This morning during church the sermon was about Epiphany and the wise men’s visit to the magi. This visit actual occured on January 6 so we are at the Sunday following that wonderful event. This morning’s sermon also reminded me how faithful Mary and Joseph were. They never questioned what God told them to do. I hope I can remember this in the new year as I try to be more faithful to God’s word.
Christmas was different this year, there was so much snow and cold that many churches cancelled Christmas Eve services. It is easy to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas, but there seemed to be something missing without that usual Christmas Eve service. We were in Beatrice, but did not have our annual Christmas picture until we returned home.
The decorations are down, but I want to share some highlights of our Christmas that we shared with family in Nebraska.
Christmas Day in Beatrice
During the time we were in Beatrice, we enjoyed good company, good food (it always tastes better when someone else does the cooking), watched a variety of holiday movies, played games, and Elizabeth and Erik enjoyed the snow. Oh, yes we can’t forget that we spent plenty of time with the dogs. If you remember from the Thanksgiving post, grandma has a new puppy. A new puppy has to go outside a lot, which is something that Maisy also likes to do.
This is the snow that Jim and I remember growing up. We typically don’t see this much snow in Kansas. On our trip home, we got to Salina which is about an hour from home and there was no snow. The kids were so….disappointed! They wanted to play in the snow again. During our trip, they were outside everyday even though the temps were below zero.
The trip to Seward on Sunday provided for a different type of fun. Elizabeth and Erik were able to go sledding with their cousins Sarah and Zach. It was great that Aunt Peggy and Uncle Mike also went outside so we could watch from the comfort of their house. Erik said the afternoon was AWESOME…!
The snow is probably over 24 inches deep in some places before it is piled for clearing and then add the drifts in from the blowing snow.
We were able to meet in Seward at Jim’s brothers house. Everyone was there except Deb who lives in Michigan and Craig who lives in Alma. He was planning on making the trip, but he was snowed in. Melinda had been snowed in with Mike, Peggy, Sarah, and Zach since Wednesday. Barb and Keith made the trip out from Lincoln on Sunday. More pictures of the day.
The cousins that get along so well when they see each other. The time together never seems to be long enough.
I hope they continue to be the good friends that they have become.
One thing that is a favorite at grandma’s house is playing games. We play games when we go for the weekend and we played ALOT of games during the time we were there for Christmas. We played an old favorite, Polyana. This was a game that Jamie and I played growing up as well as one that mom played with her family when she was little.
Erik also received a new game “Bop It” which proved to be fun and a little competitive for Erik and Elizabeth.