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Adventivities: Days 1-5

We’re living it up at the Rumley house now that the celebration of Jesus’ birthday is ON! We have a little advent calendar (thank you, Joann Fabric after-Christmas clearance from last year), and we have the Jesus Storybook Bible.

Each day, we’re taking in an advent reading from the plan posted here. See? Here’s Luke reading to the kids one evening.

We highly recommend this Bible for children. Not only are the illustrations beautiful and more ethnically accurate (Jesus was NOT an Anglo-Saxon, folks), but the content is great, too. It presents Scriptural events in the light of Jesus’ coming. Notice the subtitle? “Every story whispers His name.”

Along with the reading, we’re also doing a small-to-medium activity from our advent calendar. Sometimes they have something to do with Jesus, but mostly they’re just fun, get-excited kind of activities.

Here’s what we’ve done so far…

Day 1: Make peppermint milkshakes for dessert.

YUM to the O, and super easy. And a bonus – the kids always love crushing things with my meat mallet. 😉

Day 2: Visit the dollar store to shop for your siblings for Christmas.

Don’t worry, Melissa, Karl, Alonna, Dan, Em, Erin, Tobin, Betsey, Micah, Zach, or Elyse. This one was just for our kiddos. Your gifts are not from the dollar store. 🙂

I also didn’t take a picture of the event, but rest assured that our kiddos love visiting the dollar store, and they were so sweet to fund the event from their own “spending” jars.

Day 3: Turn the Christmas music UP and have a dance party!

Did it. Took pictures. Not allowed to post the pictures. 🙂

Day 4: Watch Elf and eat popcorn!

Also did it, without pictures. We <3 Elf, and yet I was so tired that I slept through the first half of it. Oops!

Day 5: Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens to see the Christmas trees!

We are very fortunate to have a membership to Frederik Meijer Gardens. We enjoy the children’s garden in the spring/summer/fall, the Christmas trees in winter, and the butterfly exhibit in the spring.

We partook of the Christmas tree exhibit tonight, and each person in our family chose their “favorite tree” to take a picture with. Here we go…

Ava’s favorite: Korea. Score one for Uncle Dan!

Luke’s (and Jaden’s) favorite: Spain. I think Luke felt an affinity for this one because of its great height.

Grace’s favorite: Slovak Republic. It made Luke and me think of our friends, the Rices, who live there.

Caleb’s favorite: Africa. Not sure why a whole continent only got one tree to represent?

My favorite: Ukraine. It was mostly decorated in white, with spider web decorations all over it. Look up the Ukrainian legend about the Christmas tree spider webs sometime. Pretty cool.

Grace’s and my second favorite: Iceland. It was really gorgeous, decorated in whites and silvers, with red ornaments interspersed.

Caleb and Ava’s 2nd favorite: [I cannot remember the country – oops!]

That’s all for now. Day Six is coming…

And the ultimate purpose of all of these things is to ANTICIPATE THE COMING of our LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST! We are SO ASTOUNDED at His incarnation!

Shoeboxes of Love

We know Christmas is around the bend when we break out our plastic shoeboxes and all the little treasures I’ve been collecting throughout the year…Little toys, toothpaste, school supplies from August, candy from Halloween clearance, etc.

In past years, we’ve put together four shoeboxes and given them all to Operation Christmas Child, a great ministry. But last year we discovered that we can send shoeboxes of goodies to our sponsored children in Haiti! Woot, woot!

So, this year Jaden packed a box for Operation Christmas Child, and the other three kiddos packed boxes for their sponsored children in Haiti.

(When I say “their” sponsored children, I don’t mean that the kids give financially to our sponsorships…although, maybe someday God will lay it on their hearts to do that. What I mean is, we have sponsored three children – a girl who is 2 days younger than Grace, a boy who is 1 month older than Caleb, and a girl who is about a month younger than Ava. This way, it’s like our kids have Haitian siblings to pray for and love on. It’s worked well for us so far. Jaden will get his Haitian sibling – Lord-willing – when he turns 5, as has been the tradition so far.)

Today we dropped off the three boxes at Baptist Haiti Mission in Rockford.

We are so excited to know that our sweet kiddos will have some treats and gifts this Christmas. Most of all, we’re happy to know that they will learn about Christ’s birth.

We also dropped off Jaden’s box. And although we don’t have pictures of the boy who will receive this box, we’re happy to know that he, too, will hear about Jesus.

Toys and candy are fun gifts, but Jesus is the GREATEST gift of all. It’s the least we can do to share His love with the children He loves!

Bristol’s Busy Box

One of the favorite gifts we gave this year (so far) was a “busy box” for our 1-year-old niece Bristol. It was full of activities to keep her little hands busy…some of which are a little too advanced for her right now, but she’ll grow into.

Want a peek?

A book to help our sweetheart remember us, even though she lives 15 hours away…




An I-Spy Bag (made by me, from the tutorial here)…


Stringing foam…

See-and-Feel Cards…

Pom-Pom Push-In…

Button Snake…

Many of these busy bag ideas came from this site.

Christmas Decor

If you came to the Rumley Ranch this advent season, you wouldn’t see a wreath on the door like you did last year…simply because I’ve been to busy-lazy to make one from the boughs I have waiting in the garage.

But this is what you WOULD see…










Stockings are stuffed…

Tomorrow we celebrate!

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