Lucia dancing on stage at HopeKids

This past year Lucia and Rose attended HopeKids Sunday school at our church. They thought it was OK and probably better than going to church every Sunday. Susan and I volunteered once per month as leaders.

Christmas Eve

For traditional Christmas Eve Mass we attended St. Francis with Mimi and Papa and the Reagens. Andrew and Nate were both missing because they weren’t feeling well.

The cousins in attendance.
The cousins with Mimi and Papa.
Andrew joined us for a family picture.
Christmas Eve woudn’t be complete wihout our annual drive through Santa’s Rockin’ Lights at Living History Farms. We call it Hoi Hoi Hoi.

Christmas Eve Eve Mass

For the past few years we have been going to Lutheran Church of Hope for most of our church visits. This year they had 10 Christmas Eve services. We went on Christmas Eve Eve and they did a terrific job. The production is out of this world and the messages and sermons are terrific. If you look closely at that first video you can see the snow falling from the rafters.

Lucia and Rose First Communion

Lucia and Rose celebrated the sacrament of First Communion this morning at St. Francis. Lucia is in 3rd grade and Rose is in 1st grade, but the church allowed them to attend Faith Formation together this year.

This is the cake they made with Mari.
First Communicants

Easter in Yemassee

We started the day off with our traditional Easter basket hunt. Our kids leave their Easter baskets out on the table the night before Easter and the Easter bunny hides them.

Even in the RV, it still took Andrew over 30 minutes to find his basket.

After finding Easter baskets, we head outside to find the eggs that the Easter bunny has also hidden.

This year we went for a walk around the lakes near our campground. It was a cool 65 degrees for our walk, but when I looked at the weather in Des Moines it was 24.

All ready for church!

We went to Saint James the Greater, a small Catholic church about 15 minutes from our campground. It was great.

After church they had a small Easter celebration with hot dogs and treats.

Church Involvement


For the past few years we have been attending church at Holy Trinity, in Beaverdale. It is a nice, small church with a great community and a great priest. Over the years we have become more involved at church. Susan and I lead Children’s Liturgy every couple of months, we volunteer at education events, and I help direct the annual Good Friday Passion reading. This past Sunday Mari and Andrew got into the action, acting as Altar Servers for the first time. They did a great job!

Good Friday Passion

Last night was the Good Friday Passion reading at our church. It is done in the “readers theatre” style and this is the third year I have been the director. The players have to memorize their lines, other than the narrator. The older kids enjoy being involved in the practices and preparation and it is only a matter of time before they are wearing the black and red.

The Final Run-Through
The Final Run-Through