A precious time with family… a time of rejoicing… a time of memory-making… a time to recall the goodness of the Lord.

This year we had the blessing of hosting some of Mom’s family in our home. A variety of activities transpired, from pulling turkey to cutting hair to playing music to taking pictures to a whole myriad of other things, including eating a delicious dinner. We were sad that not all of the extended family could come, but we thoroughly enjoyed fellowshipping with those who could.

We rejoice in the tremendous gift that the Lord has given us in grandparents/aunts/uncles/cousins with whom we share the common bond of Christ. Thank you, Conns and Mercks, for making the effort to come, and for all the sweet times of fellowship! We love you all!

Getting dinner readyIMG_3135IMG_3129


IMG_3159Getting a new hairdo :)Working on Christmas cards

"Cousin dogs" sharing beds - these two got along so wellEnjoying "chat" time

Games – some louder than others, but all equally enjoyed.

A rousing rendition of Pit! Hope no one was trying to take a nap.... ;)Another (more-civilized) game


Some activities create opportunity to have some close bonding time.

Taking a trip down the hill on the grass sledThe response to the previous picture

Enjoying a beautiful walk with wonderful peopleIMG_3708

IMG_3703IMG_3706Story time with cousins

Thanksgiving 2012