Category Archives: holidays

A West Virginia Family Christmas

Grandma and Grandpa live “far, far away in West Virginia” (as Silas says). And the boys had their first Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa Manka and the Aunts. We landed on Christmas Eve day, and Mom and Dad picked us … Continue reading

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Our Merry Little Christmas

Early, early tomorrow morning we’ll be headed to the airport to catch a Christmas Eve flight. This will be our first Christmas with my parents and sisters since we moved out to Arizona in 2009. The family celebration should be … Continue reading

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Christmas Lights

Last night we loaded the boys into the car after supper to see some neighborhood Christmas lights. Silas sang carols with us as we drove. Stephen found a map of the Valley where neighbors could register their homes as light displays … Continue reading

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Christmas Tamales

Making tamales at Christmastime is a Hispanic family tradition. It’s a long and involved process, so it makes for a great bonding experience for family and friends. This year a friend from church invited some of us to make tamales … Continue reading

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Let It Snow! (Kind of)

Christmas is less than two weeks away! We’ve been busy putting up our 9 foot Christmas tree, decorations around the house, Silas’s mini tree, and a 6 foot tree in our bedroom. We added a new little tree for Cooper’s … Continue reading

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100 Things

At our CBC Ladies’ Bible Study meeting last Thursday night, Jen encouraged each of us to make a list of 100 things we’re thankful for and then to pray that list back to God. Last night I sat down and … Continue reading

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The Gift of Grandparents

Today is Grandparents’ Day, and the boys helped me make these cards to send to all their grandparents and great grandparents. Especially since family lives far away, I try to prioritize celebrating our loved ones. It helps make the connection … Continue reading

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Let’s Celebrate Family

Finally! My family arrived at our house for a two week visit on the morning of June 15th—Mom and Dad’s 34th wedding anniversary. We’ve been talking about their visit for months, and Silas has been learning all the names of … Continue reading

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The Merry, Merry Month of May

This month I celebrated my first Mother’s Day with two boys. Cooper is putting everything in his mouth these days, and Silas is happy to help him. Silas is in love with forts (or garages, houses or tents as he … Continue reading

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For Your Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a chance to say ‘thank you’ to my mom. To thank her for carrying me under her heart and then in her arms and now in her prayers. I love you, Mom! Mother’s Day is a chance … Continue reading

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