Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!

so then, let us consider Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith.
Because of Him,
Love from the Brandt Family

Advent Activities...

...a beautiful performance of Handel's Messiah by the St. Mary's College Choir
Gingerbread Houses... games...

...making a banner to send to far away family...

...attending a concert with Windham Hill recording artists...

                                           ...evening devotions and reading from our advent book.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Advent Begins!

For years we have used Arnold Ytreeides's trilogy: Jotham' Journey, Bartholomew's Passage and Tabitha's Travels as part of our daily Advent Family Devotions.  This year we return to Bartholomew's story as he discovers the Messiah. We have also been using a book describing the origins of Christmas carols. We use this before we sing. After closing in prayer, Steven reads the benediciton and we sing the Doxology.

Mihret's First American Christmas

Yes, Christmas is celebrated in Ethiopia, as some of the country is Orthodox.
However, it's certianly different than here!

The Boy's First Deer Hunting Season!

It's good to have meat right in your back yard!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Retirement from the Air Force - October 8, 2010

This photo was taken just following the ceremony at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.  We celebrated 20 years of faithful service that day.