Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

We are so grateful for the Good News and Great Joy of this day. We love you all and pray you have blessed day of drawing closer to Him.

1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised,(AH) he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Brunch with Santa

Our weekly story time was replace with brunch with Santa. The boys were fine with this. There was Santa and there were donuts and Grandma and Grandpa Hermie. All good things.

Walker wants a train table and Annie and Claribel (Thomas's passenger cars). Whew...Santa is in good shape. ;)
Notice someone missing? This year Eli is really fond of Santa, from about 10 feet away.



Donuts are fantastic.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Baby Brother Stateside

Pops and Grandma Jayne hosted a get together to celebrate Uncle Matthew and Aunt Elaine being home from Japan for Christmas.

Perfectly descriptive photo.

Matthew insisted on making weird faces.

Aunt Elaine caught up with Colin, who was a few days shy of his birthday the last time she saw him.


The Grandparents came.




The Aunt Came.


The cousin came.

The boys played.


And there were silly hats.
(I kinda really love the way my dad is looking over his glasses in this photo)


And many pictures were taken (obviously).

And it was fantastic.