Monday, January 11, 2016


   It was so fun getting ready for Christmas this year. The kids were so excited and we had lot of fun things we wanted to do. We started listening to Christmas music well before December but I waited for the first of December to start the decorating and baking. The kids and I spent a day with a friend and did our Christmas shopping. Noah took us around town a couple times in the evenings to look for lights. I set a goal to make a homemade gift for each of the kids this Christmas and I did it! I finished them early and was not up till the middle of the night the night before trying to finish them in typical Mary fashion. We went and spent Christmas day at my brothers house with my parents and family. We had an authentic Italian fest with all the trimmings. My Mom planned some fun games and activities and we did our annual White Elephant gift exchange. We were able to see my grandparents and introduce Carson to them. We had a busy and wonderful month. 
   While all these things are fun I pray that my children will remember the birth of Jesus and why He came to earth. To save man from his sins. He died on a cross to bring salvation  to man kind.
 Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
 1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 
   The Lord has been so good to us and brought my family safely through another year. We are all healthy and had the wonderful addition of a new little one, Carson James on November 13th. The Lord has provided us with everything we could possible need and then some. We made lots of wonderful memories and got to spend time with lots of different friends and family over the course of the year. We look forward to what this New Year holds and pray we keep trusting the Lord and looking to him to led us.
Austin making chocolate dipped pretzels
His finished product

Rolo pretzels with M&Ms
Austin with the Italian honey clusters (Struffoli) we made for our authentic Christmas meal for Christmas day
Holiday Bacon Appetizers
Austin's favorite appetizer to make. We made them three times during the Christmas season. 
The center piece I made with Christina 
Austin having fun while we were at the mall Christmas shopping