52 Weeks of Gratitude: Week 3

Last weekend I got to spend Christmas (yes. In January.)
with my ENTIRE family.
Since one sister lives in Wisconsin and teaches,
one sister lives in Michigan where her husband is a new pastor,
and the other sister is in college,
our days for getting ALL together are VERY limited.

This year was special for so many reasons!
My sister from Michigan and I are both pregnant (and only 2 weeks apart!).
We played our first annual football game. It was so much fun! (ok. I was just the photographer…this time…)
I taught my sisters how to make sushi makimono rolls. They ate them.
And everyone but my mom like them! (even the masago–which is caviar!)
We enjoyed the fruits of the deer that my family hunted in November.
We can’t get enough of our jerky and deer sausage!
And this year my dad got out of his comfort zone and ordered some delicious jalapeño sausage
and tried out some yummy dehydrated marinated beef bites!
We got to watch the Packers (and the Bears) win some playoff games.
Poor Rams. Maybe next year…
We cut back on giving to each other and gave more to charity.
And we gave more relationally.
(For more information on giving relationally at Christmas, watch this sermon that my husband preached by clicking here.)

It was such a fun weekend.
What a blessing to be with all of my family
and have so much fun all at once!
I won’t share pictures of our gift opening…because it was early in the morning
and I think I might have some very unhappy sisters
if I posted those pictures online. 🙂
But here are some pictures of our football game
and the family picture we try to take every time we’re all together.
Next year we look forward to adding two more little babies! 🙂

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