Monday, December 22, 2014

MeRrY ChRiStMaS!

Merry CHRISTmas from the Deputies!

Carl the Snowman
We built Carl the Snowman on a BEAUTIFUL day in December, only to have him melt about a week later. 
We currently have no snow AND... no Carl :(. 
We were loading up the car on a Sunday morning for church and Hayven says in a very deep, creepy voice:

"When we get home, I'm gonna kick that snowman! Time for fun, Fun, FUN!"

We had an Agape Feast at our church coffee house and Elias tripped over someones foot and got a deep gash on his forehead. We had it all bound up nicely. Then he decided to jump of the table and fell right in the same spot resulting in two black eyes, a swollen nose, and another egg on his forehead. He THEN jumped out of the car and hit it AGAIN on the curb on a Thursday night and hit the SAME SPOT a THIRD time!!! 
Needless to say, this wound it now on the way to being healed...

We stuck with our family tradition of making a ridiculous amount of sugar cookies and bringing them to every event we go to through the holiday season. Hayven's best friend was able to join us this year! It was very fun! 

A few Saturday's ago, the girl's CKC (Calvary Kid's Club) class went roller skating! It was a blast and the girls won some prizes for dancing the Hokey Pokey, and knowing how many wise men came to bring gifts to Jesus.  

We celebrated Hanukkah a few nights and thanked Jesus for being the light of the world and the worker of miracles. We watched some movies on the story of Hanukah and what it means to us today.

We also learned all about the Christmas Story in school! In our science class we learned about the properties of water and how it becomes a snowflake. We then proceeded to make snowflakes and had so much fun we got carried away! Our dining room is a beautiful winter wonderland!

We also had fun decorating around the house of a Christmas party we hosted for the women at the church.  

Christmas time is my favorite time to spend time laughing, snuggling, planning trips (which we are doing!!!), making cookies and baked goods, and reading and reflecting on the FACT that Jesus Christ,  the Word of God in flesh, humbled Himself and became a baby to be born in a smelly stable and to live His life here on earth just to be hated, ridiculed, and crucified by us and for us. He then rose from the dead and defeated sin and death! We now can have fellowship with God and forgiveness of sin thanks to Jesus Christ!

But this year we actually have plans for Christmas! AND LOTS OF THEM! 

Christmas Eve: We will celebrate Hayven's birthday at her best friend's house. Then we will head over the my mom's for our like 25+ year tradition at my Grandma's old home.

Christmas Morning: We will spend the morning here opening stockings, then we will go to Alex's family to celebrate with good food and family.

Friday: It will be all packing and cleaning because...

Saturday: at 3am we will be leaving to Detroit to visit my dad, step-mom and brothers!!!! We plan on being there about a week. 

Speaking of brothers, my littlest brother had open heart surgery and is still in the hospital recovering. Even though the news has been up and down, he seems to be recovering well. I am anxious to hold him and kiss him and tell him how much I love him!!

AND I have a Christmas gift for YOU! 
Leave me a comment with your email address and I will email you a song that I finally got recorded called "Immanuel"
It's specific for Christmas and I hope it blesses you!


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