Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Birthday, Jesus

Here are some shots from our day. Not much time for lots of words.....

We played games
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We talked with lots of family - though not all - maybe tomorrow
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Finding baking ingredients off base proved to be an adventure. I'm assuming most Japanese don't bake at home a lot. I was told over and over that tanjobi keki (birthday cake) is usually purchased from the bakery. Stacia was excited to help frost our birthday cake.

Mike & Zander make a stable.

A bit more training seems to be called for! ::snort::
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Pin the Star on the Stable...

Or the wall...

Or the brother...

They Tied....though Stacia had outside help after the brother incident. ::snort::
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We had birthday cake, we sang.

By the way, birthday candles are found in hardware stores in Misawa...not grocery stores. LOL

We played Pictionary using words from the Christmas Story or our Jesse Tree devotionals.

Wise Men


Caesar ::snort:: - think...Pizza...Little...

We played charades using our devotions and Luke 2.

We talked about gifts we give Jesus. I should probably write a separate post on that...or maybe not. It was precious. We prayed.

It was a wonderful day...though there were some "down" moments. I missed the kids that aren't here. This is the first Christmas, other than deployments, we've not all made it home. I woke up with a lot of back and hip pain... I need to find time for an onsen soon. Transitions from one set of traditions to another always brings a bit of clunkiness...but all in was a wonderful day of Celebrating Christ.

We pray your days are just as wonderful. . . whichever side of the dateline you happen to live on.
Bre is home!
Krista will be home in 2 days
Jamin and Josiah will be home in 4 days

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

HI you all!

looks like you day was great. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!! (over here) Jesus must like Christians celebrating HIS birthday all over the world for several days!

You will be creating (at least for this year)some new Christmas traditions what with 4 kids arriving on 3 different days. :):)
Bet the younger set are going to enjoy the extended time.

Today we will be going to Will/Sherri's and everyone will be there except for Mikhail. His boss would not let him come early or late so he could be with us to eat. Oh Well, last Sunday it was Matt who had to work and now Mikhail. Mikhail will be there just an hour late so that isn't to bad. He seemed to be missing his Dad/Mom/Nadia yesterday.

Well, Merry Christmas to those of us on this side of the date line, and happy day after Christmas to you over in Japan, China and the Philippines.

love/prayers --- Dad/Mom T. or 2G's T.