We hope 2014 has been treating you well and that you've kept warm in this cold winter weather! We've been thanking the Lord each evening in our family devotions for the provision of warm clothes and a warm home...and the togetherness of family snuggled inside!
Since we last wrote in December, we've celebrated Christmas with Granny here and then traveled to very cold Canada and back where we celebrated New Year's Eve with friends! You didn't even know we were gone to the northern-lands for a few days, did you?
Before I write a post about Canada, I must post a picture of Granny since many of you have asked us about her and how she's doing down in South Carolina. She and my sister spent Christmas week here in Virginia, and we thoroughly enjoyed having them with us: And here are a couple of pictures of our annual family Christmas Eve program; we always look forward to hearing the musical selections the kids pick. Here are Hannah and Sarah playing In Dulci Jubilo: And Jonathan chimed in on his wooden flute with the song Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (words can be found here if you're unfamiliar with this carol):Hannah read a selected portion of Scripture for part of the program: We enjoyed many delicious cookies that Hannah and Sarah made this year including Peppermint Meltaways, Gingerbread Trees, Cherry Chocolate Kisses, Chocolate Turtles, Peppermint Bark, Chewy Coconut Oatmeal (my favorite), and Crispy Almond Thins: Hannah was a good chocolate drizzler on the Crispy Almond Thins! Here's a link to another cookie post from five years ago with some recipes we tried that year: And it looks like Granny kept busy making baskets in South Carolina. This year she surprised Jonathan and gave him his first basket ever...a Jeremiah basket! Here he is inspecting the bottom to make sure she wrote her initials and the date on it so he'd always have a reminder of a basket she made: As you can see, we had a very enjoyable time together! Three days after Christmas...Granny was headed back to my sister's home for another three months, and we were headed the opposite direction to Canada! It's probably a good thing Granny was headed south!