Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Pictures

Christmas has been celebrated for almost a full week this year -- interspersed with a wedding and extended dates in Branson, Missouri. But as Bethany and Dan were with us for some of the festivities, she captured a few pictures to share. (Yes, I really don't know what I'm going to do without her once the honeymoon is over, we say our goodbyes, and they head for Virginia!)

With all the changes, schedules, and adjustments, this has been a very different Christmas than in years past. Almost all our family's beloved Christmas traditions had to take the 'back-burner' for practicality sake. But more than ever, we rejoiced in the Lord's goodness, the gift of family, and treasuring the simple things of life.

We actually celebrated our family Christmas on December 23rd, as the newlyweds gave us a delightful surprise -- they took a day out of their honeymoon to surprise us and spend a whole day together!! We had such fun!

Daddy reading the Christmas story

Smiles!

A family tradition: the youngest member of the family gets to pass out the presents!

Notice Mom's creativity -- she helped the younger ones make a 'paper-tree' and ornaments for our one night at a Branson condo!

Sisters!

The sweet newlyweds

Swimming

As most everything in Branson was closed down around Christmas, we enjoyed an afternoon in a friend's swimming pool.

Swimming with Daddy

And yes! Kori visited us from Florida for a week around the wedding and for some of our Christmas festivities. Our family continues to grow and we are so thankful for each one!


"Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of
great joy
which will be to all people.
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:10-11

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like fun :)

Anonymous said...

Why isn't Dan wearing his wedding ring?

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun.

Kenna said...

Sounds & looks like ya'll had fun!

~Desiree~ said...

Looks like fun!! God bless y'all in the new year.

Jenna said...

Merry Christmas to you all, and Happy New Year! My whole family and I love reading your blog about your special family:) Keep up the beautiful work!

Blessings to you~
Jenna

Josiah and Abi Wissmann said...

Fun post...wish we could've been there in Branson! :( But we got in on the same 'Christmas festivities' as Kori!!! Where's our picture?! :D Love ya all!

Rachel Wissmann said...

I know!!! Abi -- I need a picture of you two! Unfortunately, I'm left without a photographer, so I only have use of the few pictures my dear, faithful Bethany has loaded for me!!! I'd simply LOVE to do a post about our new, quickly growing grandbaby and his/her wonderful parents! ;)

Love ya!

Josiah and Abi Wissmann said...

Rachel, I wondered if that was the case. Your photographer was pretty preoccupied that week of the 'Christmas festivities'! Oh well! We miss your photographer too! ;) Can't wait to see you! Love ya lots!!