Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Let Me Fill You In. . .

In case some of you who view our blog don't get our weekly family updates, I thought I would fill you in on the chaotic "happenings" from over the last few weeks.

If you have ever kept a journal before then you certainly know the feeling of neglecting to write for a while and then not knowing where to being when you finally get back to starting another entry. That's kind of what it is like for me. . .I'm not so sure where to start!

Life is usually busy for our family. There's never a time to sit and wonder, "Oh what is there to do today?" There is always something going on. . .always things to be done, always places to go. It was a couple weeks before Christmas when a disaster struck. . .literally. We had an ice storm. Trees, limbs, ice, fallen power lines and poles. . .it was a real mess! Thank the Lord for keeping us all protected. To make a looooong story short, a family in our church moved into our house for over a week because they had lost their power for that long. It was a real blessing to us to be able to minister to them in that way.

During that time, life did not slow down. Cleaning up from the storm has taken a while and we are still working on it. Over the month of December Alyssa and I had taken on the challenge of making holiday wooden crafts. Though we did not really advertise well due to a lack of time and energy, we still were able to sell quite a few things. And the best part - we were able to have a lot of fun while working together!

Christmas came and flew by before I could even register the fact that it really was Christmas. We did enjoy a wonderful Christmas Eve service with our church family. There are pictures of the evening posted below. All of us teen girls decided to wear evening gowns to make the night extra special. It was a beautiful night of singing, special music and reading of the Christmas story.

And we even had snow for Christmas! Although. . .it rained Christmas day and was gone in about two days. :) The day after Christmas was a well-awaited day because our close friends, the Rofe family, were able to come visit for a day. Pictures of our time together are posted below as well. With 8 people in one family and 7 in the other. . .let's just say the house is alive with 15 people going in all directions. :)

Now that we are finally able to take a breather, we must turn right around and prepare for a special baptism service and our church's 5th year anniversary. Like I said - we stay busy, and I like it that way!

I hope you had a blessed, enjoyable Christmas. Have a happy, healthy New Year as well!

~Amelia Kinney~
(For the Family :)