Breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. Cruz begged for pancakes so banana pancakes it was.
We were up, fed, dressed, had taken pictures and posted them before most normal human beings were probably even awake. Having early risers has it's advantages but it sure makes for a tired mom and dad.
my boys on Thanksgiving Day 2014
our family on Thanksgiving Day 2014
definitely what I am most thankful for!
more game playing for the MK's
Daniel, Lindsay, Cruz, Caleb, Jonathan, and Luke
Here are Cruz and Lindsay playing baseball using a stick and an orange. Cruz really enjoyed his time with the MK's this year. He thought they were so cool.
After lunch and thankfully while my boys napped we all gathered in the living room to have a farewell time for one of our families that is retiring. It was fun to hear stories of their early years on the mission field and have time to encourage them. Having this time of fellowship when a couple retires is another Guatemala Baptist Mission tradition.
Helen, David, Glynis, Debbie, and Billy
Lily, Gary, Lindsay, and Mark
Debby, Penny, Keith, and Gini
Here are Roger and Vicki Grossman receiving their plaque from George Hardeman. They will be retiring this year.
A group photo of everyone who was able to celebrate together this year.
We also enjoyed a walk down to the lake to take in the beautiful views.
me and my boys on Thanksgiving Day 2014 at Lake Attitlan
I love this photo of my guys looking out over the lake!
enjoying the sunset before we walked back to the mission house
We stopped and let the boys get a treat on the walk back. They both picked out popsicles.
Friday was a pretty laid back day for us. Most everyone returned home that day but just a few of us. We spent the day with the Stamps and Grossmans. We went out for lunch together, spent the afternoon at the house enjoying fellowship together, and then that night had supper together. We called in pizza, built a fire, and had a nice evening together. It was fun. We watched the classic "Frosty the Snowman" with the boys before calling it a night.
Who doesn't love the warmth of a good fire? It was a great way to end our last night there!
So, now it's time to drag out the trees and the decorations for our next big celebration because if Cruz has told me once he's told me a thousand times "Christmas is coming, mama, Christmas is coming!!!" He's excited. I'm excited. It's just an exciting time of the year! Memories were just made but oh the ones we have left to look forward to in 2014!