The Rest of December

Well, this is the last time I’ll be posting till next year! ✨✍πŸ’₯

This is definitely one of the best things about December!! A fridge covered with friends and family!
Snowman & snowlady making at church for a lady’s fellowship was really fun and they turned out really cute! πŸ™‚
Alex the mischievous admirer. =)
The others liked them so much that we had our own special snowman/lady making day with kind Mrs. Mann.
April and Mrs. Mann.
All eleven of us!!πŸ˜‚
Techy tyke.
Alyssa and the little kids have been going through the Moody books.
Little kitchen helpers.
Alyssa and one of her 11 piano students, Madison Grace. πŸ™‚
Doing this on leftover pieces of siding makes you fly down that hill likeΒ  nobody’s business!
Time for Christmas shopping!
Justy and Prilly with Teddy and Lisa.
The boys did a great job stacking most of this wood!
Me & the two energy balls up the street.πŸ˜…βš‘
April’s 8th b-day.
More sledding.
Going for a police fly!
Winter rides & errands.
Andrew in the studio.
Alex’s new thing is ties. He’s sure to be wearing one, even though they rarely match his outfit.

A resourceful hair clip.
Joseph had a fun time going to work with dad one day last week.
Grampa Camuso joined us for yesterday’s afternoon!
There were many excited conversations about our Italian ancestors, music, food, politics, words, accents, and tons more! Grampa is sure to have an answer for ANY question!
Grampa brought along his guitar, which was so wonderful!!!
Listeners.
We had a great time singing around the guitar.
And later, we joined Grampa’s guitar with piano & violin.
“Oh Sacred Head Now Wounded” was the song of the night!
And today we are celebrating the last day of 2017 with homemade Chinese food! Dad stirring the lo mein.
Crab Rangoon.
Wantons.

Until next year!
Abbie

Christmas Moments

Merry Christmas a few days too late! πŸ™ŠπŸ˜

Last Thursday we went to Granny’s Christmas party.
Looking at Granny’s slideshow.
Friday night (don’t ask why) we opened gifts from we sibs… We drew names earlier this month. πŸ™‚
Aren’t they cute?😍
April got a doll.
Alex (unknowingly haha) was the one who had April.
Josh. Notice his already puckering face at the sight of Jolly Ranchers and Sour-patch Kids.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‹
Joseph was glad I’d found caramel M&Ms lol. πŸ˜€
Dad & Mom.
Denis joined us for Sunday afternoon and Monday!
Alyssa & I making calzones.
Joseph did Denis’ photo shoot, which turned out pretty great!
Dad preached Christmas Eve.
Our attempts at singing were not stellar.
That night we had a blast playing Apples to Apples with Denis!
Yikes!
After we were done playing, Joseph & Denis went crazy. #causingwaytoomuchlaughter
Let it snow!
Christmas morning we opened gifts from Dad & Mom.
Joseph’s new book, “How to Win Friends & Influence People,” looked interesting to more people than himself!
Alex.
Julie’s book got the most attention though – all 5 oldest have read it already!
Smiles ready to go outside!
It was beautiful when we went out!
Andrew and Denis.
Ahhhhhhh…πŸ‚β˜ƒβ„πŸ˜Œ
Alex is obsessed with cars, but especially “Uncle’s bruum, bruum.” And this time he asked to be held so he could look out the window and stare at Denis’ mustang!β€πŸ˜‚
Time for Monopoly.
The players.
Festivities included a candy fest, as well as our traditional Italian meal. πŸ˜€
We always end up in the studio. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

That sums up our time celebrating Jesus’ Birthday. I hope yours was just as blessed! -Abbie

β€œIn this was manifested the love of God toward us,
because that God sent his only begotten Son into the
world, that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9)

Happy Birthday, April!

I remember this day 8 years ago! It was early in the morning and I saw the dark forms of the midwife and her assistant walking past our bedroom door with a big bag. Later I thought I heard a baby crying, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up yet. When I was sure that I had definitely heard a baby crying I woke up Alyssa & Julie! We lay in bed whispering until Dad came in the room and told us that April Jocelyn was here!! In a little bit we were allowed to go to Mom and Dad’s room to meet baby. πŸ™‚

Holding April for the first time on the morning she was born!
<3
Sisters.
Happy 8th Birthday, April!!

Love,
Abbie

This Month’s Highlight!

Sorry for being such a horrible blogger of late! I decided I had to post about the most exciting events before the lesser… πŸ˜‰ Little Ezra Joseph was born on the 7th! Mom was thrilled to be able to attend the birth. He is absolutely adorable!

On Friday morning we girls got to help Aunty Esther with our little cousins! The big girls babysat the kids at home while Aunty, Sam, Ezra, & I went to Sami’s doctor appointment. Later, Mom & the rest came to pick us up and meet Ezra.
Andrew & Ezra.
Playing.
Silly us πŸ˜€
Ezra’s quilt was sooo much fun to make!
Adorable wavers!
Sunday evening, we got to go to NEBC!!
Mr. Banda kept the laughter going with his jokes.
Me & Ezra–isn’t he soooo cute?!
So much cuteness in this little cousin Emma.πŸ’œ
Hanging around after taking the Hawkins’ family picture!
Friends! πŸ™‚
Then, we girls got to stay the long-dreamed-for-night at Grandpa and Grandma’s! There was, of course, much talking and laughter.
In the morning, Grandpa drove us to Aunty Esther’s for another fun time!
Puzzle time with Julie and Ben!
I went with Sam, Ezra, and Aunty Esther again for another doctor’s appointment. We had a fun time!
Ben & Alyssa.
Pray for little Samuel! His juvenile idiopathic arthritis needs lots of prayer and healing!
Dad picked us girls up and took us out to dinner (Chipotle!!) that night. πŸ˜€

We had great times helping out! Aunty Esther was a lot of fun to be with, and the kids were lot’s of fun to play with!

Until next time,
Abbie

Meanwhile, Back in New Hampshire

So, typically November doesn’t end that quick, but this time it did! And… it’s December!!

Andrew made King Saul. Isn’t it amazing!?
Crowded around an ancient LG phone…
Someone found Alyssa talking to Bri *on the washer* one night…anything for a quiet corner!
When Mr. Connor agrees we should get a picture because we all happen to be matching at church, but he won’t look at the camera.πŸ˜‚
Clown show one night!
You’d be surprised at the variety…

What gets put on the iMac when some people are excited haha!
The report was true. Denis skipping about in the studio.
Watching the outcome.
Sir Joseph.
Abbie Junior & Abbie.
The latest driveway “vehicle” Β free from the Swap Shop! (btw, they’re working on a new one, The Chariot!)
The guys built a lego Whitehouse!
Shotgun shooting on Thanksgiving Eve. This was me with my support group…πŸ˜†
Later on at Grampa Camuso’s. Us girls having fun with Hannah! =)
Table talk…
Joel & Justus.
Josh & Joe wrestling after carpentry class. πŸ˜€
Josh invented these pretty decors with everything coming straight off our property!
Aren’t they pretty?!

Cheers!
Abbie

Our Thanksgiving Day

We enjoyed a fun Thanksgiving with family here at our place. πŸ™‚ It was also Denis’ birthday, and he brought a friend to help celebrate with us!

Birthday balloons…
Famous foosball!
Piano playing.
Fireside fun. Grandpa always loves a fire crackling in the stove!
Trendy tables.
Storytime with Grandma!
Ben, Sam, Justus, & firetruck.
Dinner!
Waiting for the cheesecakes.
Uncle & nephew.
In the fresh air!
Target practice.
Treehouse fun.
Poor Paul perceived plenty of people peering at his pernicious progress while perambulating down from his precarious perch.
Ashlyn and Grandpa.
Aunty Esther and some kiddos.
Denis leisurely laying legos in laborsaving locations.
Dad, Uncle Joe, Denis, and Paul shot shotguns.
Mom helping Sam, Justus, and Ben make pilgrim hats.
Happy sugar-stuffed cousins.
With Ben & Ashlyn.
Justus and Ben–best buddies.
Cousins. <3
Pence Pretzel cabin-making fun!
Josh found that the most Denis, Paul, & my heads could hold was 7 plastic pieces.
Hanging out around the fire.
Paul’s addition to his head was about to tumble.
Denis dealt deft adaptments for desperate back distress.

And that was our wonderful Thanksgiving!

-Abbie

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 69:30

Family Encouragement Weekend!

The FEW conference was a very special and very wonderful time. It was fun seeing old friends, making new friends, and meeting in person people we know online. πŸ™‚ After our visit to D.C. we went to the FEW for the rest of the day! Saturday morning the conference continued and we stayed till 9 something at night. πŸ˜€ Enjoy the pics!

Dinner.
April and a sweet new friend, Sheila. πŸ™‚
Sarah and me. It was so much fun to see her again!!
Staddons singing “Be Strong.”
Mr. Wilkes’ session on “Standing Alone.”
Chloe and Alyssa.
Fellowship
Olivia & me.
The 3 families that host the FEW sang “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”
Skit time!
Goliath.
Frightened Israelites.
David, sling, and stones, after denying the “salad bowl” helmet.πŸ˜‚ Also, notice the cardboard phone..πŸ˜‚.πŸ˜‚
Daniel praying.
A bad prince….
…persuading King Darius to throw Daniel in the Lion’s Den.
And in goes the bad prince!
Joshua & Caleb encountering resistance.
The outside discipleship games were SO MUCH FUN!!
Lava Pit was the best. πŸ˜€
Kathryn, Alyssa, & Justus.
Part of the orchestra.
Chalk talk with Donald.
Lone giraffe – continuing the “Standing Alone” theme.
Panel discussion.
Alyssa, Chloe, Meg, & myself. These girls were so much fun. πŸ’–
Room full of laughter & stories.
Lauren & I had a great time eating ice cream & talking. πŸ˜‰
Hannah entertaining the littles. =)
Bathroom clean-up crew!

And that completes two fabulous days at the FEW.
Church the next day was amazing.

After church at the Wilkes, Daniel conducted a wonderful, four-part harmony, unmarried people’s choir! We sang “Like a River Glorious” & “Be Thou My Vision” for all the parents.
Discipleship Soccer in action!
Water break.
Volleyball.

After reluctant goodbyes we left Virginia and got home at 3:32 a.m. on Monday.

Well, that’s the last from our never-to-be-forgotten trip!
~Abbie