Sunday, December 14, 2008

More Advent Activities

Here are a few more pics of our Christmas activities...

Dec 11- Hang Christmas Stockings (forgot to get a picture of this)

Dec 12- Botanical Garden Lights

Dec 13- Shop for Mommy's stocking stuffers (it's a surprise so I don't have pictures...)

Dec 14- Make a Gingerbread House

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Please Pray!

Our friend Amanda has been waiting for her daughter Flor to come home for over a year now. Please join us in praying that the Guatemalan government would let her out of PGN NOW! Flor's b'day is coming soon and I know Amanda would have loved to celebrate her 4th b'day at home, in Alabama. When you think of it, please say a little prayer that she will be home soon!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December 10th

Today we made cookies for our church staff.

Fern really enjoyed helping make the cookies and then eating them when we took them out of the oven.

BUT this is what happened when she realized we were leaving the cookies at church and we weren't staying. I'm not sure if it was leaving the cookies or leaving church that made her cry, but she did just that for about 15 minutes.
I guess she doens't quite understand the giving part...

Advent Conspiracy

Our church has been doing a sermon series called Advent Conspiracy. The goal is to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All. The Brook, as a church is collecting a special offering for Living Water International. Our small group collected money to send to Amor del Nino. This is the home Fern lived in before she came home to us. We wanted to do something special as a family. One thing we decided is that we want to teach our children the reason we celebrate Christmas, Jesus' birth, and not just about getting presents. We started out with an advent calendar that contains different activities for us to do as a family. Here are the first 9 days of December...

12/1- Color a picture for Nana & Pa

12/2- Color a picture for Abby & Bob

12/3- Color a picture for Papa Joe & Gran

12/4- Taken canned food to the WAFF Can-A-Thon,

12/5-Toys for Tots

12/6- Christmas Parade-it wasn't that great so no pics...

12/7- Visit to Santa-Have to scan it in...

12/8- Set out our nativity

12/9- Watched a Christmas movie together

I'll post more pictures when I upload them from the camera. Fern is so excited to open the boxes each day.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Trying to catch up...

I can't believe how fast time is flying! Let's see, we went to Nashville a couple of weeks ago, because I had the bright idea that we should go see the ICE display at Opry. While it was really cool, it was really COLD and a really stupid idea to take the kids. Here's a few pics of that adventure...

As you can see, Bill was the only one having fun.

The girls were only happy when we were in the warmth of the mall.