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