The kids could hardly contain their excitement when we were led downstairs to open gifts. Silas told me he woke up at 6:30 and his Christmas gift to us was that he didn’t wake us up until 6:45.

The theme of the day, besides Jesus, was Legos. We found a huge trove of them on craigslist and everybody had a great time building with them together.    

Our international friends, mainly students from St. Cloud State University, arrived for lunch and stayed through the evening.

We had Singapore, Nigeria, Cameroon, Rwanda, Kenya, and Brazil represented at our table today. 

We also started A new tradition… when you visit, you don’t just sign your name underneath our table, but now you also get to mark your home country off on a scratch map. We’re looking forward to seeing the map get filled up in the years to come.


The rest of the day was filled with lots of food, games, and stories.