Dad turned 60 this year. Dad wanted his birthday dinner at White Castle (yum!) but … we the family had other ideas. Everyone one Dad and Mom’s church and most of our family who was in town gathered at La Casita to celebrate. After dinner we went home to open gifts.
When family moves away, they are so much more appreciated when able to visit. And even more excitement is to be had when there’s a new little one is involved! J-Three will be introduced later. He did have fun meeting Ada, who is his age. 😉
It was a glorious week: my cousin (and Best Friend) was in town with her 3 adorable boys and husband. One day while Mom and Dad were on a date for their anniversary, I met up with the crew at the Purple Park. J-One was convinced that we didn’t need to take pictures ‘cuz Mom and Dad don’t need to see where we were today’. J-Two stood on the little bridge just watching until I asked if he wanted to swing. J-Two loves to swing, so off we went to swing for the entire time. Sweetheart!
Katie, Jordan, and Judah were able to join us in Minnesota for Thanksgiving this year, which was an absolute blast! Not only were they able to help fill GO boxes, but we got to spend a lot of time together and celebrate Judah’s 2nd birthday! There was also a church clothing swap that Katie got to come to and see people from church and get some cool stuff. Sammie Joy was also very happy to meet them. (Never mind that she was just a few months old!)
Auntie Kris and Judah
Sammie Joy and Ellie the Elephant
Auntie Katie and Sammie Joy
Jordan is mesmerized by the thingamabob from the clothing swap.
Operation Christmas Child is one of my all-time favorite things to do. I plan and shop all year long (with help!) for one night in November, just before Thanksgiving, when my whole church comes together to fill GO (Gospel Opportunity) boxes to send out through Samaritan’s Purse.
This year, with the help of many people (buying, filling, building boxes, setting up and cleaning after everything was done), we sent 200 GO boxes to Zambia!
One of my closest friends (and cousin!) was able to be in town with her family for this event, and her two-year-old was all about getting those boxes packed in the cartons to be sent to the Processing Center.