too?!:)

We were given a GIGANTIC 28 pound turkey for Christmas! Fitting it in a pan was a bit interesting...but eating it was just wonderful!:)A few of us also completed a couple of puzzles!

There were a couple of new games that we played. We really enjoyed Quiddler...a fun word game...but, if you looked around our house at any given moment on Christmas Day, the clear "winner" as far as games go was the game Wurdle. Just look for two heads both bent over the same Ipad...and you could bet they were fighting it out for the most words possible!:)
The gift of family is one of my most favorite gifts each Christmas and I am so thankful that we were able to share it with those that we hold so very dear!!!

Joyful Hugs and Faces

"Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Luke 12:34....May your heart be at home in Him always, and may His love bless your days with great joy."

Those were the precious words on a Christmas card we received this year from friends...and those are the very same words that, to me, sum up where our hearts should be at on Christmas and always!

As a believer, our hearts should daily be full of great joy as we medidate on God's great gift of salvation that has been given to us. For the joy that was set before Him (Jesus) He endured the cross so that we might be saved...and, in joy, we now live in that great reality! There is sweet joy in both the giving of gifts and for those who receive them, as well.

With that, I wanted to take a blog post and devote it simply to "hugs and faces". There were a lot of expressions of delight and many hugs given on Christmas Day as an overflow of the happiness that came from the gift that was given and received. My brother took oodles of pictures and did a great job capturing some precious moments!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Stockings and PJ's

Another tradition we have tried to keep going is opening PJ's on Christmas Eve. And, because we chose not to celebrate Christmas Eve and Day until the 26th and 27th (so that everyone could be together), we figured we could at least let the kids open their stockings!

Gingerbread Man Contest

At least 5 years ago, we started a new Christmas tradition...a gingerbread decorating contest. Each year, we continue to "battle it out" with frosting, decorations, and a creative concept...although, many of us feel that we do not have a creative bone in our body!

I'll let the pictures tell the story of our Christmas Eve contest and post the winners at the end!:)

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the kiddos!
1st (Kim), 2nd (Paul), and 3rd (Michelle) place for the adults!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Go Canucks!

Forgive me, in advance, if there is a tad bit of "over excitement" in this blog post! In fact, I can't believe it took me this long to actually document this on my blog!:)

The beginning of December, we had the amazing privilege of going with friends from church to a Canuck's hockey game. And if that wasn't fun enough...we sat in the FRONT ROW!!! When players checked each other into the boards, you'd think they were coming into your seat..and the sound of a puck hitting the glass right in front of you was enough to keep your heart pumping a bit faster for a few minutes!

But, it was just as fun after the game, watching to see if our faces made it on TV...or in the replays or pictures from the game!:) We did on all three accounts!:)

Thanks, Wilders, for many sweet memories that night that we will not forget!

If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you can see Sue, Bryan, and I on the left side. Yep, my mouth is wide open!:)