Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas = Peace on Earth (at least at our house)

Christmas Eve we really slowed things down and spent time together and with the Christmas story.  It was amazing.  We talked about giving Christ a gift and had everyone write down what "sin" they wanted to give up this year and give it to Christ.  The story that inspired this is found in the Book of Mormon, Alma 22:18.  The gospel is being taught to the King of the Lamanites and he believes and wishes to give up all his sins to know Christ.  After we wrote them down we put them in the tree.  We enjoyed a quiet evening together.

(We tried for a family pictures, but it was windy and chilly so this was my favorite.  We will try again in a few weeks)

However, the best part came the next day.  It was the most peaceful day I think we have had in years at our house.  There was no arguing, raised voices, unkind comments, disrespectful attitudes or words, etc...  We had a perfect Christmas (except we miss family).  The children showed gratitude for their gifts and of course their excitement for receiving.  I hope we will be able to enjoy more days like this again.

As usual Jason can only run one camera at a time, so all pictures are later in the day when we are just enjoying Christmas.


Jason purchased a few shotguns for himself for Christmas.  I think he is getting ready for all the hunting opportunities next year.

It was a Good Day!


Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas to Teachers!

The teacher gifts are finished and out the door.  I thought I would share what we did this year.  We made coasters using this tutorial from Shanty-2-Chic.


I love this saying and it works awesome for male teachers, if I had access to better fitting blank merchandise I would have made a shirt or a ball cap.

Merry Christmas to all the Good Teachers out there!  Thank you for teaching our children.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Our Final Installment

The final installment to our family will be.....


A BOY!!!!

We are excited and looking forward to his arrival in April.