Christmas Day at our home was festive and fun.
The kids had stockings to open. We ate a breakfast of hard boiled eggs and cinnamon rolls.
Then we lit our advent wreath and sang some Christmas hymns.
The kids enjoyed opening gifts from family and friends.
Our good friend, Beth, had lunch with us. We had a stocking and gifts for her!
Here she is helping the kids put a castle together!
Then we went to church at 4 p.m. Mikayla and I have been practicing with our church choir to perform the Christmas Cantata "Peace On Earth." It was a lot of fun and culturally enlightening.
Mikayla was one of the banner dancers for the song "Eternal One."
The cantata performance started around 5:30.
Then our church had a Christmas dinner. Rice, fried chicken, roasted pig, and many other good foods were served.
We are very blessed. Words fail to express how thankful and humbled we are that God our Father has called us into full-time missionary service.....
O Come All Ye Faithful Joyful and triumphant,
......Hail! Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him
Our neighbors next door have a pig tied up they bought from market for their Christmas feast.....
Christmas music can be heard outside....
the sound of two-stroke tricabs is less today......
there seems to be a bit less street activity today.........
even though it is still noisy outside it still seems a bit quieter today -
a time to reflect on the love of God our Father for sending His only Son Jesus Christ into the world for us....to save us from our sins so that we can one day spend all eternity with Him!!!!
"O come, Let us adore Him!"
Ben loves to play pretend.
Recently he received 'Army pants' from one of his Aunts and an army vest from a friend here.
In Kindergarten they've been learning about King David. For years I've been praying over Ben that he will grow to be a man after God's own heart like King David; a strong warrior and a tender hearted man. Ben is showing signs of both as he grows and develops.
So it was fun to see him playing "Army" - as in commando and yet he was King David!!! (Really, he has a sucker in his mouth, not a cig!!!)
Hi, Thought I'd share a more recent photo of us as a family!
Mikayla has really gotten tall this past year.
Kirsten and Ben have each added an additional inch or two in height also.
We've been through many changes this past year and we thank God for all our friends and family supporting us to be here!
Kurt and I really enjoy our work here. The kids are thriving and doing well. We thank God for His blessings. May all we do and say be to His Glory!
Blessings to each of you at this holiday time!
Kirsten loves to take photos. She has an artistic flair for pictures. I love to see how she captures the light, mood, etc....Enjoy the following sampling of her pictures.
We may have to get her her own camera some day!!!
(Below are photos we've taken of her!!!)