We opened gifts on Tuesday evening, at least a month early! We will not be with our Missouri kids closer to Christmas, so we did it while we were together.
This is a picture taken before gift opening. Rowen was reading a book to Micah while the rest of his family were in the mountains. I chose this picture because so many "little people" have been fascinated by Rowen's beard.
The dress the Johnstown kids got for me.
Rowen always asks the question: "Why do we give and receive gifts?" before anyone can open any gifts. The correct answers are about how God gave Jesus, the greatest gift we could ever receive; the wise men gave gifts to Jesus; we show our love to one another and gratefulness to God by giving gifts to one another. This year, he said, "Why are we giving and receiving gifts today?" The answer was because we wouldn't be together at Christmas...
Rowen is opening the box that holds the game "Things" from our Missouri kids. We played it later that evening after Quil and Micah went to bed.
Updated picture of Randy's family
Tim and Brenda looking sweet, and waiting their turns.
Joy reading Quil and Micah the Shutterfly book about THEM!
Quil and Micah loving the dogs that play Jesus Loves Me.
The magnetic bulletin board and magnets that Brenda and Tim made for each of us girls!
Jeffrey starting to delve into his box... He got some things for his hope chest. Since Beth moved her collection into her own hope chest, he has room for collecting his own.
Emily got him an Eco cup. Tim and Brenda got some from Beth.
Micah with his new truck from Aunt Emily.
Emily ready to take some more pictures! Since she was holding the camera, nobody took any of her opening...There is a picture I could post, but it would spoil the fun for the other cousins who haven't gotten their gift from Grandma and Grandpa yet.
Joy with the handmade gift Beth made for her encouragement.
Randy and Joy taking their turn at looking sweet.
Randy and Tim both got the new Johnstown books, signed by the author.
They were Johnstown Historical Society members as teenagers, and Randy was even a board member as an 18 year old, years ago now!
Quil looking sweet, sitting by Uncle Jason.
Jason got a very special gift, a Thompson Chain Bible.
Odyssey and a picture from Emily
Beth waiting her turn--she ended up being last this year.
One of Beth's gifts, which expresses our feelings about her.
Another great shot of Tim and Brenda
Beth instructing Quil about the new sticker book she got for him.
Randy holding the cross stitching Emily made for him.
That's a little about our Christmas... We hope you will have a great one!!!