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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas news & pics

In case you didn't get a card/ letter/ photo from us, or if you only got one picture, here are both of the pictures that were sent out with our Christmas letter. We had wanted to get family photos done, but we just ran out of time to get them taken with our friend. So you get snapshots for now!

You can use the above link to find our newsletter. I couldn't get it to post and save here any other way! I hope you can open it. If not, let me know and I can email it to you!

We wish you ALL a very Merry Christmas! We hope you spend time with those you love, get a little spoiled, and remember that Jesus came to earth as a baby to live and die for YOU! What a great gift to celebrate this Christmas! 

I will not post much or at all next week because we will be out of town visiting family!
 I'll be back in the New Year!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas dress

Did you see the dress on Bethany in yesterday's post? Here it is again!

Here are all three of my girls in the same Christmas dress, different years. This is one of the fun things about having children of the same gender. I bought this dress at a store that is not in town anymore, for Rebekah for Christmas in 2001. It is a dress that I saved in my special box for my kids. I have loved it on all three girls! Rebekah even wore it in her Christmas pictures when she was 2 1/2!
Rebekah -Christmas 2001
Mallory, Christmas 2008

Bethany- Christmas 2010
 Aren't they sweet? I love it! Enjoy!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve to you all! :-D

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday!

Well, almost wordless! Here are some new fun pictures...
A row of heads!

Sweet Bethany by our tree...

Most of our family by the tree after church
 on Sunday. The big kids got dressed too quickly!

Christmas traditions

*This was yesterday's post... our internet was out... so you get a double-feature today! Enjoy!

Our decorated Christmas tree
Hey- who hung ornaments on my sweater?
I was thinking about some of our Christmas traditions and how some of them got started, and how we've built on some traditions from year to year. My sister got married this year and is starting her family, and it made me think about traditions that we've liked and could possibly suggest.

Here are some of our things that we do each year in December, in random order...

-drive to see Christmas lights in different neighborhoods around town (we did this growing up, my dad loved to do this with us kids!)
-bake several kinds of Christmas cookies and treats (both of our moms did this!)
-watch "Polar Express" after opening new pajamas for the kids, on Christmas Eve (while drinking hot chocolate!)
-make paper chains for the Christmas tree that are red & green paper stapled together
-make ornaments for the tree (holiday craftiness is fun!)
-buy a new ornament for each child for each year, and when they move out they get to take them all with them!
-decorate the house together for one Saturday in early December
-go to the Parade of Lights together in our town (also one Saturday in early December)
-watch Christmas movies together as a family: A Christmas Story, Elf, Veggie Tales, Charlie Brown's Christmas, etc., Joshua and I love to watch "Mixed Nuts"...
-take the kids to the $1 store so they can buy gifts for each other...
-Make gift tags
-Make and send Christmas cards with a Christmas letter

Caleb got more comments on his helmet
during the parade of lights this year!
Wouldn't be a Colorado parade without a tractor! 
What are some of your Christmas traditions for your family? What are things you HAVE to do EVERY year? I'd love to hear about them... Hopefully I didn't forget too many of ours!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Eternal Gifts

I have a new favorite Christmas song! I read about it on Twitter, and went in search of it. It is sung by Leigh Nash, who was the singer for a group called "Sixpence None the Richer." The band name is from a line in the book, "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis. The band "Sixpence" is popular for their songs, "Kiss Me" and "There She Goes". Sixpence has split up, and Leigh Nash is recording some on her own. She released a Christmas album in 2006 called "Wishing for This", which I just discovered this year, and I like two songs from it, the title track and "Eternal Gifts". She has a different voice, but I like it! I hope you will too...

Have a listen here:
Just click on the song in the box on the right side of the page.

6. Eternal Gifts
(Originally performed by Kate York)
Santa knows what I want for Christmas
but Jesus knows what I need
it can't be purchased wrapped up and placed
under an ephod tree
I need patience, kindness - virtues like these
to bend on my knee at the manger

Santa may bring these that last for a year
but eternal gifts come from the Savior

some days come where I'm playing selfish
I can't think of no one but me
then I think of all that I'm blessed with
and that's always best to give than to receive
I need faithfulness, love, generosity
to open my home to a stranger

Santa may bring things that last for a year
but eternal gifts come from the Savior

I need patience, kindness, generosity
to bend on my knee at the manger

Santa may bring things that last for a year
but eternal gifts come from the Savior

[ Instrumental-Bridge ]
Santa knows what I want for Christmas
but Jesus knows what I need

It really speaks to me, about the gifts that I really need this Christmas, such as patience, generosity...It actually gets me a little teary-eyed... Enjoy!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Chocolate covered pretzels!

So I thought I'd share another one of our favorite Christmas recipes with you, in case there are some who don't know how to make these. They are SO yummy! It's actually not really a recipe, just steps to follow. It's so easy!

First, at the grocery store, most stores carry something called "Almond Bark" or "CandyKwik" or the store brand "Bark Coating". Here is a picture of the package:

 So I take the bark coating out of the package one half at a time. This package has twelve squares of chocolate in it, so I take 6 at a time and dump them into a microwave-safe bowl. The melt it for 2-3 minutes. When it is creamy and easy to stir, just dump in the pretzels. You could do either the pretzel twists, as I have, or the sticks. You can use this to dip pretzel rods in also.

Then when the pretzels are coated, take them out of the chocolate with a tongs or spoon. Place them onto a tray or cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Let them dry, and put them into a container. I made three cookie sheets worth with the package of Bark Coating that I bought.

See, it is easy! That's all there is to it! If you want, you could add some festive colorful sprinkles to it, but you don't have to. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cheese Fondue recipe

One of our newer traditions at Christmas is to make cheese fondue on Christmas Eve and share it with family. We've got several fondue pots amongst Joshua's family, and everyone brings food to dip. Here are some things we like to dip: browned steak, crusty bread, apples, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, green pepper, etc., We also like to make chocolate fondue for dessert, and in that we like to dip: apples, strawberries, bananas, oranges (Clementines), blueberries, graham crackers, marshmallows and sugar cookies. YUM! And beware, it is always a mess, especially with kids- but OH SO GOOD!

Mallory enjoying the chocolate fondue last year...

Here is the cheese fondue recipe that we've used, found in Better Homes and Gardens NEW Cook Book (copyright 1989):

3 cups coarsely shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese (12 ounces)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 glove garlic, halved
1 1/4 cups dry white wine (can subs. 1/4 chicken broth or water for 1/4 cup of wine)
1 tablespoon kirsch or dry sherry
Dash ground nutmeg
Dash pepper

Bring shredded cheese to room temperature. Toss flour with cheese; set aside. Rub inside of fondue pot with garlic halves; discard. Set pot aside.

In a medium saucepan, heat wine of medium heat until small bubbles rise to surface. Just before wine boils, reduce heat to low and stir in cheese mixture, a little at a time, stirring constantly and making sure cheese melts before adding more. Stirs until mixture bubbles gently (takes approx. 30 min.)

Stir in kirsch or sherry, nutmeg, and pepper. Transfer mixture to fondue pot; keep mixture bubbling gently over a fondue burner. Makes 5 servings.

For the chocolate fondue, they sell a dipping chocolate that we buy and just melt on the stove before we transfer it to the fondue pot.

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? Let me know if you've tried this before or if you try it soon! Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Well, almost wordless! 

Enjoy this video that the kids made to a Christmas song...

WARNING: This is about 3 minutes long, but SO cute!

Are they creative or what?! :-D

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12 Days of Christmas lapbook

Here is another one of our old lapbooks, but it is a great one! Rebekah and I made this in 2007, and it is another one that we love to look back at and learn from again. It is about the 12 Days of Christmas, the famous song. I'm sure most of you have heard it (we like the Muppets version a lot! :-D) but this lapbook teaches the spiritual meaning behind the song. Whether that is true or not, we enjoyed seeing how something secular could be tied into something Christian. I think we got it from Jamin's blog, found here:

This was a lot of work, but fun of course too! It was three file folders glued/ taped together. If you need more info on lapbooks, please check this post on my blog: here

But now I will just repost from Jamin for you, since we enjoyed it so much. This includes all the links you'll need to find the pages and print them. Hopefully all the links will work! (If not you can try to copy and paste them!)  At the bottom are our pictures-so scroll ALL the way down!

From Jamin: So in case anyone wants to make a 12 Days of Christmas Lapbook along with us here is all my research!

I have been working on putting together a lapbook for the 12 Days of Christmas.  I thought I would share what I have come up with in case anyone else wants to do it with their kids.
I first heard the Christian meanings to the song three years ago and have wanted to teach the kids about it ever since.  There is some question as to whether or not this song was originally written as a Catholic Cathecism in the 1500′s.  During that time in Europe the Catholic Church was being persectued.  Whether it was written with the intent of secretly teaching children about Christian priciples or that was added later, it is still a great way to teach our kids about the Christian faith! Now that I know about lapbooking I figured it is the perfect opportunity!
The meanings are here:
Day 1 – Partridge In A Pear Tree – Christ who died on the Cross for our sins
Day 2 – 2 Turtle Doves – Old and New Testaments
Day 3 – 3 French Hens - 3 Virtues (Fatih, Hope and Love) 1 Corinthians 13:13 (?) Gold Franckinsense and Mhyyr.
Day 4 4 Calling Birds- The 4 Gospels, Matt, Mark, Luke & John
Day 5 5 Golden Rings – The first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch:  1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy.
Day 6 – 6 Geese a Laying – The 6 days of Creation
Day 7 – 7 Swans a Swimming – The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1) prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, and 7) compassion (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)
Day 8 8 Maids a Milking – The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. (Matthew 5:3-10)
Day 9 – 9 Ladies Dancing - The nine Fruit of the Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness, 6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control.  (Galatians 5:22)
Day 10 – 10 Lords a Leaping - The 10 Commandments
Day 11 – 11 Pipers Piping – The eleven Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8)Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16).
Day 12 – 12 Drummers Drumming – The Twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed:
1. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth,
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord,
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell.
5. The third day he rose again from the dead;
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
7. From there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
9. I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints,
10. The forgiveness of sins,
11. The resurrection of the body,
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.
The 12 Days of Christmas in general:
And some clip art here:
Here is a worksheet where the kids can draw and write about the origins of the Song.
Draw and Write Worksheet:
Day 1 – Partridge In A Pear Tree – Christ who died on the Cross for our sins.
Coloring Sheet with John 3:16
Day 2 – 2 Turtle Doves – Old and New Testaments
I thought this would make a cute mini book or it would be nice to put them in a pocket so the kids could take them out and put them in order.
Old Testament Flashcards:
New Testament Flashcards:
We will also include information they have learned at Awana about the Bible.
There are 3 special names for God’s Book:
1. Holy Bible
2. Word of God
3. The Scriptures
God’s Book has 2 parts:
1. Old Testament
2. New Testament
There are 27 books in the New Testament
There are 39 books in the Old Testament
The Holy Bible has a total of 66 books.
Day 3 – 3 French Hens -  Gold Franckinsense and Mhyyr.
Gold, Frank & Myrrh Poem:
Day 4 4 Calling Birds- The 4 Gospels, Matt, Mark, Luke & John
Day 5 5 Golden Rings – The first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch:
Rorah Scroll Coloring Sheet
Have kids write the names of the books of the Torah.
Wiki info on the Torah
Day 6 – 6 Geese a Laying – The 6 days of Creation
Story of Creation Mini Book
Misc Creation Printables
Day 7 – 7 Swans a Swimming – The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:
Day 8 8 Maids a Milking – The eight Beatitudes:
Cut bees out of color paper and write a "bee" attitude on each.  punch a hole in each bee,  Stack them and make a fan type book by inserting a brad through the holes.
Day 9 – 9 Ladies Dancing - The nine Fruit of the Spirit:
Fruit of  the Spirit Fruit Tree:
Fruit of the Spirit Coded Puzzle:
Fruit of the Spirit Poem:
Day 10 – 10 Lords a Leaping - The 10 Commandments
Day 11 – 11 Pipers Piping – The eleven Faithful Apostles:
12 Disciples song
Free Printable Bible Trading Cards Printable Trading Cards
Day 12 – 12 Drummers Drumming – The Twelve points of doctrine in theApostles’ Creed:
Make a booklet and include the creed inside.
If you have any ideas or resources that would be good to include in this I would love to hear about them! 

Front of lapbook
Click HERE to get FREE booklets to print and use with this study!
Also you might want to make sure to click over to my original post on this.  There are a couple of good additional ideas in the comments. (end of Jamin's work- THANKS JAMIN!) 

Inside front left cover, 2nd folder closed
Inside left folder

Twelve days of Christmas mini-book open

Showing one of the 12 mini-books open...

Inside middle folder, showing #1-5 different mini-books.

Showing 3rd folder, #6-12 mini-books.

Back of lapbook, showing word search.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Praying for kids

Here is a neat prayer calendar to use when praying for your kids. It is nice because the prayers are geared toward a different character trait each day, and also because they are short! I have this tucked into my Bible that I use for daily devotions, and it is an easy guide to use for the day. I feel like most times I pray the same things over and over for my kids, you know how it is... please protect them, take away their sickness and bring them to full health soon, help them do well in school, etc., But this prayer calendar is  nice because it has something in their character to pray for, i.e. salvation, growth in grace, honesty & integrity, mercy, the Fruit of the Spirit, etc., I know I don't pray these traits often enough over my kids! So this is a handy guide that you can print and use daily too. My mom originally emailed me the article, I don't know where it was from, but this one is the same: (in a calendar format)

When I printed it, I printed it on one sheet of cardstock, in two columns, and folded it in half long ways, so that it is durable and like a bookmark. I knew I would use it a lot, as I am sure you will. If you've got cardstock, I advise printing on it for this prayer calendar. You can just copy and paste it into your own document!

I hope it helps you pray in a more detailed manner for the lives of your kids. Prayer is SO important!
There is one prayer for each day of the month, except the 31st. I hope you will use this!

1 salvation Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.(Isaiah 45:8; 2 Timothy 2:10)

2 growth in grace I  pray that they may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18)

3 love Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love through the Spirit who dwells in them.
(Ephesians 5:2; Galatians 5:22)

4 honesty and integrity May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.
(Psalm 25:21)

5 self-control Father, help my children to be like many others around them, but let them be "alert and self-controlled" in all they do. (1 Thessalonians 5:6)

6 a love for God's Word May my children grow to find Your Word "more precious than gold, than much pure gold; (Psalm 19:10)

7 justice God, help my children to love justice as You do and to "act justly" in all they do.
(Psalm 11:7, Micah 6:8)

8 mercy May my children always "be merciful, as [their] Father is merciful."(Luke 6:36)

9 respect (for self, others, authority) Father, grant that my children may "show proper respect to everyone," as Your Word commands. (1 Peter 2:17)

10 strong, biblical self-esteem Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are "God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:10)

11 faithfulness "Let love and faithfulness never leave [my children]," but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts. (Proverbs 3:3)

12 a passion for God Lord, please instill in my children a soul with a craving for You, a heart that clings passionately to You. (Psalm 63:8)

13 responsibility Grant that my children may learn responsibility, "for each one should carry his own load." (Galatians 6:5)

14 kindness Lord, may my children "always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else."
(1 Thessalonians 5:15)

15 generosity Grant that my children may "be generous and willing to share (1 Timothy 6:18-19)

16 peace, peaceability Father, let my children "make every effort to do what leads to peace." (Romans 14:19)

17 hope May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

18 perseverance Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to "run with perseverance the race marked out for [them]." (Hebrews 12:1)

19 humility Lord, please cultivate in my children the ability to "show true humility toward all." (Titus 3:2)

20 compassion Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion. (Colossians 3:12)

21 prayerfulness "Grant, Lord, that my children's lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to "pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests."
(Ephesians 6:18)

22 contentment Father, teach my children "the secret of being content in any and every situation...through him who gives [them] strength." (Philippians 4:12-13)

23 faith I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children's hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them. (Luke 17:5-6, Hebrews 11:1-40)

24 a servant heart Lord, please help my children develop servant hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly "as if [they] were serving the Lord, not men." (Ephesians 6:7)

25 purity "Create in [them] a pure heart, O God," and let their purity of heart be shown in their actions.
(Psalm 51:10)

26 a willingness and ability to work hard Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work hard at everything they do, "as working for the Lord, not for men." (Colossians 3:23)

27 self-discipline Father, I pray that my children may develop self-discipline, that they may acquire "a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair." (Proverbs 1:3)

28 a heart for missions Lord, please help my children to develop a heart for missions, a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvelous deeds among all peoples. (Psalm 96:3)

29 joy May my children be filled "with the joy given by the Holy Spirit." (1 Thessalonians 1:6)

30 courage May my children always "be strong and courageous" in their character and in their actions.
(Deuteronomy 31:6)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Free printable gift tags

Here are some cute gift tags that I have found this week to print. The first link is for Gooseberry Patch tags, that are kinda cute and country-ish.
Check them out here:
The cute tags from Giver's Log!

The next batch of free tags is from a cute blog that I've found recently, my friend Genevieve recommended it to me. The Giver's log has lots of free printables for gifts here:
But the gift tags are on top, and they are from last year. She may be posting new gift tags soon. Here are last year's cute "merry & bright" tags:

I really liked both of them and printed them out on cardstock in color. I'll also be stamping some, since it's fun to have a variety! I didn't have a large enough punch for them, so I just trimmed them with scissors. It worked fine too!

The whole Giver's Log is a fun site, lots of great ideas. I may be using some of them for gifts though! :-D
Enjoy crafting a little bit this Christmas!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Nativity lapbook

This is a Nativity lapbook that Rebekah made a few years ago (Dec. 2007) that I thought I would post here for you all to see. It is one that we look at each year at Christmas time.

I'm not exactly sure where I got it, but this is a link for it, where you all can go to print it.

I liked this lapbook because it has a lot of coloring for kids to do! Coloring builds strong hand muscles, which of course are needed for writing and cutting, amongst other things. But having my daughter color the pictures made it more fun for her than just cutting it out, and made the activity last a little longer, which is kinda nice too!

Here are the pictures:
the front...

the back- I love that she spelled Christmas
incorrectly! :-D

the inside-shows the layout and her coloring...

Mini-nativity coloring book open...

the Christmas story book open...

That's it! Pretty simple- just one file folder. But she can act out the story and play with it over and over again! And this is one story that is great to reenact! Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Well, almost wordless!

Mallory has been drawing a lot, the first one is me... The others are some "friends"...
Enjoy! :-D

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bethany's birthday party!

Since TODAY is Bethany's real birthday, I thought I'd post this about her party...

We had Bethany's 2nd birthday party this past weekend and it was lots of fun! We had a Winnie the Pooh theme, had three kinds of soup, bread, chips, and after gifts- cake and ice cream! (She got soy ice cream...) She seemed like she wasn't sure all of the party was for her. She tried to climb off my lap when we were opening gifts! We couldn't get her to blow out her candle. I bet she'll have it figured out next year! We can hardly believe she is already TWO! Where has the time gone?!
Bethany's Winnie the Pooh/ Hundred Acre Wood cake...

Bethany waiting for her chicken noodle soup to cool...

Opening gifts- a pretty dress from Grandma and Grandpa...

a cute outfit from the Kellums...

A Winnie the Pooh puzzle from Mom & Dad...

a tea set from Mom & Dad...

And ALL the kids helped open the big gift!

Bethany and her cousin Lydia try out her new tea set.

Trying to get her to blow out the candle! (#2)

Bethany ready to eat cake!

"Driving" her new car that Daddy put together for her.
Thanks Grandpa and Grandma!

It was a very fun party, though we missed some of the family that was out of town... Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Hot chocolate mix recipe

This is a mix that I make about every 3 weeks in our house during the winter. Caleb has a cup of this every day! We got this mix from Joshua's sister Allison several years ago for Christmas, and we liked it so much that we got the recipe. Turns out that it was from this website:

Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar


  • 6 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 (5 ounce) package non-instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup powdered chocolate drink mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. In a large bowl, combine powdered milk, chocolate pudding mix, chocolate drink mix powder, creamer, confectioners' sugar, and cocoa. Divide the mixture between two 1 quart jars. Seal, and decorate as desired. These can be stored in a dry area for up to 3 months.
  2. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Hot Cocoa: Dissolve 1/3 cup cocoa mix in 1 cup boiling water.

So try it out- we like it because it is not too sweet. If you want it a little sweeter, add 1/2 cup more powdered sugar. YUM! It is a great gift to give to a family or friend too!
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