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Happy Anniversary!

On December 28, we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We are ever so grateful to God for sustaining our marriage for 20 years and realize He deserves all the credit. May He be praised for it.

December 28, 1994

December 2014

Niece Musings (cookie contest)

Tonight my niece, Emily, and I spent some time together. Her middle school is hosting a cookie contest on Friday of this week, and Emily thought this would be right up her alley. She wanted to make Cinnamon Polar Bears because she thought the chances of someone else making that same cookie would be slim. The contest will be judged on appearance, uniformity, and taste. The cookie had to be baked, nothing dipped or no-bake.

Trying to get the cookie uniform was a challenge for us. Usually these cookies are of varying shapes and sizes, but this activity gave us a great opportunity to exercise some discipline over ourselves. I think we came out with a pretty cute cookie.

Emily also made her own Christmas card this year, but in this age of electronic gadgets, she hasn't done much letter writing. She brought her cards with her and we had a little tutoring session in "how to address and mail a letter" Pictured below is her first official "letter". 

I'm grateful God…

Niece Musings (choir concert)

Our niece, Kylie, doesn't live as close in proximity to us as the other nieces and nephews do, so we don't see her as often as the others. With that in mind, when we have a chance to take in one of her events, we jump at it. Tonight we went to see her perform in her high school Christmas choir concert. It was a lovely event and fun to see her in action on her own turf. We're grateful God allows us an opportunity to be involved in her life.

Niece and Nephew Christmas Party 12/13/14

Each year we have a Christmas party for the nieces and nephews, and that is our Christmas gift to them. Today was our 11th annual Niece and Nephew Christmas Party. We have done a variety of events over the years, but we keep returning to the Bunker Park Stables because you just can't beat the horse-drawn hay ride through the wooded trails.

Since we live in Minnesota, you never know what you will get when it comes to the weather on party day. Last year it was in the 12-degrees-below-zero range. This year it was 40+ degrees. We didn't even have to wear mittens if we didn't want to. We missed the snow a bit, but we certainly enjoyed the warm weather.

Cowgirl Emily and Cowgirl Carissa 

Greg's brother, Dan, (Alli and Rylar's dad) was able to join us on the hay ride this year and even posed for a few pictures with us. 

Ethan towered above the picture taking stand but humored me and posed next to it anyway. Ethan was only able to join us for the hayride this year because …

Cookie Baking Night 12/08/14

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Alli and Rylar. Our nephew, Rylar, Alli's brother, turned 3 years old (the official Cookie Baking Night age) last week, so tonight was his first time at Cookie Baking Night. His mom (Deena) told me he was pretty much ready to leave for our house after breakfast that morning. His enthusiasm showed. He genuinely enjoyed being here, and we enjoyed having him here.

Alli trained Rylar in on the proper hand-washing procedures. 

Then they were ready to help me butter some bread for our supper. 

For our cookie tonight, we made peanut butter blossoms. 

Can you tell which cookies Rylar decorated? ( He was a big fan of the chocolate star). 

Greg had put up the tree after Thanksgiving and put lights on it, but we hadn't decorated it yet. We let the kids do that tonight. 

You might notice a high concentration of ornaments in one particular area of the tree (roughly about 3 feet from the floor). 

For our Bible lesson tonight we re…