New Traditions, Candle Light Service, Christmas & TUBING ♥

Enjoying our daughters here and thinking about our daughter(s) who ALL of us are dying to meet …We all decided we needed to come up with a new Christmas tradition that honors our daughter(s) culture, birth place and our precious little daughter(s) identity.

December 23, 2010 we decided to start our night out at HABESHA Ethiopian Restaurant in Seattle! The atmosphere was AWESOME, the food was delicious and we felt a little closer to our daughter/sister(s) just by the experience of it all!! ♥

After dinner we drove 5 minutes to the Moore Theater to see an AWESOME show called the Black Nativity! It got our ♥ HEARTS ♥ Pumping, our SOULS Moving and by the end we were all clapping, dancing and PRAISING our AMAZING God and CELEBRATING the birth of CHRIST Jesus our LORD!

At 5:00 on Christmas Eve we went to the Overlake Christian Church Candle Light Service... we had never been to a candle light service before and it was beautiful!  We also LOVED watching the little children up on stage singing... it always stirs up so much emotion in me... to see their enthusiasm, their innocence - LOVING and WORSHIPING Jesus! It Just melts my heart... ♥
Mark 10: 13-15
People were bringing little CHILDREN to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.  When Jesus saw this, he was indignant.  He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the KINGDOM OF GOD belongs to SUCH AS THESE. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little CHILD 
will NEVER enter it,

Christmas Morning Erik made a YUMMY egg casserole and I made some cinnamon rolls and we enjoyed seeing the GIRLS faces light up from some AMAZING gifts from their grandparents, their Auntie and Uncle and us...  There were EVEN gifts under the tree for our little girl(s)! ♥

Leaving the house in a bit of a mess... we zzzzzzzipped up to the pass at Snoqualmie to go TUBING!
We enjoyed Christmas at HOME for the first time in YEARS - However, we missed not spending it in Kenya with the Joy Divine Children's Organization and we MISSED not sharing it with our daughter(s) in Ethiopia.  
I think 2011 is going to be AMAZING!
The GREATEST Christmas Gift of all
Was never placed beneath a TREE,
But lay within a manger
Beneath a star, for all to see.
Isaiah 9:6
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.  The government will rest on His shoulders.  And HE will be called: 
1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy GREAT is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifest in the FLESH. justified in the SPIRIT, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, BELIEVED on in the world, received up into GLORY!


  1. Beautiful post about your amazing and beautiful family!!! Wishing you much joy and incredibly blessed stories to share in 2011!!! Hugs to you, Darcee!

  2. What a FUN Christmas time.. the Black Navity looked like so much fun, and tubing:) I think 2011 is going to be AWESOME...hopefully a lot of kids will be coming home...yay!!!

  3. Looks like a wonderful celebration of Jesus' birth!! I am so excited to follow blogs in 2011 as many of us should be receiving referrals and welcoming home our children! YIPEE!

  4. Black Nativity looks AWESOME!! What a great new tradition! I love all your pictures and I get teary thinking that next year there will be more sweet girls in those pictures! Bring on those referrals and get those babies home!!!

  5. Wonderful new tradition! Looks like your family had a greatly blessed Christmas! May 2011 be filled with abundant blessings! :o)

  6. Love these pics!!! It looks like ya'll had a great Christmas filled with beautiful memories! And I cannot wait to see what and who God has in store for your family in 2011!!! :)

  7. Oh, I love it!!! Wanna meet me in Seattle for ET dinner soon??


Thank you for your kind words! ♥