December continued to be a busy month, filled with lots of activities and festivities leading up to Christmas and New Years!
This year mom felt there was an appalling lack of nativity scenes around here so we bought a simple set, Dad set up the lights and Daniel built a stable for it!
Not too long after that we had the Kellers, a couple from church, over for lunch and fellowship! We really enjoyed vising with them and getting to know them better-they ended up staying till near dinnertime!;)
A sweet picture of Daddy and Mommy from the evening....
At the beginning of the tour they take a complimentary picture, so here we all are with Opa! We all enjoyed having him there, especially the little ones!
Some friends from our old church invited us to go pack shoe boxes with Operation Christmas Child, so the five eldest went and we all had a great time working and visiting! Our team was all girls, except for Ryan, Daniel and Isaiah, who we were all grateful for, as we needed heavy lifters and they kept the experience full of good humor and lively!;)One Sunday evening, the Orange Circle (a few blocks from our church) was having a Tree Lighting Ceremony, so several of us went to that before having the regular service!
The next morning was our church's Christmas program! The young people had been preparing for it over the months and it went very well! Unfortunately we didn't get any pictures during the performance!
We had a fun surprise visit from the Chrispens later that evening, and enjoyed pizza very snugly seated, around the table!;)
Finally the time had come for Opa's annual visit, and this year he came and spent Christmas Eve Day with us!
As time was ticking away, we had to get going to the Candlelight service and Opa would be leaving soon, so we said a quick goodbye with lots of hugs and "Merry Christmas's!" After that we all jumped in the van and headed to church! The service consisted of the singing of several Christmas hymns, the reading of the Christmas story, remembering the Lord, and as the men handed out and lit candles, we closed with Silent Night.:) It was a really special time!
Before we knew it, Christmas morning came! We spent a nice cozy day at home, and watched some of the movies Dad had gotten as gifts. We also opened our stockings which Daddy kindly fills for us every year! We didn't really get any pictures, but that's just how some days are-lots of fun and no pictures!;)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.