Saturday, December 26, 2009

Celebrating Christmas

Celebrating Christmas is a special time of our year, as we remember the greatest gift of all gifts.....Jesus our Saviour! We had our Grace Bible Church's Christmas service on Christmas Eve, then went to Samford for my parents Christmas service on Christmas morning. Samford was the first church that welcomed us to Brisbane , although we have never been close enough to go there, we have always enjoy staying in touch!

When you have had Christmas without extended family in years past, due to immigrating. You cannot but truly treasure the 'being together' when it happens....what a blessing to be with Granny and Grandad this Christmas! The rest of the family is always sorely missed. The longing to see them never ever goes away! My Oupa will be 90 next April, and it is nearly 16 years since I have seen my Oupa and Ouma. I miss my sister, Ruthie too. And Doug's Mom and sister, Hazel. ( At least his sister Pauline comes to visit with her famly every few years, but we still miss them too) I have not seen my aunties, uncles and cousins in nearly 16 years and I have never seen any of the cousin's children. How blessed we are to have our dear and precious children though and today(boxing day) we spent with dear friends...God is indeed good! So here a "few" of our Christmas photographs!

Morning tea


Mr Choc

Miss Choc

Cuddles with Groot Sussie ( Big sister)

Cuddles with Granny

New additions to Jessica's mug collection, from Granny and Grandad!

My Mr Clever Puzzle Man

Mr Shy ( or is he our Mr Clown?)


Three - got him!

Mr Sporty

Sisterly love

Miss Patient: Waiting for presents!

Time for Christmas cracker/bonbon jokes

Miss Creative: Eating her gingerbread man creation, with LOTS of lollies/sweeties

Emma's newly adopted second hand Velveteen Rabbit (Who could leave the abandoned Velveteen Rabit in a second hand shop, with nobody to love him!He now has to sleep with Emma in case the story really can come true! I should make up a modern story of our Velveteen Rabbit.)

My Mr Clever Puzzle Man the second: serious concentration!

Or is it Mr Sporty the 2nd? ( or Mr Serious...he did laugh and enjoy is day, we just didn't manage to catch a smile on camera:( )

What a joke....Jarryn had just been pretending to take a huge bite out of our Christmas cake, recipe from Simply Da Best, delicious! At two he can really enjoy a joke like this!

Mommy Joy

Our Table (before we ate!)

Christmas Pudding, recipe from Simply Da Best. Also meringues and ice cream, with home made concoctions.

Later we took our visitors to the park for a night time play, just missing the rain.

A very tired 'glow-in-the-dark' Christmas angel!


  1. Dear Joy, it's been a while since I last visited your blog. Your Christmas photo's are beautiful and what a surprise to see your parents. Love to see you soon!

  2. Hi Marriette, yes lets get together soon! Sorry I dipped out of our conversation on face book today- Don't know what happened? Wil try and find your phone number and call you. Hope you have a lekker kersfees met did familie. Your kds are growing up so nicely!Love Joy