Sunday, December 27, 2009

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Season's Greetings! May this post find all of you well. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with your families.

Our children woke up Christmas morning to quite a shock. They all enjoyed their gifts, and the little kids are still working on their stocking goodies.

Getting to church today proved to be a little difficult. In addition to the snow showers we are having, the heavy windchill makes things even colder. But the Bontragers had their garage heated up and thankfully the ministers kept us all awake. I think they must have been cold too, as they didn't seem to go as long as they sometimes do. Of course most of the ministers preached of the birth of our Savior and the true meaning of Christmas.

Afterwards at the meal, it was good to finish passing around some of the Christmas cards I still had, and greet friends and neighbors. And we had a real treat when the host family announced the young singles would be doing a short singing for us. Normally the young singles do their singings on Sunday nights. But since it is a holiday weekend, the family talked the singles into singing during the meal instead.

They sang a few of the hymns from the Schwartz's Song Book and some Christmas Carols as well. It was really nice to hear celebrations in song, as Jesus is the reason for the season.

God Bless,

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Well, it's that time of year when everyone seems to be bustling about for holiday preparations. Bunny had a crew at her house yesterday in the forenoon. They were hanging twinkle lights all around. The children like to look at her twinkle lights from the upstairs bedroom window. Lora Lee says it looks like Angel kisses, and Esther Sue says they look like stars dancing on Bunny's roof.

Jacob and I have finally decided what to get the children for Christmas this year. Here is the plan:

Jr & John Levi - New fishing poles. They have had the same ones since they started school, and Jacob says Lehman-Chucky told him about a good deal on poles at a shop over in Goshen.

Ruth Ann - being 12, Ruth Ann said she just wants some new dresses. I've already sewn her a new one for church, but the big surprise will be that I am buying her a handbag too. I found a nice black one over at the WalMarts and there is a cute black wallet with an embroidered flower on the clasp that I think she will like.

David Jay - We are getting him a basketball. He is always out playing with the neighbor boys and for his birthday last year, Jacob put up a basketball hoop out on the back of the garage. So, now he won't have to use his brother's old ball.

Jed & Malon - are both going to get their own pocket knives. They don't have one yet, and that is about the age the other boys got their first pocket knife. Jake says Varns & Hoover has some really nice ones the boys would love.

Sarah Jo, Esther, Lora Lee, and Gracie - are each getting a new baby doll to play with. They will also each get a new church dress as well, and I am just about done with the last one.

Oh, and the boys are all getting a new knit cap too. So, this Saturday, I will use some of the egg money I've been keeping in the coffee can for Christmas and Jake and I will go into town and do our shopping.

I know not all Amish families do this, but we have the children bring their socks out by the wood stove Christmas eve and Jake and I fill them with treats. Each of the children usually get a candy cane, an orange, a chocolate bar and a package of nuts. They just love it.

I know it is a little vain, but I am so excited, I can't wait!

God Bless,