On Christmas Eve...
chores were done in the barn and the house was made ready for the people we love most.
We went to the Christmas eve service and came home to anticipate a houseful coming at noon the next day.
Everyone had a part of the story from Luke 2 on their plates.
As the little ones arrived, they looked for their names and practiced their verses and we shared together the miracle of Christmas.
I borrowed my beloved's apron to make dinner.
Menno Apparel has a great assortment of fun slogans if you are interested.
After the Christmas story was read around the table and everyone had a full tummy ...
the dishes were stacked in the dishwasher...
and we took turns opening gifts that were specially chosen.
The girls all opened their new dolls.
The nighties were held up to see if they were long enough...
and then quickly tried on to be sure.
Smiles were captured.
Newly discovered (to him) candy called Lifesavers were pondered...
Boxes were delivered across the room.
One gift at a time...
Grandma was tutored on her new Ipad.
Lego and instructions were contemplated.
Dessert was enjoyed at the island.
The girls spent time coloring together.
Playdough meals were prepared.
The two littlest set up a necklace making shop.
At the end of the evening...
the boys just wanted some quiet time with Grandpa after a busy day.
It was all wonderful!
We are so blessed and thankful to have our family close by to love and enjoy and celebrate together.
all for now...