Monday, December 31, 2018

Christmas Eve

This year since all of the married siblings had other plans during Christmas, we had a small family celebration with those of us that are still living at home.  We looked forward to time with all our married families right after Christmas, so we traveled to Iowa to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with our Grandma!!  

  Caroling several nursing homes where we have dear friends,  attending two church services with Grandma, playing games, taking naps, eating food and enjoying time together in her new apartment made the days fly past. On Christmas Eve we enjoyed the time with Grandma, had supper, went to  the children's program/candlelight service, and then had a small gift exchange full of smiles and laughter.

As is tradition in our house, we recited Luke 2, sang a Christmas carol and then the youngest passed out the gifts. 

Guess who was naughty and who was nice this year?! ;)
(Actually, they both were nice!)

I think one of the favorite gifts was a squawking, glow in the dark rubber chicken for Stephen and Nathanael from their sisters for when the house gets too quiet. I think two days later some people were ready to butcher the chicken! But it made it's way safely home and has made for a lot of laughs in the process. 

Isn't it wonderful to be able to set aside time to celebrate LIFE and GIFTS and FAMILY?! 
Both spiritual and physical!
He is the Way, Truth and LIFE. He is the ultimate GIFT, and because of His redeeming work in our lives we are a part of the dearest FAMILY, the body of Christ. What an incredible blessing.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." 
John 1:1-4

Friday, December 21, 2018

A glimpse into our Winter

The last couple of weeks we have thoroughly enjoyed a little bit more of a relaxing winter. Mealtime conversations, curling up by the fire in the evenings with a good book or games and of course the seasonal baking. During the day we tackle a variety of projects!

Stephen and Nathanael have been busy in the shop trying to get some amazing wood projects done before Christmas. (more pictures coming later)

Elizabeth and I have been redecorating our bedroom which has been a fun project that includes a lot of painting!

Time with family on the weekends...

...And a lot of adventures trying to get all of the Christmas shopping done!! There are other projects going on as well, but taking time to celebrate Christ's coming is such a special part of the year.

"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:11

Sunday, December 16, 2018

New Music Video

“Come adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord the newborn King!!”
We are absolutely thrilled to release a new music video to celebrate this joyous holiday season! We are so grateful for each of you and your love, support and prayers. CLICK HERE to see the video!

Also! We are having a *Christmas Special* on our collection of CDs. Head over to our website to check it out!!

A sincere thank you to Windmill Pines in Seward, Nebraska for letting us film this at their Christmas tree farm.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

"Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His footstool -- He is holy."
Psalms 99:5

Monday, December 03, 2018


Thanksgiving is such a special holiday! Setting time aside to get together as a family and simply be grateful for all of the blessings that God has given us. 

Most of our Thanksgiving memories are up at our Grandparents home in Iowa. Year after year grandma would fill all of the countertops and tables with food and we would eat to our hearts content while catching up with family. Since Grandpa passed away in January expierencing traditions isn't quite the same and this Thanksgiving we all missed his giant hugs and the sparkle in his eye.

Grandma is doing really well and has moved into an apartment in a town close to the farm. We are enjoying making new memories with her there, but it was so special to be able to go out to the farm for one more Thanksgiving Day. 

Grandma is absolutely amazing!! She starts prepping things days in advance and then gets an early start on the day to have everything ready.

Many hands make the work lighter! It is always a huge score when you make a recipe in the kitchen and it turns out just like hers!!

I could do a post on just the food that covers all the countertops and how Grandma knows everyones favorites and makes sure to have them all available. Then after the meal she sends leftovers home with everyone so that we can enjoy eating it again. We are SO grateful for the grandparents that God has given us! We love you Grandma!!

"That I may proclaim with the voice of
and tell of all Your wondrous works."
Psalms 26:7