Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy 40th birthday Scott!

We had a fun party for Scott's birthday. Mom made it special with 40 candles floating in the pool that Scott blew out with a gigantic straw (AKA pool net pole). So fun he was breathless!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

THE CHRISTmas letter

Merry CHRISTmas from the Grubb family! We hope that all our friends and family are having a fabulous time celebrating these holy-days.
So many new things going on with the Grubbs! New home, new "school", new church, new soccer teams, new friends...
We have had an eventful couple years and for much of the time I did not blog because life was too chaotic. We have settled into a new home in an old city - we're back in Brea, where I grew up. It is fun to be back - close to family and old friends and still not too far from friends we made over our past 10 years in Cypress.
We have learned many life lessons in the past few years and we have made it through many challenges with our sanity and our family in tact. That is a huge blessing.
So this year, we moved from temporary (1year) housing in Cerritos, to temporary (3mos) housing in Brea with my dad to our newest spot, a nice little 3-bedroom apartment. Along with that move, we have changed soccer venues - from our Cypress home field to our new Brea home fields. All 4 kids play soccer for AC Brea which I played for growing up. Super fun to be back at the same field where my parents watched me play!
With the unknowns of where we would be living, we did not join our homeschool group that we've been with for the past 4 years, so it has been a season of homeschooling very much on our own and being intentional about meeting up with friends. I have had the opportunity to use the Bible as our primary text for English grammar, which I had always dreamed of doing. I didn't know how to make it happen until now. We've also been memorizing large chunks of scripture, which led to looking at Bible translations, which led to me taking up a little study of Biblical greek! And honestly, without the English program we've used the past few years, it would have been "all greek to me". But it's been a great time of study.
The move also prompted us to settle into a new church home. We were invited by friends to a church only a couple blocks from our new home and though it is challenging to jump into a new church, it runs with the theme of starting over in almost every part of our lives.
Some things, though, are still the same...
we're still last... last to arrive (everywhere), last-minute planners (we move with no where to go), last-minute vacationers (we took a trip to mammoth lakes and yosemite in july/august), last to leave (if you invite us over, we'll stay and help you clean up), and last to go to sleep (the whole family is still staying up late - even after a brief time of going to sleep and waking with the sun while we lived intense.) (:

We still are trusting the Lord and enjoying His unique and perfect plan for our lives. We can't wait to see what's next, but for now, we are settled after a long period of unsettledness. We hope that you will experience the same joy - of knowing the Savior and trusting Him with every part of your life!

Merry CHRISTmas!
Love, the Grubb six

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry CHRISTmas!

It is finally here! The day we celebrate the birth if our Savior! We did not miss a single evening of advent this year and our kids were most excited to light the Christ candle today as the culmination of a month of preparation and waiting.
Last night's Christmas Eve service "photo booth". 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas tree!

We got our tree last night. It's a little big for our tiny place... We wanted to take advantage of the high ceilings but didn't take into account the premium on floor space. (: whoops!
Everyone competed to get their ornaments highest. 
Even Scott. 
It's a merry christmas season at the Grubb house!

Tis the season

The ABCs of Christmas...
A. Advent readings every night. Advent calendar every morning. 
B. Baking baking baking 
C. Creating cards, counting down the days, carols learned, christmas choir at church
D. Decorating!
Inside and out...