Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Nintendo DS for Christmas

A classic Christmas show of excitement!

Socks for Christmas

Every kid's nightmare.

12th Day of Christmas

On the 12th Day of Christmas my Savior gave to me a great day to celebrate the Gift of Himself. His sacrifice and love and plan of Salvation are all wrapped up in this celebration. We had a great time today celebrating with our children, who woke up at 4 a.m.! Wowzers. Enjoy the photos and the videos. One fun note. The dog (named Tracker) that Tanner is holding is from Blake. When Tanner was born, Grandma and Grandpa Huene took Blake to get a present for Tanner and he picked out Tracker. Tanner has slept with this stuffed dog since he was a baby. He took it to summer camp this year and lost it. Well Blake bought another one on Ebay for him for Christmas this year. Tanner said it is his favorite gift.

Monday, December 24, 2007

11th Day of Christmas

On the 11th day of Christmas 2007 my savior gave to me the excitement of getting to move into a new worship room in the very new year! The room should be ready to move into on January 13th! We are going to call it The Cove.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

10th Day of Christmas

My Savior has given me this Christmas the peace knowing that my mom is with Him in heaven. This is the farewell slide show we played at her funeral.

9th Day of Christmas

Well I missed a day - yesterday I was exhausted and just forgot! So I'll post two today. On the 9th day of Christmas this year I am especially thankful for my whole family. This is my first Christmas without my mom, and at the funeral this fall it was so nice to share time with everyone, both my family and so many friends from years past. God really helped with some healing in a couple of relationships during this time too. I love this photo. Everyone is there but my mom (it was taken just before the funeral) and my brother-in-law Matt who is serving our country. All of Patsy's family has been so great during this time as well! We love you all!

Friday, December 21, 2007

The 8th Day of Christmas

On the 8th day of Christmas my Savior gave to me Snow! This morning we woke and the ground was covered with snow! OK so it was all gone by noon but it was still pretty. The boys built this snowman. More like a snow hobbit or snow gnome!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

7th day part b

Yes Tanner got one too!

7th Day of Christmas

God gave our boys a great Aunt Chris who gives them fun stockings for Christmas! He has given us so many great family members who we love and cherish.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The 6th day of Christmas

This is our elementary Children's choir. They sang this song on December 16th in "big church". The preschoolers also played the bells that day. I am grateful this Christmas that my savior gave me a great staff (Robin, Sharon, Pattie, Paul and Becky) leots of great volunteers and especially tons of great kids at church. "My other kids!"

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

5th day of Christmas

On the 5th day of Christmas I am reminded of the talented, beautiful, funny, outgoing, supportive wife God brought into my life 13 Christmases ago! I was lucky then just like I'm lucky now!

Monday, December 17, 2007

4th Day of Christmas

On the 4th day of Christmas my Savior gave to me 4 great sons! All boys. I am so proud of Blake and Tanner and how they have opened their home and hearts to David and Chace. sure there are brother moments but far and few between. They look after them and play with them and love them. What a great Christmas gift! They even pose with Santa with them, to "help them feel better" about him. I love this pic!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

3rd day of Christmas

On the 3rd Day of Christmas my savior gave to me two new sons, David and Chace, who can have a truly Merry Christmas this year. BTW - we meet with the adoption agency this Friday!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

2nd Day of Christmas

On the 2nd day of Christmas my Savior gave to me plenty of food, desserts, a great (and pretty) cook and spacious kitchen! :)
You gotta love guilt free eating during December!

Friday, December 14, 2007

1st day of Christmas

12 more days of the Christmas season left do I am going to do something a little crazy. I am going to attempt to post a video or picture each of the 12 days. Each one will have something I can say my Savior gave to me this year. So the first day my Savior gave to me David's first ever christmas performance, a great preschool, a great staff that works for me wassial! I do have a great recipe for wassial (which I doubt I will share).

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Merry Christmas from your Awana leaders card

Click on the title of this post (above) for the "Christmas card" we showed on December 12th to the kids in Awana! It was a great party!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Bridge

We started our new series in Kid Kove Sunday called the Gift. Sunday's main idea was that God gave the Most. I showed this clip from Godtube (see above link). We had a fairly emotional response from some kids - including my two oldest. I had some good conversations with Blake and Tanner afterwards, which led me to feel good about my choice in showing this video. The room was very quiet when we showed the video- pin drop quiet. My feeling was that sometimes the true story of Jesus gets so sugar coated and we take it for granted - even kids do. This was a real reminder or picture of what God actually did. It is unsettling, but sometimes even kids need to be "unsettled". In perspective I would say we showed this clip to the elementary aged kids and had surrounding discussion both before and after the clip. We had a lite and funny skit and a magic trick and a power point so it wasn't all "heavy". Needless to say this was not without controversy. Parents have been supportive yet concerned, which I appreciate. I am interested in the constructive comments you might have in my choice to show this clip. Also I urge anyone to watch this to bring back the true meaning of Christmas to all of our hearts! Any parents attempting to clean up after a children's pastor can also watch it and get a good idea of what we watched.
One other God thing about yesterday and this clip. Pastor Ott and I never talked but while I was showing this clip in Kid Kove he was telling the story in the adult service! It gives me goosebumps!