Tuesday, January 05, 2010

There's no place like home...

...except Grandpa and Grandma's!

With our final weeks in Branson behind us, we headed the bus north -- but instead of stopping in Nebraska, we turned to Iowa for a much-belated Christmas celebration with Mom's side of the family. Even though it was past Christmas, they kept the Christmas tree lit, baked fresh Christmas goodies, and we all had a jolly good time!

Bethany and Grandpa have always been our 'puzzle-fanatics', choosing a new, large puzzle to conquer every Christmas season. But with Bethany setting up her new home in Virginia, we all suddenly decided to tackle a puzzle to carry on their tradition. In fact, with so many people working at it, we actually completed three!!

Yes, we all pitched in on this one and got it done in lightning-speed time!


And we also shared our final Christmas service. What a joyous season this has been! And a good reminder that those 'tidings of GREAT joy' are meant for more than just the snowy glow of the Christmas season. Rather, it is the hope we rejoice in for 2010. The strength that fills our hearts each day as we pursue that Savior, Christ the Lord!

Our little song-bird [smile]

And after a great weekend, we're back in the bus again -- and guess where we're headed!!?!

"Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
And let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns."
Ch 16:31


Anonymous said...

Home, sweet, home? :)
Blessing for a wonderful New Year!
the Jasters

Anonymous said...

Charisa - wow, looks like a fireman's pole at your grandparent's house!

Stephen - very good posture in the puzzle photo (I did wonder if that was natural or "posed")! OK, Rachel had good posture, too, it was just more noticeable for Stephen on the other side.

And Nathanael - that looks like quite the fancy crayon (or maybe it's a marker?)!

Woodsaw4 said...

where are you headed? The north pole ??? :)

Anonymous said...

Branson again!? :) You've spent alot of time there, and maybe your starting to get a little "homesick" for it again!

Anonymous said...


Bethany said...

Oh!!!! Looks like you all had a marvelous time!! I missed being there...I hope someone ate a chocolate chip cookie for me?!?! :)

Kori said...

Rachel, Rachel, Rachel... this post is missing a particular element...an essential detail...a certain person... the WOW factor! ...I think you and I both know what I'm talking about... :)

But it looks like ya'll had a wonderful time! I hope someone ate a chocolate chip cookie for me, too! :) ♥

Anonymous said...

By all the smiles, it looks like everyone enjoyed a wonderful and special time!
*Sara Smith*

Megan said...

Gotta love the PBC shirt that Nathanael is wearing! :-)

Anonymous said...

Where are you going? Let me think...Probably wherever the bus takes you, since I doubt you will walk.

Kenna said...

Looks like you had fun!

Annie said...

I'm guessing home? You all have been SO busy, I think you need a break. :)
In Christ,

Becca said...

I love the picture of Charisa singing. She is very cute.

Anonymous said...

Are you going to virginia?

Annie said...

Oh, somebody's being creative... I love the variation on the header, Rachel!
Smiling for Jesus,

Anonymous said...

I like the new header! :)

EricaT. said...

Hey Rachel...I just wanted to leave you a quick note to say - you are beautiful. You look absolutely gorgeous in the picture of you all smiling. Don't ever underestimate your worth in Jesus - it is huge!