What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Games

By Creg

For Christmas this year, instead of the usual gift openings of toys & stuff, my mom came up with the idea that we should each make games that family & friends could play. So we set out designing new games that we thought would be interesting & fun. Some were based on an old game, like candyland or go fish. Some were very unique. They've all been fun to play while spending good family time together.

Samantha's game is called "Belle's Barnyard", named after her new filly. You draw a card & move to that color. Some cards have a place on it like "Lenny's World" for Sterling's lizard, "Skye Scape" for Sierra's golden retriever, "Lego Land" for Steele, "Bible Building" for my study, and "Gorgeous Garden" for Chelsa. If you draw one of those cards you go straight to that place for a shortcut or a backward move if you've already passed it.

"Go Fish" is the name of Sterling's game. He took pictures of all of his reptiles, amphibians & fish and made playing cards that you try to match while playing "Go Fish."

Mom's game is the most unique. The name is "Gifts of Gratitude" and it's based on the book "1,000 Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. (If you haven't read this book buy it now!) First you draw a card from the stack & read the quote that is either from Ann's book  or from the Bible. After elaborating on the quote, if you desire, you then roll the dice & move your game piece (a miniature gift-wrapped box made by Charlotte Felix)  to a square. The picture on the square will direct you to tell of something you're thankful to God for. The categories are people, towns, emotions, education, technology, cultures, economics, difficult circumstances, Jesus, Holy Spirit, God, bible, church, creation, family, country living, food, travel, music, & the human body. Playing this game gives everyone a chance to experience the joy of being able to give thanks to God in every & all situations. You will find that you can express gratitude in the smallest of moments & in the biggest of difficulties. And that pleases God. I think she should write to Ann & get this game published.

My game was based on the TV show "Amazing Race" where teams solve clues & complete tasks in a race of mind & body. We had two teams of three and they had to complete 10 stages of questions, hunting, riddles, bike riding, puzzles, & grouping vacation pictures. Chelsa & I were the officials.

Sierra & Steele are working on a game based on the "Hobbit." They said we need to watch the movie before we play to help us get the questions right.

There is nothing like playing a few fun games while drinking hot chocolate & eating popcorn on a cold winter night.

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