Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas Break
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  We had an extra special Christmas with Auntie Annie here with us.  We were hoping for snow before she left but it seemed to have come a day late.  We wanted to go sledding with her. 
We had a wonderful time.  We watched lots of movies, ate lots of food and she even took us to see Star Wars and out for pizza.  Thank you for the awesome memories!

Everyone was excited to have the snow in our house.  They were out there early in the morning playing and shoveling. 

Thank you for loving us dear friends.

Olivia has been sewing like crazy with my mom.  She made little sleeping bags and pillows for her hedgehog.

 blurry but you get the idea.....winter wonderland

 Olivia did the table for Christmas.  She just kept adding stuff as she went.  

She made beautiful cards for each person.

Made a few gingerbread houses which nobody ate except Miah.

 Thank you for the cute little outfit Grandma Mimi.  He passed out just like this.

Our delicious birthday cake for Jesus..

Thank you for the wonderful gifts, the donations for Abraham's adoption, and gift cards.

Our fun food box from Papa and Nanee

The hats from Papa Paul and the beautiful sign from Sarah were a hit!

Thank you for loving on us!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Day 24

It was Miah's pick he chose to give some goodies to a friend.  We're always sad to see our random act of kindness advent come to an end.  We came up with a few new ideas for next year already.  Our job throughout the year  is to always continue doing a few every month.  Being kind and nice can have such an impact on someone's life.  Choosing to be compassionate can change the world!

This was our letter this year.

Merry Christmas from the Funkhouser Family
So thankful for God’s many blessings…2015
What a blessed year we had.  God is so faithful.  In between our trips to Mayo every 3 months, homeschooling, and wrangling everyone in this crazy house, Abraham fell into our lap in late August.  As many of you know, we have tried to adopt for the past 7 years. We’ve suffered through 3 failed attempts, with each one being more difficult to recover from. We lost time, energy, emotions, lots of money, and at times our faith was rattled but we never faltered. The mercies of God cannot and will not fail and his faithfulness is unwavering. He makes beautiful things out of us.  During those difficult times we grow.  Each new challenge built strength and character we didn’t know we had. These are the moments that make it all worth it.  These are the moments that we hold on to.  Thank you all of you who for being a part of Abraham's journey.  God is completely amazing!

Dave celebrates 10 years with Kiel P.D. as Chief of Police this month. Time really flies. He continues to be busy with day to day work, speaking engagements and sharing his story of faith and how good our God is.  He is loving all the opportunities God has put in our path and hopes to write a book. Dave also had a very busy year serving as President of the Wisconsin police chiefs. 

I continue to homeschool my little 6 pack and love every busy, loud and crazy minute of it.  They have hearts for God and love to serve others with the gifts that God has given them. It takes a lot of patience and grace but each day is a new one.  

Odin is 12 years old and maturing so fast. He loves to draw, read, play football, serve the homeless and create all sorts of things.  He is a peace maker, a care taker and a grace giver.

Jonah is almost 11 and loves to play with his action figures, Legos, drawing and reading.   Jonah is a laugh giver and tender hearted. He is a showman and loves to make others smile and laugh.

Olivia is almost 10 and loves to bake, create anything, crafts, and has a passion for science.  She also loves playing school, organization and listening to music.  She is quite the busy little lady crafting and creating all day long.  She is a light spreader, a beauty finder and a joy thrower.

Jeremiah is almost 8 and loves board games, playing with action figures, Legos and loves football.  He is a people lover, always smiling and full of life. Somehow he became a Seahawks fan and roots wildly for them every game,

Gabriel is a 3 year old bundle of pure joy.  He never stops talking and smiling.  He is such a happy guy and full of energy. He loves the Avengers, the Ninja Turtles, wrestling with Daddy, and loves to play board games. 

Abraham is such a bundle of squishy love and we are so blessed.  He had a rough start but at almost 4 months now he continues to be an easier baby day by day.   Everyone continues to love on him and serve him whenever they can. He’s beautiful. 

To those of you who have donated towards Abraham’s adoption…THANK YOU!

  Praying you all have a wonderful Christmas. 
We are gathering with our family and celebrating the
Saviour and making memories.

There are so many things to be thankful for this year.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Thank you for blessing us through this journey.
 Blessings from our family to yours.

  Have a Merry Christmas!
Day 23

We got some beautiful flowers for someone special going through a hard time.  I didn't take any pictures because it was dark and Abraham was sleeping.  We drove to their house(on a dead end) and Odin did the ding dong ditching.  It was priceless.  We were laughing hysterically watching her look around for the night ninjas.

Making more Christmas cards to bless others with.   

I'm telling you between pen pals, and letter writing to all sorts of family and we have constant mail going out to God too. 

 These two were having so much fun painting.  Really just making a mess here.

We are doing this today!

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve.  We are picking up Auntie Annie!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Day 22

We made some delicious pretzel bark.  This stuff is so addicting.

 Making cutouts with the kids.  It was a last minute thing here at the Funks.  We had 3 extra kids we were babysitting and Jonah decides to start making cutouts.  It's rarely ever, not busy here I'm telling ya.... 

 Not bad this year.  Half the time they put so much junk on there you don't want to even eat them.  

Thank you for the huge blessing of gift cards.  We are so grateful for you all loving on us.  

Happy Tuesday! 
Day 21

These were so easy and so addicting.  2 pretzels with a melted Reese's peanut butter cup in between and pour a little melted chocolate over the top.  

The kids are helping me with my first book of CD's

Olivia's creation

Have a great Monday!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Day 20

Baked goods is our love language....delivered 7 pans to our neighbors.

Have a wonderful Sunday!
Day 19

Here we go with our last polar bear.  It worked out good because our friends were gone.  We were looking for a plug to plug it in but no dice.

   We have some serious bingo playing going on here.

Thank you for the neighborly treats.

I went upstairs and found these two looking at pictures on Miah's camera.  Sooo cute!

We're doing some baking and having some friends over to hang.
Have a wonderful Sunday!  

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Day 18

Love the errors and all..

We've been crazy for paper here.  My dad brings us all of his old paper they don't use and we are having our way with it.

There's always so much going on in this house.

Thank you for the generous donation towards Abraham's adoption.  We are almost there.
$5,000 more to go. 
Thank you all for loving on us!

Happy !

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