Then, on to our third celebration... our actual Christmas Day celebration. What do you do when practically everyone in your family is just like you... missionaries who have no real home of their own in America?! Well, you do like we do and meet in a church! Four of the eight children from hubby's family were able to be together with their families... for a total of 25 people (16 of these children) sleeping in one church building! There was only one shower that only gave HOT water for one day. The rest of the days everyone took cold showers or "bucket-type" showers. Families were bunked out everywhere... on blow-up mattresses, in sleeping bags, on church pews... and spread throughout Sunday School classrooms for nearly a week. It was the most chaotic, memory-filled, FUN week ever! Thank you to Beacon Hill Baptist in Forney, Texas, for allowing us to invade like we did!
Stunningly beautiful tree, gifts, and stockings for the children... mostly provided by Beacon Hill
Hubby's brother Tommy and his family
Hubby's sister Sarah and her familyHubby's sister Anna and her family
And Mom... for a total of 25 people under one roof!
Just looking at these pictures makes me laugh... there were Sloans literally everywhere!
16 of Mom's 28 grandchildren together for Christmas
My gift to hubby... an afghan that I special-ordered online that says David and Jolene Sloan, June 9, 2000, I Love You Most of All (title of a song sung at our wedding)