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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Well, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by friends - We spent the day over at Ryan and Alicia's which has become our tradition. Shoe and Gully joined in along with Kim and the Whitesides made an appearance all the way from GF! It was certainly a busy house with 5 kids aged 6 and under - wait, I think Chloe was 7 this month. Even still - we were busy that's for sure. Add in two dogs and a cat and let the fun begin!! The food was great - the company even better - it was a very nice day for all of us. We are very blessed to have great friends living so close to us.

Remember how I just said Derek hadn't figured out how to go down the steps backwards so he sometimes tumbles? Well, I take that back - on Wednesday evening we were over at Tammy's harassing her cat - the kids were being nosy playing on her stairs and after Tammy worked with him for a very short time, he now has it down pat. It's all he wants to do - go down the stairs! Last night Rob and I were doing the "divide and conquer" thing that works so well at our house - Rob took Hailey downstairs to rock and I had Derek on the couch - he let out some frightening shrieks as he watched his Dad and sister head downstairs - I let him down and off he went - yelling all the way down both flights of stairs. Hailey met him at the bottom and you'd of thought they hadn't seen each other in months! Laughing and shrieking!! It was pretty cute. We decided to let them play together for just a little longer before splitting them up for bedtime.

We picked up our Christmas tree yesterday from the garden center at Menards - Rob did a GREAT job picking it out this year - it's a little on the thin side but nice and tall and full. I was so excited to get it up and decorated and get the gifts under the tree - only when I went to separate them all out - the gifts that will go to North Dakota with us next weekend and the gifts that are staying here - there are four measly gifts under the tree. Now, I know that is nothing to be sad about - four could be a lot - but a lot more are going "home" and it doesn't look as exciting so...A shopping we will go, a shopping we will go - hi ho the derry o a shopping we will go! I guess I should just have invited everyone to our house this year so we can have mountains of presents - I LOVE to watch people open gifts and one of my favorite memories growing up was numbering all of the presents under the tree and putting the corresponding numbers in an old coffee can - we took turns drawing numbers out of that can and then we'd match up the gift. It's always so much fun to see who gets to open all their gifts - and who has to WAIT!! Two years ago we did that here and I SWEAR Madison's gifts were all left for last - she was a great sport about it and I think had as much fun with it as the rest of us.
Yes, four gifts or forty gifts or four hundred gifts. We are blessed this Holiday Season. Blessed over and over and over. On that note -
Please say a prayer tonight for the Vossekuil family from Grand Forks. Yesterday they lost their precious 15 year old daughter Taylor to cancer. I have been following Taylor's Trip on her Caringbridge site for the past several months and have been deeply moved by her story. A 15 year old getting ready for softball try-outs - thinking she was sore from the work outs - ended up being cancer. Yet another of life's reminders to hug our loved ones close and be thankful for each and every day we have. You can read about Taylor here www.caringbridge.org/visit/taylorvossekuil

Good night and God Bless.


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