Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Day Snow Play!!!

After the Little Boys woke up from their nap, we took them outside to play in the snow. We had SO MUCH FUN!!!
Caleb said "Look Mama! Caleb is a Snowman!!"
Daddy trying, without any success thanks to our cold dry snow, to build an actual snowman.

But Jonah loved taking it and throwing it at his brothers... Oh, the joy of clobbering people with snow!

Kicking it proved to be a lot of fun for Noah
Sweet smiles from Jonah Bug
Handsome Caleb

Our Boys... Christmas Day ~ 2008

Christmas Morning Joy!

I was blessed this year to organize a program I lovingly called 'Operation Christmas Morning Miracle' where our church, with the help of many other churches, was able to give a few needy families in our community their own Christmas Morning gifts. We gathered their wish lists, and together made sure that when they awoke on Christmas morning, they would be able to enjoy the same blessings that we have. Throughout the month of December, Caleb, Noah, and Jonah have seen multiple people coming to our home to drop off gifts for these children, and their parents. Each time, we had the opportunity to remind the boys that these gifts were not for them, but they were for our friends, so we could share Christmas with them. I was rather impressed with the way, even our two year olds, were able to see all the toys, and know that they were "no touch.. toys for friends", and how Caleb began telling everyone that "Christmas is all about giving. And baby Jesus." My heart would swell when I would watch them joyously talk about giving, and see them just beginning to grasp this concept that we value so much, and want to instill in them. When Christmas morning arrived in our own home, I found myself overwhelmed with joy at the abundant gifts we have, not simply materialistically, but the gifts we have and enjoy all year round. It is easy to get "wrapped up" in the toys, and the goodies, and it IS fun, that's why we do it! But to remember that it is about giving, about sharing... Because that is exactly what we are celebrating. The Gift, that God Shared. And we celebrate because of Him. So, I pray that you, too, enjoyed your own Christmas Morning Miracles, in remembrance of the first Christmas Morning Miracle ~ Jesus.
All is Calm... All is Bright....
Not so calm... But awfully bright!
Thank you Auntie Kai and Uncle Kevin!!!
Thank You Grammy and Ronpa!

Thank You, Papa!!!

Lea is pretty sleepy after all the unwrapping!
We give our love and thanks to all of you who gave our boys so much this Christmas, and throughout the year!

Christmas Eve

After our Christmas Eve program at church, I remembered that I had wanted to get a family picture of us... the goal was to get it in front of the tree in the pretty sanctuary, but we were in a rush, and the church was locked up. So, this is as good as it gets this year... ;o)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Walking In a Winter Wonderland

10th Ave.

First Baptist Church, Lewiston Idaho

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Innocent Until Proven...


Hetty, We love you. And we are so thankful that your parents laughed, and grabbed their camera, too. One of the many reasons they are our friends. *Wink*

The Perfect One

Christmas Tree ~ 2008

Noah, Caleb and Jonah

In awe...

Ready for Christmas Morning....

Friday, December 5, 2008

Happy Birthday, Matt!

My favorite moment yesterday ~

I sent the boys in to wake Matt up, and wish him a Happy Birthday. Jonah burst into the bedroom, jumped up on the bed and shouted:

"Wake up Daddy! Happy to YOU!!!"

Yes, Matt, a very Happy to you. We love you so much.