Hot Atlanta (Well, the people are warm)

By Jenny

Sandra&Kids

Sandra the Elf and the Ward Kids visit with Santa

While in Atlanta we stayed with our old friends, the Sheads. We call them Nanny and Poppa; they’re like adopted grandparents.

Our first evening we went to the Christmas parade in Douglas. We filled our pockets with candy, and tried our hardest to ruin our teeth! The parade was slightly different than the ones we have in Idaho, where they all consist of horses, horses, and maybe a horse drawn carriage. You get the idea. This was a little different; mostly cars. Of course we had the luck to have the Harley-Davidson crew stop by us when the parade got backed up. Lovely smell, exhaust is!

The next evening we attended a Christmas tree lighting,  with a dance and concert. A few of the dance academies performed, and it was really neat to watch. We had a variety of tap, ballet, interpretive, and bit of hip-hop. I must say, the 5 yr-old and below’s performance of ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claas’ was especially cute!

Riding the Christmas Train at the Douglasville Mall while visiting Sandra Shead.

Riding the Christmas Train at the Douglasville Mall while visiting Sandra Shead.

Sunday we visited at Liberty Baptist Church, Mom’s church during middle school. Afterwards, Dad & Mom had a meeting with the Peachtree City United Methodist Church mission committee, while us kids enjoyed Steak N Shake milkshakes and watched ‘Elf’ with Nanny and Poppa.

Our Champions at PTCUMC. Thanks so much Teresa and Greg!

Our Champions at PTCUMC. Thanks so much Teresa and Greg!

Overall, it was a great visit! Very fun and a time to slow down and relax. We love you Nanny and Poppa!

Our Family Bible Reading Plan

By Brian

We are trying a little different family Bible reading plan this year. This is a read-through the Bible in a year plan. Each weekday you read 2 chapters from OT, 1 chapter from Poetry, and 1 chapter from NT. Weekend it is just 2 chapters of OT each day. We do our family Bible reading at mealtimes so at each meal we do one part of the reading (Breakfast is OT, lunch is Poetry, and dinner is NT). Each family member is also roughly keeping up with the schedule during their own private devotions.

We got this plan from Faith Baptist Bible College and its available from their website as a set of bookmarks (one for each section). You can download or print your own or request that they mail you some bookmarks.

Sarah is reading well enough now that she is able to read and take part in a real Bible. Speaking of Bibles we are using the New Living Translation (NLT) as our family reading Bible. I have been able to get each of the kids a NLT Study Bible used (nearly new) from Amazon.