It’s been SOOOOOO long since we’ve posted a blog. I’ve been reminded by multiple people of such. I could go into just how busy our life is. But yours probably is too. I could let you in a bit on the continuing conversation Jake and I have been having for the last couple of months regarding just how much of an online identity (pictures, blogs, etc.) we really want to create for our boys without letting them grow up and decide for themselves just how public/private they want to be with their identity (it IS theirs, after all). But without getting into all of that, suffice it to say, we’re back…for now. And there will continue to be pictures of the boys…for now…so don’t freak out or anything. But a WHOLE lot of thinking, talking, praying, talking, thinking, questioning, theorizing, talking, second-guessing, praying, and more talking went into that decision. Ask me about it sometime in person, if you’re interested. And if you have a while to talk.
So with the decision to get back to blogging, I was left with the question: Where in the world do I start? A lot has happened, and a lot of pictures have been taken since the last time I posted. I finally decided to just start with the most recent happenings, and I’ll add in other stuff in the next few days and weeks. So without further adieu, here’s a glimpse into our Christmas. I got a little crafty, and decided to snip some branches off a tree in our yard and make this:
and then this:
and then this:
That picture is our “Jesse Tree” for this year. I have plans of making one a little different for next year, but we’ll see if I actually accomplish it. We really enjoyed using the Jesse Tree during Advent this year, and I totally recommend it. Just google “Jesse Tree” and you’ll get way more info on the topic than I could begin to give you. It’s a tradition that can be customized for your family, and can easily be modified and expanded as your kids grow. We loved it!
And then of course there were pictures with Santa (Caleb’s first!):
Our church Christmas program:
Can you say HAM…
There were presents at Granny and Grandpa’s (and at Oma and Papa’s, but alas, I did not get my camera out there. Shame on me.)
We got to see Sam at Oma Luise’s!
And then Caleb’s very first Christmas morning!
And to top it all off, Noah got the John Deere Green Pedal Tractor that’s Big Enough For a Three-Year-Old to Ride On that he specifically requested. He’s been working on his blueberry farm (his words) ever since.