The 2019 Christmas Eve Recap

Over the past 15+ years, we’ve made it our tradition to gather together with the married young adults and their families on Christmas Eve, whoever can come. Amazingly, it’s worked out to be everyone.

With almost 30 of us, the house rang with laughter, talking, and much joy.

I love seeing the little kids’ excitement over their gifts to the other cousins and aunts and uncles. Little Benji slept with his gift for Mary (art paint pens!) for nights before Christmas.

It’s a blessing to have family who love each other and love being together.

Enjoy the peek into Christmas Eve!

Have a great Monday,

Breakfast buffet
Little Danny has taken a huge interest in making coffee and watching it brew.
Dad and Mom gave Abby, Betsy, and Tina gift cards to Hobby Lobby which meant a shopping trip with Grandpa and Grandma (scheduled for the following Monday, which yes, happened!).
Anna gave Betsy running shoes.
Benji excited about his paint pens for Mary
Danny was very pleased about this new ball; what you don’t see is all the other funny things he did with it, including falling over and holding onto it. He found a need to sit on it to keep possession of it.
Notice again the little kid’s excitement giving to the adult
Talk about cute
I think Danny was “helping” Jesse open a gift which Danny himself gifted.
Quite a group of kids.
Calendars for Dad and Mom from Nathan’s crew
Mary made this amazing gift for Joseph. Truly a labor of love.
John’s gift was in a tree, and he was amazingly creative in retrieving it. He knew where the ladder was, but that would have been too easy.
After John retrieved his present, we gathered for a light lunch.
We’ve outgrown one table when we’re all together, so we’ve added a second smaller one, and although tight, it works.
Some played games in the afternoon.
Dad and Benji
Then, in the evening, we had our Christmas dinner and Christmas program.

After dinner, we had our little Christmas “program,” started years ago by Grandad. Here’s the link if you’re interested.

“That the generation to come might know them, even the
children which should be born; who should arise and declare
them to their children: That they might set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:”
Psalm 78:6-7

Happy New Year, 2020!

January 1st, 2020, the beginning of a new year and a new decade. May we treasure each day as a gift from God and use the time He’s given us here wisely.

We’d love to know what topics you’d like to see on the blog; we value your ideas.

Happy New Year with love,
Steve, Teri, Sarah, Anna, Jesse, and Mary (plus all the wonderful married brothers and their families)

“… nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom
I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able
to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
(2 Timothy 1:12)