On Christmas morning we all woke bright and early and rushed downstairs – but it wasn’t presents we were after. We couldn’t wait to open the computer and skype with our missionary! Brandon has been in Russia for six months now, and this was our first chance to hear his voice and see his face since he left. It was so, so great to talk to him. He is so happy and so peaceful. It’s obvious he has fully dedicated himself representing Christ. The peace and joy he feels by sharing the good news of Christ’s gospel just radiates from him. I am so proud of my little brother!
After our talk, Justin and Andrea went back to the Lamb’s for Christmas morning festivities. We decided to wait for them to open our presents, so we enjoyed a big breakfast and a slow morning, and mom and dad had a chance to Skype with their other missionary in Hawaii, Elder Takei. We opened our gifts around 1:00 pm when Justin and Andrea got back. It was different but nice!
Klane gave me a new camera, which was a total surprise. I’m so excited about it; it’s smaller and lighter and easier to carry around, and so I think I will use it a ton more, and get back into the habit of taking pictures! I gave Klane a sight for his gun, which he loved testing out a few days later.
Dad deep-fried a turkey for our Christmas dinner, which was an event in itself. It was entertaining and hilarious and fun, and ultimately, it was extremely delicious. A good time was had by all.
I think it was this night that we played telestrations and laughed until our faces were red. It was such a fun time. I love my family.