Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

(In case we didn't send you a Christmas letter by an error, Merry Christmas!  Read and enjoy!)

“For unto you is born this day
 in the City of David a Savior 
who is Christ the Lord.”

December 2010
Dear Family and Friends,
Christmas is drawing near and we are excited to celebrate the birth of the Savior.  He came and He will come again!  Does that amazing truth cause your heart to swell?  Like many of you, we are spending much time remembering this and trusting God to help our family live in light of it.
Speaking of living, this past year we have been living with such a greater appreciation for how He actively cares for us.  Specifically, here’s how:
~Wisdom 356 (our year-round homeschool) opened in January for Joshua (6) and Saraina (5)and is in full swing...and we LOVE it!  Homeschooling is SO much sweeter than Kia imagined!  Talk about “training your children when you rise up and along the way...”  We selected a curriculum in June that is working well for our kiddos and the Mama.  (Even Paloma (2.5) loves saying her phonograms and playing with the abacus!)  Kadin (4) is also enrolled in the pre-school program.  The Lord has provided us a separate room in our house just for our school and even a kidney-shaped classroom table that all the students fit around!  We are thankful.  
~Food/au natural...ever since Joshua and Kadin tested positive for egg/peanut allergies and Paloma was unable to drink pasteurized milk, we have been questioning why?  Early this year we decided to try some experimental food changes - drinking “farm fresh” (raw) milk straight from a local cow and buying “farm fresh” eggs straight from local chickens.  After the kids did well with the eggs and milk we pressed on in this endeavor and have been consuming as much organic, chemical/pesticide free food as possible.  The boys now are able to safely eat eggs and peanut butter and Paloma does great with the milk...and we are grateful!  Kia is making all our food from scratch, so no preservatives  or funky chemicals with foreboding names.  It can be a busy and time consuming process.  But is has been inspiring to consider how our food is prepared and where it comes from and what is God’s design in all of this.  Plus the Whitney parents have shed some extra baggage!
~The harvest of our garden was exceptional this year and a family inspired project.  We expanded our little plot and encaged it with a chicken wire fence to keep the wild beasts out.  What a blessing as we harvested fresh veggies from June through October...green beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers, cucumbers, butternut squash, zucchini, peas, kale, carrots, beets and even 2 pumpkins!  
~And the harvest of people continues...Autumn (1.2) is going to be a big sister soon as baby #6 is due in April!  (In our minds, a large fam is when you’ve got 7+ kids.)  We are excited about going for a home birth this round with a certified nurse midwife!  In anticipating the arrival of Baby #6, we upgraded to a massive 15-passenger, sweet ride since we were maxed out in our minivan.  Need a lift?  We have room now!
There’s always more to share but those are some of the highlights.  Have a joyous and Merry Christmas!!!
Love,
William and Kia along with Joshua, Saraina, Kadin, Paloma, Autumn, and Baby #6