Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Holiday Highlights 2017

Thanksgiving In Ankeny, Iowa
We spent two short, but wonderful, days in Iowa with family. The delicious Thanksgiving feast, the hotel suite just steps away from an indoor water park, and a trip to Chuck E. Cheese were several of the highlights.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Christmas cards adorned the refrigerator this season. One of Griffen's friends commented, "No one should be loved that much." 😊

I finally discovered a use for this niche. I thought it proved the ideal solution for keeping little fingers off of gifts. But alas, Hot Wheels tracks connected together and swung overhead are perfectly capable of puncturing presents hoisted 9 feet in the air. 

There was our annual attempt at the J-O-Y picture.

'Twas the season for Christmas concerts. (Though I only captured these two pathetic pictures of the numerous events.) But due to my stunningly handsome eldest and the irony of Rhys as an angel, they must be included. 

Hopefully these video highlights captured what the pictures did not.

Despite sending out 100 Christmas cards this year, a note now exists to order 200 next December. Here was the official recap that was crafted and mailed to so many dear family and friends.

  We are so thankful for the many blessings of this past year and anxiously await God's continuing work in 2018! 

"Love the Lord, all you His saints! The Lord preserves the faithful... Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!"  (Psalm 31:23-24)