Boy oh boy are we glad to have electricity again! Β And we are so thankful for generators πŸ˜€ Β It seems that ever since Mommy has begun writing this advent e-book, we are being attacked by satan but then wonderfully defended by our Defender πŸ™‚

Right now she is writing about peace, and this week has been full of things like a broken dryer, a broken sump-pump, no electricity, and we thought our washer might be broken (I tried running it on the generator…bad idea!) but thankfully it reset itself. Β As crazy as this week has been, God has given us His wonderful peace, which certainly passes all understanding!

I had read Proverbs 16:3 Β on Monday, and decided that it was a definitely a good idea to ‘commit my works’ to Him, especially as they all seemed to be piling up and I wasn’t sure how to catch up!


Though having no real power for 24 hours had it’s setbacks, we actually enjoyed it, and God truly gave us His peace! Β I think we all got considerably caught up on things that didn’t take electricity, (such as decorating the house and rearranging our rooms!) and there was no computer to distract us. Β Also our sewing machines can’t run on the generator, so we couldn’t sew Β (though we were getting a *little* bit worried, since tomorrow is our open house and we have a little more…okay, a lot more…sewing to do!)

So we used less electricity, lit more candles, and IΒ ‘ve heard several times this week from different sisters how glad and thankful Β they are that we’re all a family…I quite agree πŸ˜€

And did I mention there was no computer to distract us?! Β πŸ˜€ Β We are thankful for the computer (and like it a lot) but it was nice not to have that pullΒ πŸ˜‰ Β  I



Now for the real reason for this post! Β  Thanksgiving Day we discovered that our sump pump had stopped working, therefore flooding our basement!

Thankfully we have no living space down there, and it’s almost always wet anyway, but we usually don’t have 6-8 inches of water down there all the time! Β  We like to call it ‘the dungeon’.


It was up so high, some of our canned goods were wading…


Noah, with his ‘high-water’ pants and rubber boots, helping Daddy πŸ˜€


Charissa is enjoying part of the dasher to the ice cream maker πŸ˜€



Bekah and Anna found a cute idea on Pinterest so they got to work and made each of us a place setting for the table…


Written in Hindi, then in English, since not all of us have memorized what our name looks like in Hindi πŸ˜€



Our Thanksgiving spread was amazing and almost all Gaps legal…we did cheat on a few little things…shhh! Β We were stuffed!


Our menu was:

Gourmet Potatoes

Broccoli-Cauliflower Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole (only made with butternut squash)

Bacon Avocado Salad


Fried Beets

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins



We always seem to like to make as much dessert as we do real food, and this year was no different…

2 Coconut Cream Pies

Pumpkin Pie

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

No-Bake Cookies

Apple Clafoutis


We ended up saving the Apple Clafoutis for breakfast the next day, since it’s kind of like a Dutch Apple Baby, and we obviously had more than enough dessertsΒ πŸ™‚ Β  Afterwards, several of us did hoedowns…a good way lower your blood sugar and to keep from feeling *too* sleepy!



Then the day after Thanksgiving, three of us went to JoAnn fabrics for their Black Friday sale, and while we were away, Daddy put up the icicle lights.



Noah, watching Daddy…


He’s a good little helper πŸ˜‰



Since our dryer is broke right now (please dryer part, come quickly in the mail!!!) we were hanging out our clothes on the clothesline until it got too cold. Β Now we’re taking trips into the little laundromat in town πŸ˜€


Anna found her sari that Susannah had given her a few years back and relearned how to wrap it…I thought this picture of her hanging laundry in her sari was very cute!





Later that day we went Christmas tree shopping, at our favorite Christmas tree place!




We were dismayed to see that they had cleared out a large section of the tree farm…where you see us walking there used to be rows of trees. Β As we always like to get the biggest one that will fit into our house, we were hoping they hadn’t chopped down all of the tall trees πŸ˜€



Thankfully, we found our tree!


…then we had a silly picture…


…then we took off our coats to show just how unseasonably warm it was!


Next, we took turns cutting down the tree…








Charissa and Bekah







Anna and Jessica


Here’s a cute little video of the boys cutting the tree…we had to say ‘push, pull, push, pull’ to help Isaiah get the idea πŸ˜€



Then the guy-with-the-tractor-and-wagon noticed we had our tree, so they loaded it up and we took a ride back to the front of the farm.



Daddy and Leah, pulling it over to the machine that shakes out the dry needles.



Some of the pretty greenery they had for sale



Our tree was so fat and huge, they had to tie it to a tractor to pull it through the cone to wrap it πŸ˜€



Inside of the pole barn where you pay for the tree, they have free hot cider, and candles and other things you could buy.


Another pretty Christmas bundle πŸ™‚


On the way home, we stopped by our town’s high school where they recently put up a wind turbine…we don’t see very many of these in this part of Indiana, so it was neat to see one so close to us.


When we came back home, we had to try out the newly hung icicle lights πŸ˜€


Saturday evening we brought the tree inside…Susannah and Leah measured it and we found it was 8 1/2 feet tall. Β As we have 9 foot ceilings, this was just perfect πŸ˜€ Β Especially since our angel still had to sit on top!


Sunday night we decorated the tree…


…and that is always lots of fun πŸ™‚ Β We pull the dining room bench in and Daddy and Mommy set out all the ornaments in order, then they tell us the story behind each one as they give them to us to hang up. Β We like to get a new ornament for each year according to what had happened that year, so we have ornaments for every year Daddy and Mommy have been married πŸ˜€


This year’s ornament was one we got while at Holland, Michigan πŸ˜€


This is a rather blurry picture of last year’s ornament, which we got while on our long East trip πŸ™‚




Our angel was given to us by our grandma…the angel’s lights don’t work anymore, but we don’t care, we still like this angel the best πŸ˜€



Another blurry picture, but it gives a good idea of what our living room looks like while we’re decorating it.


Susannah and Cassia thought they were posing for the camera…what they didn’t know was that Anna was recording them πŸ˜€ Β I love how Susannah puts on a ‘scary face’ and tells Cassia, “Act scared!”




Noah hanging our ‘house’ ornament…the one we got for the year we bought our lovely old farmhouse β™₯ Β The ornament even has a window seat, just like our house does.


Listening to ‘ornament stories’. Β Even though we hear them every year, I’m glad we tell them again and again πŸ˜€


Anna is busily writing her name on our traditional paper airplane. Β We sign and date it every year when we put the tree up, then we stick it into the Christmas tree and then sign it again when we take the tree down.


It’s getting really full so we might have to start another airplane some year soon!


Don’t you love Anna’s ‘earrings’?!


It’s almost ‘tradition’ to hang ornaments on our ears and take pictures of it πŸ˜€


Cassia and Susannah


These ornaments were given to us from our neighbors who had visited Israel…there’s twelve of them made from olive wood, telling the Christmas story.



The finished result…



It is also tradition to have these double-chocolate-mint cookies every year…and Susannah was a dear and figured out how to make them GAPS legal πŸ˜€ Β Of course the chocolate chips and the Andes mints aren’t legal, but everything else was πŸ˜€


And we had ice cream left over from Thanksgiving, so we had that with our yummyful cookies πŸ™‚ Β Stop by tomorrow at our open house for the recipe πŸ˜€


I’m so thankful for this season!






p.s. if you think of us, we’d greatly appreciate your prayers as Mommy writes about love and joy in the next couple of weeks πŸ˜€ Β It isn’t a terribly comforting feeling to know that the devil has set his sights on us (he hates God’s name and therefore wouldn’t really want us studying it!) but on the other hand we are comforted to know that “Nothing touches me without my Father’s permission.” Keep a Quiet Heart pg. 135


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Thanksgiving, Christmas Tree Chopping and more…

14 thoughts on “Thanksgiving, Christmas Tree Chopping and more…

  • December 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Jessica, is that your ‘wild’ fall jumper in the top pictures? =)

    Your tree looks lovely. We’ve yet to get ours up….


    • December 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      Yes it is πŸ˜€ I’m sad because it’s time to put it away now that Thanksgiving is over…maybe I’ll get one more time of wearing it in πŸ˜€


  • December 2, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Wow! looks like a fun (and very very very tasty) time! πŸ˜€ The wooden christmas story ornaments were beautiful! πŸ™‚
    The christmas tree farm post was really cool! We never get real trees because they die so quick! We can’t keep goldfish alive either πŸ˜€
    It’s so funny that you should bring up “Keeping a quiet heart” my mom just got that book in the mail day before yesterday!! πŸ˜€

    • December 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Oh yes! I love that book πŸ˜€ Someone gave Mommy a copy years ago, and she gave me my own copy πŸ™‚


      p.s. lol! We’ve had our share of fish problems as well πŸ˜€ Once the motor burned up in the heater for the tank and Susannah said it was very interesting to see all the fish swimming around like crazy as they had their ‘firework’ show!

      • December 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        Oh goodness! that would be interesting πŸ˜€ hahaha πŸ˜‰

  • December 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    your tree looks so awesome! : ) I will pray about the book thing
    we finally got our tree up and decorated!

    oh, have you seen the youtube video called, “If Mary and Joseph had facebook”? You’ve probably already seen it, but if you haven’t, I put a link to it on my blog: http://www.homeschoolblogger/bonnetclub – its so cool!


    • December 2, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      Oh yes! I think we have seen that one πŸ˜€ We’ll have to go over to your blog and see it again πŸ˜€

      Thanks for your prayers!


  • December 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    what a fun looking time…we’re getting our tree in the next few days…love, love this season! Thanks for sharing!

  • January 1, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Hey girls! so u know hindi? I’m frm India, and I luv ur blog n visit it whenever I get time. Was surprised to see the hindi lettering πŸ™‚

    And your site is really a gem – very interesting, beautiful, entertaining, as well as very clean (lil tuf to find such stuff on the web these days). Gr8 job, keep it up!!

    • January 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Sophia! How fun that you are from India! We had a friend come visit us from India, and she showed us some Hindi lettering…so we were having fun with it for a little while afterwards πŸ˜€ Not sure how correctly we were doing it, but it was fun anyway!

      Thanks for visiting our blog and commenting!

  • January 3, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Long post! Surprisingly I read it all! πŸ˜€
    Our basement floods every year too! But we don’t store anything in it or anything!
    Your Thanksgiving looked very tasty πŸ˜‰ Lots of dessert, the best part! πŸ˜€
    Just curious, what’s GAPS Legal?
    Very pretty Christmas tree! πŸ˜€ We go to a place like that too! Except instead of hot cider they do hot cocoa and cookies (:
    Every year my parents but us each an ornament and since there’s 9 kids the tree gets a little full πŸ˜‰
    Pretty Christmas lights!! πŸ˜€ And very nice earrings πŸ˜‰
    Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!! πŸ˜€

    • January 3, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Thanks, Abby! I agree with you…dessert is the best part, lol! ‘GAPS Legal’ means any foods allowed in the GAPS ‘diet’ (we’ve been doing it for a few months now). It’s not a diet to lose weight, but to heal the digestive system πŸ™‚ Pretty much it means no sugar, no grain, no leavenings (like yeast or baking soda). We’ll add in grains later, but for now we’re using coconut flour to make muffins πŸ˜‰

      That is a fun tradition, to get a new ornament each year for each person πŸ˜€ I can imagine your tree does get pretty full!

      Hope you had a Merry Christmas as well! and a Happy New Year πŸ˜€



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