Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas Eve Eve, the boys and Aunt went to look at lights while Hubby and I went out and then wrapped presents.

Christmas Eve Service
Went to the "Castle" where every blow-up Christmas decoration known in existence was on display.

See the goat in the manger?  Hubby had great discussion with L. about Baby Jesus in the manger.  Seeing these goats helped us picture what the first Christmas may have been like.

L on Christmas Eve.  Have a great one of M. too and I can't get it to post horizontally!

Outside the Castle
The boys and Aunt made candles.
Beautiful drive-tru display.  Definitely worth the time it took.

Gingerbread hot cocoa is amazing!

Opening stockings.  The boys took turns reading the Christmas story from Luke before we opened presents.

M was excited to get his Kindle

L thought it was funny he got bath gel instead of a Kindle (his came later).

I love this picture of Aunt!

Part way through opening gifts, J. crawled up on Hubby's lap...and stayed there a long time.

Making Christmas breakfast.

A walk after dinner.

Discussing the best route

My aunt & uncle, uncle and cousins from NC.  I made a traditional German dish - cabbage rolls for dinner.  The last of our Christmas 2011 celebrations.


  1. Great recap. I'm working on mine today! Love your Thirty-One apron :).

  2. Thank you for posting. I always enjoy your sharing all these special pictures.

    We missed being with you this year. I know how difficult it was for you. Remember, you're just a blink of an eye away from your Dad. Until then, If you will allow me, I'd be honored to try to fill those enormous shoes for him.

    Know that you are truly loved,

    Your stand in dad.

  3. What a lovely Christmas! Would you believe that the only Christmas lights and decor I saw was only that from my front window? Wow, I cannot believe how long I've been home bound, but very grateful that the pain is finally subsiding.

    Many Blessings for the New Year!


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