It’s been a flurry of craziness around here for quite a while, so I thought I’d combine this week’s and last week’s “In Our Home.”
The highlight of our last two weeks was when my dear husband, Jason, came home after ministering in Brazil for almost two weeks. We are so glad to have him back! Here he is pictured with Rev. Allen Skelton (on right) one of the organizers of the three pastors’ conferences they ministered in, and a sweet little Brazilian boy.
Below is a picture of him ministering with his Brazilian interpreter, Pastor Edimara:
After Jason got home and all settled in again, we could concentrate on preparing for Christmas. One of our favorite traditions is our “Candy Making & Christmas Baking” day that we have at my mom’s each year. The kids look forward to it almost as much as Christmas morning!
Here is Liam making white fudge:
And my mom, Brenda, a.k.a. “Gigi,” supervising the process.
Alec’s favorite candy to make is peanut brittle. This year he also made pecan brittle:
Look at how proud he is of his culinary masterpiece!
Olivia always wants to make the “White Christmas mix” — it’s a family favorite and gets eaten up first!
I’m not sure why she’s making this face…guess it’s best not to mess with her while she’s trying to open that jar of peanuts!
This is my favorite thing to do…cuddle my precious little great-niece, Sarah Bryn.
She’s the sweetest thing of all!
We were babysitting her because her mommy (my niece) was very sick.
Here are just a few of the treats we made: Peanut & pecan brittle, chocolate-covered pretzels, caramel fudge.
I thought I’d snap a picture of my mom’s hymnal angel she made (a Pinterest project). So cute!
Over the weekend, Olivia played the piano for our local retirement/nursing home:
Here she is pictured playing Bach’s Cantana No. 147, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. It brings tears to my eyes every time I hear her play it. (I’m a proud mama!) 😉
I finally finished my first eBook: God Said So! 31 Bible Truths Every Kid Should Know. I underestimated how long it would actually take to write this book, but it is finished, and I am excited! I’m trusting it will help parents everywhere establish their children in the Word of God. This is the most important thing we can do as parents.
And this was the sunset last night through the woods in our backyard. It was too beautiful not to capture!
I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season, and I pray this will be your best Christmas ever!
Blessings to you!
Linking up today with:
– Homeschool Mother’s Journal at iHomeschool Network
– Collage Friday hostess Mary at Home Grown Learners
– Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
– No Fear Homeschool High School at The Daisy Head
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with painting, creating, writing, drinking tea, and encouraging others to live abundant and satisfying lives (John 10:10). She believes that everyone has a God-given purpose to fulfill, and that in order to fulfill that purpose, they must follow the passions and desires the Lord has placed in their hearts. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.