What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


How was everyones' Christmas? I hope it was lovely and sweet, every minute of it.

Ours on the other hand~ not so much.

Since Christmas Eve, it has looked very much like this, as a matter of fact.

Which seems wonderfully serene, except that when it doesn't look like that, it looks like this:

Christmas Eve was wonderful. My sister hosted this year to give me a break since we just moved. It was grand.

The beautiful hostess~

Later that night, however........Matt spent the night throwing up and the children spent the night coughing up lungs and I spent the night running from room to room... to room.

I LITERALLY woke up every single hour after 1 am. No, I am not exaggerating.

Christmas Day Matt was still feeling awful so I took the children to church by myself-to one right down the road- while he slept. I wore the shawl that I crocheted (but must still blog) with a red dress and felt very Christmasy. The children were angelic in church. (Still praising God for that Christmas gift!) That night we went to his parents' but by then I started feeling pretty bad myself. I took not a single picture there.

Matt had Monday off and what should have been wonderful family time, ended up being us sprawled on couches and cringing every time we had to swallow or in my case, move my head. We still aren't well, so finally, I screamed UNCLE!! and decided against doing the 12 Days of Christmas this year. Bummer too, boy did I have plans....

Here are a few pictures from our Christmas, in no particular order.

My brother makes THE BEST truffles ever. And this year they SPARKLED!

This is for Cameron. Who says, whenever I bring out my camera, "We'll be seeing THAT on the blog."

I post the above picture for the sole reason that he is almost out of that outfit and I remember when Raggedy Andy wore it.

(In lieu of a mantle, I brought in an old handmade ladder from the barn. Matt had to practically cut in half to fit.)

Is Judah the same size as Adele'? Why YES. He is!

For two years Corynn has been begging for me to buy a coconut. She got it in her stocking.

Andrew got a starfruit but graciously shared it so that everyone could have festive breakfast plates.

Some of the homemade gifts included:

plantain salve in an herbal medicine basket
Button napkin rings made by Adele' and Corynn:

Garlands. By EVERYONE.

The children on my side of the family, since there are SO many (a happy predicament indeed!) draw names. Corynn got her cousins name, who just HAPPENED to be getting a kitchen set for Christmas. She made her felt food for it. I think she covered all major food groups.

Andrew also drew a girl cousin and decided to make a necklace to go along with a teddy bear. He enjoyed necklace making so much, he couldn't stop!

And for my new nephew I made a Peter Rabbit sweater. I know, I know. The same sweater I always make. But his Mama always admired my childrens' sweaters and I thought she would appreciate one of her own. I made it with same coloring as Judah's for no other reason than it mimicked Peter Rabbit well, so it went well with the book I got him.

I also made a hat which was HUGE and finished it with just minutes to spare so I didn't get a picture of it.

Sick or not, Christmas is still the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.

God gave Himself Flesh in order to give everlasting life. For us. And our children. And our childrens' children.
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