December 25th to January 8th
On Christmas Day, Josiah embarked on his first trip to Holland, Michigan, where he was greated by all of Tonya's extended family. Tonya's Grandma Breuker is sitting with him in this picture. None of Tonya's grandparents had an opportunity to meet Josiah until this trip.
Josiah's Great Grandpa Breuker loved to play horsey with him, and he loved it too! Josiah is Grandpa and Grandma Breuker's first great-grandson.
Josiah not only loved to sit with his Great-Grandma VanKampen, but also loved her cooking and toys!
This is a picture of Grandma VanKampen and all of her Great-Grandchildren. There will be at least three more in next year's Christmas get-together's picture!
Tonya's Grandpa Breuker restored this Dutch boy and girl for our front yard, to sit with our windmill and tulips next spring! We were very excited with this surprise gift!
Josiah and his cousin Sydney were like peas in a pod during the holidays. Since they are four months apart, they are very curious about eachother, so much that they pulled eachother's hair and faces a lot! We know that even though they live in different parts of the country, they will be good friends as they grow up. They are sitting with Tonya's parents in this picture.
Sooooo tired! Josiah was so worn out by the end of the last Christmas party in Michigan that he let his great Aunt Brenda rock him to sleep, letting Mommy and Daddy open the rest of his presents without him. After this party was over, we drove though the night to South Carolina, where we spent time with Tonya's parents and siblings for a few days (they followed behind us from Michigan the next morning!) Josiah slept all night as we expected, allowing us to make good time.
Tonya's brother Randy finally got to meet Josiah on this trip. He isn't completely used to being an uncle yet, but sure knows how to buy great toys for Christmas!
"Clippity Clap, Clippity Clap, I'm a pretty pony!" the song plays as Josiah rides his cousin Sydney's new rocking horse. His aunt Cathy enjoyed spending several days with her little nephew on this trip!
On New Year's Day, we travelled from Columbia to Raleigh to see old friends we knew from when we lived in North Carolina. We stayed with Tonya's old roomate from seminary, Emily, and her husband Ben. Their dog, Beasley, is not happy in this picture, because Josiah is chewing on HER toy!
We got to have lunch with Tonya's good friend Kim, who was about to celebrate her 30th birthday!
Emily loved entertaining her smallest houseguest ever. He felt right at home too!
On January 5th, our good friends from Nepal, Abraham and Kamala, came to spend five days in our home. They are church planters in Western Nepal who also work for the m's there to help in countless ways. In addition to speaking at two churches in the area to gain prayer and financial support, they enjoyed sight seeing with Tonya and Josiah. Here we are with Kamala in front of the Ohio River in Padukah, KY.