Snippets from Christmas

ChrBest (22)This year’s Christmas was jam-packed.  As has been our habit for the past several years, we did gifts just with our kids on Christmas Eve morning. We had a leisurely day of gifts, video games, and playing with new goodies.  Then in the evening we went to my mom’s and dad’s to celebrate with my siblings. Christmas Day was church in the morning, John’s family’s Christmas dinner in the afternoon, and a celebration with my mom’s extended family in the evening. We finished the partying with brunch at my mom’s the day after Christmas.  What a busy 3 days!


  1. Jacqueline Strawder says:

    What a lovely family! You are very blessed! Happy New Year!


  2. New aprons, I see! Looks like there will be some yummy treats coming from your kitchen in 2010. What a great way to bond with those kiddos!

  3. your family is beautiful. looks like a wonderful Christmas! i’m just starting to read through some of your posts, especially related to adoption. love them. we have 5 kids ages 6 and under. we just brought our little boy home from uganda. thanks for sharing some of your journey!

  4. Great pics of your lovely family.

    Have not commented in AGES but wanted to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year from Ireland.

  5. Looks like fun! Love those aprons!!!!

  6. Beautiful. All of it, beautiful. How blessed you are.

  7. Very nice….I got my older boys the Star Wars Minis that you recommended…my boys are looking forward to playing it…we also got a wii…which is why we have not played the star wars game yet…thank you SO much for that recommendation…I had NO IDEA what to get them before that!

  8. Merry Christmas to all of you! (Love the dollhouse! We did that for our girls years ago, and it is still a favorite.)

  9. Hi Mary! I have been a reader of your blog for a couple of years, but have never commented. I received your book “Family Feasts for 75 dollars a week” for Christmas. I just wanted to tell you that i am LOVING IT. I am already saving so much money. I have also already made two recipes, both of which my family and I LOVED. Thank you so much for such a lovely book. I am just amazed by all the wonderful ideas and recipes. I hope you and your beautiful family have a wonderful new year.

  10. love them all! especially the new aprons

  11. Beautiful pictures showing off a wonderful family.

    I love the photo of the little brother looking over the shoulder implying “wha ja git!wha ja git?” maybe because it’s just what our sons do, even now when they are in their mid-20s 🙂

  12. love the one with all of your daughters!