Saturday, December 28, 2013

Family Christmas

Exactly three weeks after our Family Thanksgiving, we gathered again for our Family Christmas! Our daughter, Cristy, and family had come up from Dallas for Thanksgiving, and for Christmas, we were blessed to have Seth come from San Francisco! Together with our one son and three daughters (and their families) who live nearby, and also Gary's brother, and my father, we were a group of 18 for Christmas! So incredibly thankful for family ...
We chose a different menu for our Christmas - sukiyaki! A fun dish that is cooked in electric frying pans right at the table - and so delicious! The top photo above shows us in the kitchen after the meal, cleaning up together. There isn't much that brings me more joy than to have our grown kids home - and also, in the kitchen with me!
The grandkids had a lot of patience to wait until mid-afternoon for the opening of presents! Christmas is so much fun with children - we enjoyed watching six grandkids opening their gifts (Levi - 11, Ali - 6, Cruz, Jake & Cole - all 4, and little Eva - 1). Of course, there were gifts for the rest of us as well ... but the greatest gift of all is just being together.
Later in the evening we put out a spread of snacks and goodies for all to enjoy while we played games together ... maybe a favorite part of our Christmas together.

So much to be thankful for at Christmastime ... the Greatest Gift of all, JESUS ... the gift of a loving family ... and expressions of love as we share gifts of love, good food, and presents together. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Family Thanksgiving Day

We are always so very blessed when our family comes home - and on Saturday, Nov. 30, twenty-three of us gathered here for our Family Thanksgiving Day! All of our children and grandchildren were here, except we missed Seth (in CA) who wasn't able to come, and we're thankful he'll be coming for Christmas. Cherry's father (92 years old), and Gary's brother also joined us for the day.

Click here for a few more photos of our wonderful day together - posted on Cherry's Pursuing Heart blog. And now, we are preparing for family home again for our Family Christmas - such a wonderful time of year!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fall Freezer Meal Day

A couple of times a year our three daughters (who live nearby) and I get together for a fun and productive Freezer Meal Day. We each bring ingredients for a main dish recipe or two, and multiply it to make enough for each of our households, plus an extra for a son who also lives nearby (and who joins us on some of our Freezer Meal Days). We are so blessed to live close to each other so we can do this together, and it is wonderful to have meals to put into our freezer for the weeks ahead.

Saturday, Nov. 16, was one of these days for us - and it has been so helpful to have meals already prepared and just waiting to be heated up during these busy holiday weeks! Please click here to read more, and for links to the recipes that we made.