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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Wedding Bells

Thursday we had the privilege of attending the wedding of our neighbors. The weather was beautiful making it even more special. They will be making their home in Brazil where they grew up.

They were married under a big tree on the court house lawn

Exchanging the rings

The newly married couple- Mr. and Mrs. Jardel Fiuza

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas Celebrations

Our decorative stockings

Our little man was all raring to go, bright and early

Everyone in line for the big feast on Christmas day

The day after Christmas we went to Grandma's house to visit with Aunt Terri and Uncle John from Texas.

Amy and Aunt Terri setting out a delicious variety of cakes, pies, cookies, ice cream, and candy

A little boy guarding the cakes

Monday, December 25, 2006

On Christmas Night

On Christmas night all Christians sing, To hear the news the angels bring;
On Christmas night all Christians sing, To hear the news the angels bring:
News of great joy, news of great mirth, News of our merciful King's birth.

Then why should men on earth be sad, Since our Redeemer made us glad:
Then why should we on earth be sad, Since our Redeemer made us glad:
When from our sin He set us free, All for to gain our liberty.

When sin departs before Your grace,Then life and health come in its place;
When sin departs before Your grace,Then life and health come in its place;
Angels and men with joy may sing, All for to see the newborn King.

All out of darkness we have light Which made the angels sing this night;
All out of darkness we have light Which made the angels sing this night:
"Glory to God and peace to men, Now and forevermore. Amen."

~This is one of my favorite traditional English carols ("The Sussex Carol"). My other favorite is the more modern "Mary Did You Know?" While hearing Melanie von Trapp sing it in concert last Christmas in Pennsylvania, I could just imagine what it would have been like to hold the Son of God as her own son. ~ Susan

Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.
Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.
Oh Mary did you know-

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb.
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I AM.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas!

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Philadelphia Relatives Come to Visit

This evening we had a Christmas visit with Dad's sister, husband and son. We had fun telling family stories around the dinner table, exchanging presents and enjoying the gift of music. One of their gifts to us are tickets to join them at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia again in March!!

A pile of cousins :}

See how we have grown?!

Gareth's joyful smile!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Happy Birthday Uncle James!

Today was the day we all been waiting for-Uncle James's 40th birthday!! Everyone enjoyed making a big deal out of it. He is the family joker, and the youngest of Mom's siblings- a fact he regularly reminds them of.
We surprised him with a large Happy Birthday banner along his fence facing the main road, and one hanging from the front of his house! :}

Uncle James's children getting in the act!

Everyone enjoyed working in the unseasonably warm weather-sunny and in the 60's

Jen and Daniel putting on the finishing touches

Cloe giving her best effort

The cake topped with forty black candles presented by his oldest daughter Nelly

After decorating his house we all continued the celebration on his lunch hour at work

We managed to surprise him! :}

The whole Markow clan

Sunday, December 17, 2006

A Fun Day With Cousins

A few days ago we had two of our cousins over for the day. We didn't take very many pictures because we were having so much fun. The day was spent eating fresh cookies out of the oven, playing out side, and watching videos from the top of Jen's bunk-bed. :}

Two cutie pies Macy and John

Spending some time chating with Daniel

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Picture Bloopers

Every year since were young we have sent a Christmas picture in our cards.
Here is a little "behind the scenes look" into what we go through to get the perfect picture for our Christmas cards! :} Here are the prize bloopers.

Take 1. Oops missing a few...let's try that again

Take 15. Hey Daniel! :}

Take 30. Yikes, Sarah hide the hair brush, also Daniel and John could you perk up a little?

Take 50. Ah, Well, getting better but.. not there yet!

Take 101. Don't be weary in well doing! :}

Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas Decorations

The goal is to get all these ornaments on one tree

Jennifer and Susan hanging the highly delicate items up out of little arms way

Amy trying to extend her height and reach to hang the angel atop the tree....

....John caught it on the other side

Sunday, December 10, 2006

At the Christmas Tree Farm

Last Saturday we went with our cousins to a Christmas tree farm where we enjoyed a wagon hay ride, hand dipped ice cream and tag at the play ground.

What a sweet picture!
From left to right Cloe, Aunt Penel and Macy

Ah, What could be better then a hay ride with cousins Luke and James?

Looking for the "perfect" tree

There are three simple steps in cutting down your Christmas tree. If you follow the steps you will have a successful cutting experience.
1. First you crawl under the tree.

2. Next you pull......

...and tug {repeat steps 1 & 2 several times}

3. Smile for the camera when the work is all done.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Bravo Brass

Last Saturday we had the privilege of hearing a friend, Yuri Kravets play in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. The concert was held in an historic church in Rittenhouse Square in down town Philadelphia.

* The picture above is one taken during the ''good ol' days" of music practice!
From left to right is Yuri Kravets, Daniel and Jen Stinnett and Mike Kravets

Friday, December 08, 2006


"There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall and the bells in the steeple too...

Regretfully they tell us

But firmly they compel us

To say goodbye . . .

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night

I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu

Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu

So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen

I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye -- Goodbye!"

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