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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Christmas with the Gioves

Our Christmas started on the Sunday before Christmas when Nana Giove and Aunt Sarah came to celebrate with us through Monday night. We hung out, baked cookies, played games, gave presents and ate a family Christmas Eve dinner.

On Christmas day we ate Jesus' Birthday cake for breakfast, read the nativity story and opened our stockings and presents together. After getting somethings together and getting dressed "to start our day" as Noah says, we headed out to St. Mary's and Riverside Hospital to visit some kids and their families in the hospital. Noah gave them a bag with a gift and some candy in it and then let them pick out a stuffed animal from a bag he carried with him. It was something I think we might start doing as a tradition on Christmas and maybe other holidays throughout the year.

Then we headed to Nana Myrtle and Papa C-Ray's house out on the farm for our Sparenburg extended family Christmas dinner. A family at our church adopted David and I the 1st or 2nd year after we moved here and they always have invited us to all holiday meals and family gatherings. We ate lunch and visited with them until after the kids bed time. There was a gift exchange and lots of game time. David and I played Veggie Tales Dance, Dance, Dance for the first time!

We thank God for the many blessing He has given us. We have been overwhelmed by His goodness again and again, but especially in the last 6 months or so. God is so good!

For anyone who's wondering... we made out pretty well this year!

The Pillars Of The Earth

Noah got an electric train, an electric race car track, and six mini construction vehicles from Santa. Nana Byrne got him a Thomas the Train circus set with Thomas and Percy. Nana Giove got him a Hermie movie called, A Fruitcake Christmas and a little Bible (his first real bible! KJV!) We got him a truck with lots of buttons and noises, and our adopted parents got him a teddy bear backpack.

Frencesca got a leap frog drum and little ponies from us, and a baby doll from Santa. A glow worm, outfit, and dolly from Nana Byrne. A dolly from Nana Giove, and another dolly from the Sparenburgs. Michaela gave Noah and Frencesca an oinking/walking/snorting pig.

Ruby Tuesday Logo

Amie Mamma got a night in a hotel with me from my mom (babysitting) and I ($$$). She also got a steak dinner at Tuesdays, and some clothes from me. My mom got her some nice perfume and a NKJV study bible to be our family bible. Her mom got her a professional cake decorating stand. Our adopted parents got us a silver ornament and glass coasters that you can inlay photos in.

Our present to ourselves was a new camcorder to take video of the kids (an Aiptek A-HD.) I got a gift card from a gift exchange at work (thanks Brian) with which I bought The Pillars Of The Earth, which is an amazing board game. I also got a harmonica in the key of c, and what could be described as a whittling starter set from Nana Byrne. My mom got me The Children of Húrin by J.R.R.Tolkein, which I can't wait to read!

A day or two after our festivities we received an overwhelming blessing in the mail. It was a letter addressed to us, and with a return address of... us. We thought this was weird, but we opened it anyway. Inside was a note explaining that someone (the writer of the note) had been blessed and wanted to bless us with some extra cash. Further instructions mentioned that we should use the money however we want. What a blessing! God is so good! To whomever sent us such a gift (if you happen to be reading this), many thanks. May God richly bless you and yours.

We have a bunch of video and photos to get up on here, so stay tuned! We hope your Christmas and New Year was full of cheer and good memories!


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