Christmas in the Mission Home 2016

2017-1-1-family-arrives-4Here’s a peek at the Mission Home during the days after Christmas as we waited for all of our family to arrive before celebrating this year.  We had a beautiful snowfall and a couple of quiet days between interviews to get a few things ready.  Claire & Graham arrived on the 30th and Adam’s family on New Year’s Day.2017-1-1-132017-1-1-142017-1-1-15All is calm, all is bright.2016-12-26-cms-mission-home-12016-12-26-cms-mission-home-22016-12-26-cms-mission-home-32016-12-26-cms-mission-home-42016-12-26-cms-mission-home-52016-12-26-cms-mission-home-62016-12-26-cms-mission-home-72016-12-26-cms-mission-home-82016-12-26-cms-mission-home-92016-12-26-cms-mission-home-102016-12-26-cms-mission-home-112016-12-26-cms-mission-home-12It was great having a whole extra week before we had our family Christmas gift giving. That gave me time to get the stockings ready, this year 9 of them.  I didn’t have time to wrap a single thing until after the 25th this year.  What an interesting thing to be on a mission doing other things while the rest of the world runs around like crazy!2016-12-26-cms-projects-42As you can see, the stockings are the best part of our Christmas morning fun.2016-12-26-cms-projects-462016-12-26-cms-projects-472016-12-26-cms-projects-482016-12-26-cms-projects-512016-12-26-cms-projects-522016-12-26-cms-projects-53Christmas Morning:img_5647img_56492017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-6

I saw this posted on Facebook and it felt like my own words:

My children each year ask me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I’d give them my real answer:
What do I want for Christmas? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around, I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your relationships, your kids, your fur babies. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don’t care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.
I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I knew how, and I’m not bragging, but I did a pretty darn good job. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work, I’m pretty proud of it. Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don’t mind. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Christmas, I say “nothing” I want you.

And that’s exactly what I got for Christmas this year!

2017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-92017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-112017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-122017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-132017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-162017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-172017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-202017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-242017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-282017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-302017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-332017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-35And here is the star of our show, baby Clark!2017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-382017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-41Dinner out tonight at Mod Pizza:2017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-472017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-492017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-502017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-512017-1-2-christmas-celebrated-53It’s been a great Christmas so far.  We have a few more days to celebrate with our family. This is the best part of all.  I am grateful for Heavenly Father’s Magnificent Plan for our happiness.  I feel so grateful when I’m with these beautiful kids (and Aaron’s dear friend, Kassi).

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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