Sunday, December 14, 2008

Third Sunday in Advent

It's been a sweet Sabbath day today. Aaron and the kids went to church this morning (I hope to be able to go next week), and tonight we get to light the third candle on our Advent wreath. We brought a few Christmas things with us, and this angel is one of the few that made the cut to cross the Pacific Ocean. An orchestra student in Arkansas made it for me my first year of teaching, and our family treasures this angel as it tops our tree each year.

One of Katherine's favorite places to play is the front porch (or veranda, as they say here). She and Aaron enjoyed a game of peek-a-boo, and I snapped some pics this afternoon while the big kids played outside. Tomorrow we'll back to language learning in earnest, but it was nice to rest today. Olivia peeled and sliced carrot sticks and helped cut apples to go with our "ranch cheeseburgers" for supper. We found the recipe on the back of one of the many Ranch seasoning mixes we have received.
1 packet Hidden Valley Seasoning Mix
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup shredded cheese
4 large hamburger buns
Combine Seasoning Mix with beef and cheese. Shape into 4 patties; cook thoroughly. Serve on toasted buns.
Thank you to those of you who have mailed care packages to us. You are such an encouragement! We will be reminded of so many sweet people tonight when we eat.

To finish our Sabbath, we have another family coming over to light the Advent wreath and sing Christmas carols with us. I love this time of year!

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