This year has flown by lickety-split.
’Twas a wonderful time, wasn’t it?
Finding time to rhyme-it has been a tad tough
So we’re afraid this wRap may sound a bit rough…
We started the year Oklahoma bound
When our shoes in Hot Springs froze to the ground.A visit to Fordyce and Arlington Hotel,
(We hear they’ve had visits from Capone’s gang as well.)
In Oklahoma we made our usual stops:
Visiting B’s family with all of their daughters;
Hiking Boulder Canyon where David fell in the water;
Wichita’s Holy City before we headed to see
Even more family back in West Tennessee.
On Valentine’s Day, David turned eight
(Another creation that Brandy did not have to bake).
Then Atlanta in April - the very first Chick-fil-a,
The Aquarium, Coke World, and Southeastern Railway
We ate hot dogs at a drive-in called The Varsity
And enjoyed a bit of LEGOLAND Discovery.
Then we wrapped up another school year with glee
As Stephen recited Memory Master Times Three,
and a kitchen remodel with just a few weeks to spare,
For mid-June is when a new chapter began
As we added another little man to our clan.
And about a month later, Stephen turned eleven.
We traveled to Chatty in August to experience,
Then Stephen and David were part of the cast
for Dramatic Society, where they relived the past
A moving play that saw many slaves “Free at Last!”
This year the boys updated their LEGO room
They performed with Kidz Choir, in which each sings,
Of Patrick Henry’s cry “Give me liberty, please”
With the church puppet team, he performed in blacklight
His lead role this year was that of “Speak Life.”
Along Tennessee Highway Twenty-Five
We hiked Bledsoe’s Fort; the state park came alive
Then Wynnewood hosted pre-Civil War Christmas cheer.
We all dressed up and pretended to spy
for the sixth birthday of Secret Agent Levi.
We fed Levi’s top-secret, undercover craze.
Now as Christmas approaches and year comes to an end…
It’s not about the amount that you spend,
Nor is it about the crafts that you make
Or the gifts that you wrap or the cookies you bake.
If you’re finding yourself a bit bedraggled and worn
Take a moment to remember this Son that was born
And lay down these struggles, and find your release
For this One Gift was given: He’s the Prince of Peace.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Our family wishes you a very Merry Christmas!
Gary, Brandy, Stephen, David, Levi, and Isaac Ferrell
|Image Credit: Angela Vaden, Angels Photography|