Posted by: Lisa | January 2, 2012

Christmas 2011

Well, now that we’re in 2012, it’s probably about time to tell you about our wonderful Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚ Each year with the children just gets better and more fun. There are some traditions we started when Felicia was a toddler, and watching the activities grow and change as the children do, too, is just wonderful!

The week before Christmas found us wrapping up all the cookies the girls helped make so we could give them to friends as we caroled. This was the first year they were really involved in the baking step. Previously, they made an effort on a recipe or two, but this year the varieties were purposely chosen to be “kid-helper friendly”. As a result, there weren’t any gourmet recipes included on our cookie plates, but there was lots of love involved!

The gift giving got more fun this year as the children became more involved. Felicia wanted to wrap Joey’s new bottle, and set herself all up. Right in the middle of the kitchen floor as I made dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was too sweet to move!

Besides, she needed my help spelling Joey’s name out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also this year, the girls made each other gifts. It brought joy to my heart to see the light in their eyes as they worked hard. Natalie helped make a “rainbow crayon” for Felicia by melting broken crayons in a muffin liner in the oven. She felt very entrepreneurial!

And Felicia stayed up for a few nap times to help sew a baby doll dress for Natalie’s baby.

But as much fun as watching them make their gifts was, watching their eyes light up when their sister opened theย  gift they’d made her? Oh, that’s the stuff Mommy Memories are made of!

Now, I didn’t get any pictures of the meal, but that is a story and a half, all in itself! Knowing how the power comes and goes in Zambia, I’d made a timeline of when to cook which recipes, depending on what could be made ahead. The two days before Christmas Eve (when we did our “little” celebration with our friends the Pestkes) we didn’t even lose power. Then, Christmas Eve, it went off/on three times. I told Damon, “This off/on is fine as long as I have power from 4pm on.” He said, “Just be prepared, one of these times, it’s going to stay off.” He was right. At 4, it went off, and stayed off until 9:30! So we moved the party to the Pestkes at 6, got everything warming up, and their power went out at 6:30! So, we had the appetizers, and some meatballs and rolls. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not quite the typical celebration food you plan on, but it worked! Candlelit Christmas is quite nostalgic! Now our freezer is STOCKED with uneaten cookies (who wants dessert at 8:30pm?), and we had the rest of the meal on New Year’s. See, it worked out- two holidays for the effort of one!ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was blessed with some sweet gifts this year, but I’ll end this post with my most favorite gifts of all- the precious family God has blessed my life with!



  1. Christmas is such a wonderful time to make memories!! Your girls looked sooo cute in their crowns and princess outfits too. Awww…great photos and wonderful memories! ๐Ÿ™‚ HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I loved seeing all your pictures and hearing about your Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

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