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I Love Christmas

Don’t you? It’s such a wonderful time of the year, and Christmas is my favorite holiday, celebrating Jesus’ birth!

I love extra-special family get-togethers and outings, baking times, spreading joy to others, Christmas music, shopping, and so much more.

For those who may be wondering, we decided not to do music for Walk Through Bethlehem and our own concert. The main reason being the time it takes to practice/prepare, and the guys’ have full work loads. So, this year, we opted not to, although we all miss it.

Love,
Sarah

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We went to a Messiah performance last night. Amazing! This was afterward (sorry no pictures of the concert due to not being a distraction to the musicians).
Joseph and Dashon Burton who was one of the four lead singers.
Joseph and Dashon Burton who was one of the four lead singers.
John got a selfie with Dashon Burton
John got a selfie with Dashon Burton

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for,
behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.”
Luke 2:10

12 Voices of Christmas | Memories That Last

Our family loves to find things that draw our hearts closer to Jesus during the weeks before Christmas. We would like to recommend one of those to you—The 12 Voices of Christmas by Back to the Bible.

At least fifteen years ago, maybe more, we listened to the 12 Voices of Christmas when Back to the Bible did it as a special radio broadcast in December. We enjoyed it so much that when they came out with it on a CD, we purchased that.

With the CD, we began a new family tradition. We would find an available evening in December to drive around Kansas City looking at Christmas lights while listening to the 12 Voices of Christmas. We continue to keep that tradition even though all our children are now grown.

Hearing the whole story of the events from Scripture surrounding Christ’s birth with an emphasis on Him being the Messiah from the perspective each of the key players, fills our hearts with joy.

For a period of time, The 12 Voices of Christmas wasn’t available at all, but now Back to the Bible has it as a free download.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

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“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son
is given: and the government shall be upon
his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6

12 Voices of Christmas Order

Alright, y’all. Sarah here. Here is the order you’ll want to listen to the audio.

  1. Gabriel
  2. Zacharias
  3. Elizabeth
  4. John
  5. Mary
  6. Joseph
  7. Angels
  8. Shepherds
  9. Anna
  10. Simeon
  11. Herod
  12. Wise Men

Joy and More Joy

Thursday, December 11th, arrived, a day that promised to be very joyful. After untold hours of music practice over the course of many weeks and six actual “pre-performance” concerts, the community concert day dawned. We were grateful for many answers to prayer. The weather was mild (no snow!), the lead singers were cold-free, set up went smoothly, and there was just enough room for everyone who came to the concert. Praise Jesus.

We set up and practiced in the afternoon. We’ve used this same location for all three years that we have had a community Christmas concert, and although they had construction blocking the main entrance doors, it still worked out great. A little after 6 pm, the first attendees arrived. What a joy it was to see so many we knew and some we didn’t know filter into the room. By the time it was 7, the room was crowded with many people, so Nathan and some others began to set up more chairs in the back. I love seeing my family work together.

You could feel the enthusiasm from the audience as my brothers and sisters opened with their upbeat rendition of Joy to the World. Interspersed between songs, we shared testimonies, and the little ones recited Scripture.

It was such a beautiful evening! We love to share Christmas joy, and talk about Jesus, His birth, and love for mankind.

It was hard to pick out just the right pictures for this post, so I erred a bit on more than less.

Love,
Sarah

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Dad, Mom, and I arrived a little early, and I grabbed their picture while we waited for friends to start arriving.DSC_6380DSC_6390DSC_6396DSC_6398

Christopher and Joshua played a little harmonica duet in the middle of a song.DSC_6403DSC_6413DSC_6425DSC_6417DSC_6421DSC_6443

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Wide angle from the front row.

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I was going to do a quick family picture for C&A, and Tina jumped in the shot. She was too cute to ask to not be in. I told you she has quite the personality: why miss out on a fun picture with your aunt and uncle? Then, the next collage happened. I wanted to get a picture of the almost-twin cousins, but getting two 2 year olds to stand next to each other after a long evening proved to be a little challenging, especially for Joshua. DSC_6646

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He was all done at this point.

DSC_6657DSC_6661Drew was tuckered out too. So sweet.

A very special thanks to each in the group who put so much time and effort into the concert.

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Jesse: Mr. Creativity, group leader, song arranger (we’re talking no sheet music), plays keyboard, sings

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Joseph and Elissa: Joseph plays guitar, play mandolin on one song, sings lead/Elissa plays guitar, rhythm shaker, sings harmony

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John: Banjo guy, all-around-lively-guy, offers moral support (as in keeps everyone laughing), sings

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Anna: Plays fiddle, sings lead and harmony

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Mary: Plays bass, sings lead and harmony

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Me (Sarah): Photographer 😉

“But Mary kept all these things,
and pondered them in her heart.”
Luke 2:19

Family Times at Christmas

We had some special family times around Christmas. I particularly enjoy watching the little ones and seeing their enthusiasm for life.

Sarah

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Anna and Tina
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I did something different this year. I made my to/from tags with pictures. I found Joshua looking at them. Pretty cute.
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Bethany bought gifts for us with her own money. It was so sweet.
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Joshua received a ball from his cousin.
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Abigail gave each of the SAM aunts a solar-driven flower. It waves its “arms” when it’s in the sunlight. She also bought them with her own money.
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The uncles received a waving snowman.
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A gift we all enjoy each year is a calendar of pictures Melanie puts together.
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Mary made GiGi handmade cards she can use throughout the year. It was a delightful gift.
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Another great gift: something for Grandad to hold.
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One of the picture to/from tags. Joseph and I were a team, thus, we’re the from ;).

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Mary and Christina
Mary and Christina

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The guys made Christmas breakfast: sausage gravy and biscuits.
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Joseph, Jesse, and John
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Mom working on Christmas dinner.
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We made cookies for the police force on Christmas Day.
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The girls had dipped pretzels the week before, and Joseph helped to wrap them.
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The finished product.

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Joshua is holding a very special item, which he calls his shed key. He was fascinated with his daddy’s shed key, always wanting to carry it around. Grandpa made a similar shed key (but a key to nothing ;)), and it was Joshua’s favorite gift.
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“And he hath put a new song in my mouth,
even praise unto our God:
many shall see it, and fear,
and shall trust in the LORD.”

Psalms 40:3

 

Cabinet Polishing, Cleaning, and Other Projects

To begin our Christmas celebrations, we decided to do family projects on Monday, the 23rd. Our first project was to polish the cabinets at our house. Not very exciting, you might think? Well, we had a blast talking and laughing as we worked. I thought it would take us awhile, but we did the entire kitchen, which has a lot of cabinet surface area, in about thirty-five minutes. Fast progress!

After that, we girls dropped in at Melanie’s to clean their house. Each of the aunts got a helper (three aunties and three nieces!). Bethany was mine for awhile, and I enjoyed her enthusiasm. At one point, she was squirting the side of the bath tub and wiping it off. In her sweet voice, she asked me, “Do you like to clean with little children?” (Of course I told her I did.) So precious.

The afternoon’s project was to work at Joseph’s house. We cleaned, polished cabinets, installed shelving, painted, and hung temporary blinds. When we were through with that, we girls got busy with Christmas baking for the next day.

Many hands equal the Maxwell team!

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

One must begin with the necessary tools.
One must begin with the necessary tools.
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Mom
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Some cabinets require more than being on a chair.

On to Nathan and Melanie’s:

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Bethany “cleaning” (no chemicals in her bottle).
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Bethany and Sarah

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Abigail helping to dust.
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Anna, Bethany, and Abigail
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Abigail wanted to write a note for her daddy. She figured out what she wanted to write and did so. Very sweet.
Mary and Abigail
Mary and Abigail

Last, we went to Joseph’s house:

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Jesse working on shelves.
Sarah polishing cabinets!
Sarah polishing cabinets!
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Joseph, Anna, and Jesse
Anna hanging temporary blinds
Anna hanging temporary blinds
Mom polishing the wood floor
Mom polishing the wood floor

“Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land,
and verily thou shalt be fed.”
Psalms 37:3

Making Sugar Cookies with the Nieces

The Saturday before Christmas, Mary and I babysat the little girls while Nathan and Melanie enjoyed a Christmas date. Our afternoon consisted of wrapping presents, listening to Christmas music, making and decorating sugar cookies, playing together, folding clothes, and more! The girls loved decorating the sugar cookies and each had her own special flair to the decor of her cookies. We had a blast together and have many wonderful memories from our time!

Serving Jesus,
Anna

Bethany decorating cookies
Bethany decorating cookies
Mary, Anna, and the Little Girls
Mary, Anna, and the Little Girls
Mary and Christina
Mary and Christina
Abigail and Bethany
Abigail and Bethany

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“For unto you is born this day in the city
of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:11