Sunday, December 16, 2012

2 Months Down!

This morning the kids and I got up and celebrated that we officially have 2 months under our belt from this deployment. We can't start an official count down yet, but we're getting closer! Yahoo!!! Yay for milestones being completed!!!! 2 months is a long time, but thankfully by the Grace of God it's gone by rather quickly so far...praying the coming months are the same. We are making the most of our time and packing a lot into our days, but not so much that we feel run down. God is definitely helping us find a healthy balance of being busy and having restful down time. All of your prayers, emails, cards, packages, kind words, texts and phone calls have made all of the difference, especially on the days that are a little harder than others. I am so thankful and feel so blessed to have the love and support from friends and family!

While we were at church today, I was able to pick up the picture they took of me and the kids at Family Craft Night. Sorry it's just a picture of a picture. I have requested a digital copy (if it's possible) so that I can send it to Alex. :)

After church today, the kids and I ran to Walmart to buy some more Mason Jars and fabric. Tonight was Madison and Hudson's last AWANAS before Christmas and we wanted to make their teachers a little something to make them feel special and appreciated! My dear friend Kristin, who is The Domestic Doozie, has shared some of her fun recipes with me and I LOVE to make them. Today I made her Candied Chai Almonds and her Peanut Brittle.  Here is a picture of the Almonds all prepped and ready to be given to the teachers.

Just before we left for AWANAS, Madison and Hudson were hamming it up and Madison wanted me to take some pictures. Here is one of their silly pictures. Madison was trying to get Hudson to do his CHEESE face! :)

Tonight at AWANAS, the kids were suppose to be going Christmas Caroling to the Fire Station and then having Cookies and Hot Chocolate when they got back, but our lovely weather foiled the plans. So, instead the kids stayed in and watch a Christmas movie while having their cookies and hot chocolate! 

Because the kids had worked so hard this whole month practicing and getting ready for their caroling outing, they were able to perform their songs for the parents at the end of the evening. I recorded each song, but picked "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" to show you below. 

Today we opened Box #3: Joseph

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d] (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

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