Since he was a child, Brad's family tradition has included Christmas Eve snacks. The annual event has evolved over the years as kids grew up, obligations changed and family members came and went.
I play in the NFC handbell choir each Christmas Eve, so snacks now happen early in the day before I have to get dressed up and drive to Newberg. This year, we hosted at our Tigard house. Jill was in town from NYC, and Uncle Dick and Aunt Louise, now Newberg residents, joined us.
LOVE Dick's socks. It's especially funny because he's an avid hunter and probably wants to shoot and eat those little reindeer :)
After food and gifts, it was time to head to NFC for our 3:30 p.m. call. A little rehearsal with the other ensemble before the three services.
It's makes for a really long day (and short night!), but we love it.
Between the last week of school and Christmas craziness, the past two weeks have been a blur. But I have been working out and diligently prepping for my upcoming half marathon.
I set out this afternoon to do 6.2 miles at 10K race pace. Under a beautiful, high-overcast sky, I ran through the park and over to Tualatin. It was perfect running weather. And I got all dolled up in my new Christmas running gear: Adidas jacket and capris from Kari, Vicki, Kayla and Jessie, gloves from Eryn and florescent socks from Mom and Dad. FUN!! Here's the recap of Weeks 4 and 5:
Because of other family obligations, getting together with the McKee clan wasn't going to happen this Christmas. But since Uncle John and Aunt Nancy were driving through town, a few of us had an impromptu visit after church Sunday.
We gave gifts to Grandma in her room at the Friendsview health center:
My photography skills are really slipping...
I'm sorry that we missed the big gathering, but it was really nice to have a short visit with Grandma and Grandpa and John and Nancy. :)
We couldn't resist the call of several feet of fresh snow on Mount Hood! With most of our holiday chores done, we set out the Saturday before Christmas to cross-country ski at Barlow Road off Highway 35. We'd never been on that trail, which opens about 1 mile in to a gorgeous meadow:
The weather was spectacular! Warmish with sunbreaks and no wind.
It was a great trip, though it was cut a bit short after my clumsy first-ski-trip-of-the-year legs took one too many falls, and I ended up nearly doing the splits and stretching my groin far beyond its capabilities! I'd love to go back once I remember what I'm doing out there :)
that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the
Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted
for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem
in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had
to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.
they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth
to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a
manger, because there was no room in the hostel.
were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night
watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and
God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said,
"Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is
meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's
town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look
for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."
At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over.
"Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves
what God has revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and
Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They
told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All
who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within
herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and
praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out
exactly the way they'd been told!